Spyder Classics: The C-61 Pegasus

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Spyder Classics: The C-61 Pegasus

Postby JD Spydo » Tue Mar 09, 2021 4:15 pm

I've been accused by a few of the Brethren for not giving proper, well deserved attention to many of Spyderco's small bladed models. I guess I am just a bit prejudice in a way because the Para2 model is about as small as I've worked with for the past 4 years or so. But an old girlfriend of mine from about 12 years back really loved it when I gave her a C-61 Pegasus. She really bragged a lot about that model. I gave her a full SE version of that golden oldie and I must admit that for the blade size it wasn't bad at all.

Now one of my all time favorite Short Bladed Spyders was the SPUR model which went by way of the dinosaurs I guess. Because I haven't seen one of them for sale or trade in over 7 years or more. I'm curious as to how many of you all have this golden oldie small blade? And how it compared from PE to SE. I will say that most of Spyderco's short bladed models do better than you would expect in SE.

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Re: Spyder Classics: The C-61 Pegasus

Postby JD Spydo » Tue Mar 09, 2021 10:49 pm

Really!!??? Seriously!!??? no one knows about the C-61 Pegasus model :confused: . And it was in the main line and all the catalogs for quite some time in the late 90s and early 2000s. It's in the size range of the Dragonfly. There are Spyderco models that are obscure and this might be one of them. But I was sure that some of my fellow forumites were familiar with this older model :confused:

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Re: Spyder Classics: The C-61 Pegasus

Postby tbdoc4kids » Tue Mar 09, 2021 10:59 pm

Spydiewiki does say it is only rarely discussed on the forums. I have never seen one.

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Re: Spyder Classics: The C-61 Pegasus

Postby Rinzler » Tue Mar 09, 2021 11:20 pm

JD Spydo wrote:
Tue Mar 09, 2021 10:49 pm
Really!!??? Seriously!!??? no one knows about the C-61 Pegasus model :confused: . And it was in the main line and all the catalogs for quite some time in the late 90s and early 2000s. It's in the size range of the Dragonfly. There are Spyderco models that are obscure and this might be one of them. But I was sure that some of my fellow forumites were familiar with this older model :confused:
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Re: Spyder Classics: The C-61 Pegasus

Postby ZrowsN1s » Wed Mar 10, 2021 2:20 am

Looks like a less refined Dragonfly.
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Re: Spyder Classics: The C-61 Pegasus

Postby VWTattoo » Wed Mar 10, 2021 9:27 am

Hi, JD, I love your chosen model discussions whenever I scroll through the forums, as they remind me of the models you and I have both coveted over the years. The Zowada, Merlin, Temperance, Lava, and Dyad just come to mind.

Anyway, with this post, you reminded me of the small Spydies in my collection, and how nice they are to carry and enjoy. One can appreciate how the design evolved from the Experimental Models 01 and 04 into the Pegasus, which is so similar to the Navigator. The obvious evolutionary path is to the Dragonfly, which smooths out the 2nd finger swell. They are 3 finger knives, but the tail makes it almost a 4 finger knife. The best part is how it allows me to place my finger along the spine to control the point. And I, for one, and still a fan of metal handles/ scales, be it SS, Almite, or Ti. They always feel more solid and substantial, and therefore more reliable. Maybe that's just me, though.

Here is a pic of some small ones from the vault for comparison and evolution discussion.

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Top to Bottom: Experimental CX01, Experimental CX04, Navigator 2, Dragonfly

I think the coolest part of these small knives is how each of them manages to be so small yet fill the hand somehow. Great choices for light carry days.

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Re: Spyder Classics: The C-61 Pegasus

Postby JD Spydo » Wed Mar 10, 2021 9:59 am

VWTattoo wrote:
Wed Mar 10, 2021 9:27 am
Hi, JD, I love your chosen model discussions whenever I scroll through the forums, as they remind me of the models you and I have both coveted over the years. The Zowada, Merlin, Temperance, Lava, and Dyad just come to mind.

Anyway, with this post, you reminded me of the small Spydies in my collection, and how nice they are to carry and enjoy. One can appreciate how the design evolved from the Experimental Models 01 and 04 into the Pegasus, which is so similar to the Navigator. The obvious evolutionary path is to the Dragonfly, which smooths out the 2nd finger swell. They are 3 finger knives, but the tail makes it almost a 4 finger knife. The best part is how it allows me to place my finger along the spine to control the point. And I, for one, and still a fan of metal handles/ scales, be it SS, Almite, or Ti. They always feel more solid and substantial, and therefore more reliable. Maybe that's just me, though.

Here is a pic of some small ones from the vault for comparison and evolution discussion.

