PK108 | Spyderco | C01PCOM - Worker - Tuffram Aluminum / Satin Blade / PE - S/N 0314
MODEL NAME - Worker (20th Anniversary Commemorative)
MODEL NUMBER - C01PCOM
DESIGNER - Sal Glesser
BLADE LENGTH - 2.625"
CLOSED LENGTH - 3.8125"
OVERALL LENGTH - 6.625"
BLADE THICKNESS - .125"
BLADE STEEL - VG-10
BLADE GRIND - Hollow Grind
BLADE EDGE - PlainEdge
HANDLE MATERIAL - Tuffram Aluminum
BOLSTER / GUARD MATERIAL - N/A
LINERS - Stainless Steel
SPACER(S) - Stainless Steel
BLADE FINISH - Satin
LOCK MECHANISM - Front-Lock
CLIP - Chrome 3-Screw Old Standard Clip - RH - TD
THUMB STUD(S) - Spyderco Round Hole
WEIGHT - 2.4 oz.
SHEATH - N/A
BOX - Original Blue Velvet Display Box with Inscription Panel
SERIAL NUMBER - 0314 of 1200
ORIGIN - Japan
PRODUCTION DATE - 2001
DESCRIPTION - The C01 worker is the first pocket knife produced by Spyderco. As it's the first knife, we will dwell a little on all the other firsts this knife features, and its impact on the entire knife industry.
In modern history, certain knife designs represented the solution to the cutting challenges of their time. Up until the late 19th century, the fixed blade knife, perhaps epitomised in the United States by the Bowie knife, was such a paradigm. From then until the late 20th century, the folder gradually came into its own; the Swiss Army models may represent the height of the folder's development in terms of mechanical refinement. In the late 20th century, however, a significant paradigm shift took place wherein the one-hand-opening, serrated-edge folder with clothing clip became the solution. It remains so today.
The first CLIPIT, the Worker Model, was introduced in prototype form at the 1981 SHOT Show in New Orleans, and caused hardly a ripple of interest. It was a prototype made for Sal by Jim Oddo. The first production models were made by a Japanese maker, which would become Spyderco's largest Japanese supplier, and they were sold at the Texas State Fair. Most were sold to fellow exhibitors at the fair. (I saw this model pictured in a knife newspaper a few years later and found it unremarkable, so I can take no credit for having recognized its worth and impending stardom from the first.)
Externally, this new knife looked very different from other folding knives at the time. The Worker had a hump on the blade to accommodate an opening hole, and a spring clip attached to one of the scales, allowing to user to carry the knife clipped to the edge of a pocket. Some people called the knife ugly, but those who used it, appreciated its innovations and soon put the question of looks aside as secondary. In time, people came to love its looks because it represented a knife that fulfilled so many of their needs - needs they hadn't even known they had, because no-one had ever addressed them.
COMMENTS - Spyderco's C01 Worker 20th Anniversary Commemorative - 1981-2001
Inscription Panel Reads:
Spyderco's C01 Worker
The Worker changed the way the world looked at pocket knives. It was the: first tactical knife, first one-hand opener, first hole in the blade, first pocket clip. It has truly lived up to its name.