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Top to Bottom: Experimental CX01, Experimental CX04, Navigator 2, Dragonfly

I think the coolest part of these small knives is how each of them manages to be so small yet fill the hand somehow. Great choices for light carry days.
Well thank you "VWTattoo" because I actually remember you being a big contributor on my really old ( 2005 era) thread entitled "Now's The Time: For A New Hawkbill. I truthfully believe that the SUPERHAWK model was borne out of that thread :D But I do remember you and Dodge both being there ;) It is kind of strange that the Pegasus had a relatively short tenure compared to several of the other short blade Spyderco models.

People here lately kind of shun me in many ways when I bring up the models out of what I affectionately like to refer to as "The GOLDEN ERA OF SPYDERS (1998 to 2004). It's still my favorite era by far even though there are several newer models that are on my "gotta have" list. With all the double bladed folders on the market in the past 20 years there isn't even one that comes close to the C-44 Dyad by comparison IMO. Thank you for your comments Sir :)

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Re: Spyder Classics: The C-61 Pegasus

Postby Larry_Mott » Wed Mar 10, 2021 12:21 pm

Here's mine, posing with the CoPilot

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Re: Spyder Classics: The C-61 Pegasus

Postby Larry_Mott » Wed Mar 10, 2021 12:24 pm

VWTattoo wrote:
Wed Mar 10, 2021 9:27 am
Hi, JD, I love your chosen model discussions whenever I scroll through the forums, as they remind me of the models you and I have both coveted over the years. The Zowada, Merlin, Temperance, Lava, and Dyad just come to mind.

Anyway, with this post, you reminded me of the small Spydies in my collection, and how nice they are to carry and enjoy. One can appreciate how the design evolved from the Experimental Models 01 and 04 into the Pegasus, which is so similar to the Navigator. The obvious evolutionary path is to the Dragonfly, which smooths out the 2nd finger swell. They are 3 finger knives, but the tail makes it almost a 4 finger knife. The best part is how it allows me to place my finger along the spine to control the point. And I, for one, and still a fan of metal handles/ scales, be it SS, Almite, or Ti. They always feel more solid and substantial, and therefore more reliable. Maybe that's just me, though.

Here is a pic of some small ones from the vault for comparison and evolution discussion.

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Top to Bottom: Experimental CX01, Experimental CX04, Navigator 2, Dragonfly

I think the coolest part of these small knives is how each of them manages to be so small yet fill the hand somehow. Great choices for light carry days.
I don't see a CX04 in the pic buddy. I have one, and it was the model that later became the Calypso Jr.
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Re: Spyder Classics: The C-61 Pegasus

Postby VashHash » Wed Mar 10, 2021 12:57 pm

Looks more like a meerkat to me. Just without the meerkat's modified back lock and sliding scale.

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Re: Spyder Classics: The C-61 Pegasus

Postby sal » Wed Mar 10, 2021 1:04 pm

The Meerkat was a Navigator pattern.

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Re: Spyder Classics: The C-61 Pegasus

Postby Doc Dan » Wed Mar 10, 2021 5:01 pm

While the Pegasus was cool for the time, the Dragonfly is superior in every way. However, sometimes a blade of 2 inches or so is preferrable, but now we also have the Manbug, etc.
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Re: Spyder Classics: The C-61 Pegasus

Postby flipe8 » Wed Mar 10, 2021 8:36 pm

It’s been a while since Ive logged on(about three years!), but I had a Pegasus. I really enjoyed the original “little big knives” of the past and regret selling all of them!

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Re: Spyder Classics: The C-61 Pegasus

Postby Chapp » Thu Mar 11, 2021 3:02 am

VWTattoo wrote:
Wed Mar 10, 2021 9:27 am
Hi, JD, I love your chosen model discussions whenever I scroll through the forums, as they remind me of the models you and I have both coveted over the years. The Zowada, Merlin, Temperance, Lava, and Dyad just come to mind.

Anyway, with this post, you reminded me of the small Spydies in my collection, and how nice they are to carry and enjoy. One can appreciate how the design evolved from the Experimental Models 01 and 04 into the Pegasus, which is so similar to the Navigator. The obvious evolutionary path is to the Dragonfly, which smooths out the 2nd finger swell. They are 3 finger knives, but the tail makes it almost a 4 finger knife. The best part is how it allows me to place my finger along the spine to control the point. And I, for one, and still a fan of metal handles/ scales, be it SS, Almite, or Ti. They always feel more solid and substantial, and therefore more reliable. Maybe that's just me, though.

Here is a pic of some small ones from the vault for comparison and evolution discussion.

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Top to Bottom: Experimental CX01, Experimental CX04, Navigator 2, Dragonfly

I think the coolest part of these small knives is how each of them manages to be so small yet fill the hand somehow. Great choices for light carry days.
The "grip area" of the Dragonfly is 9.3cm. Huge for a knife of that size. It's better than the bugout, the Rat-2 or the small Sebenza.

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