Gear: Spyderco Civilian


Spyderco Civilian

Category: Duty & Tactical Gear
Subcategory: Knives
Price: $160.00
Average Rating:
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In the 1990s Spyderco was approached by a specialized branch of U.S. law enforcement about making a knife for their undercover agents. These plain-clothes LEOs found themselves in situations where they often could not carry a firearm but carrying a knife was not a problem. Most had no formal training in self-defense tactics or MBC but as a last resort could use a blade to protect or extricate themselves from a life-threatening situation. This was how the Civilian model came to be. The Civilian has a patented reverse "S" blade that's intended to be used like an oversized claw. The tip is ground to an ultra-thin profile. Deeply curved and full at the belly, the VG-10 ground blade excels in slicing and is available fully SpyderEdged. Because of its distinctly specialized features it is not intended or designed for general utility or everyday use. Curved in all the right places for ergonomic use and retention of the knife, the handle is black G-10. Mounted for tip-down carry with a custom curved black clip, the knife rides deeply and unobtrusively in a pocket.

Member Reviews

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    tybabs0926, Sun, 10 Jun 2012 12:29:16 UTC.
    1st review

    While a bit larger than I'd prefer (5") closed, after you master the learning curve (no pun intended), this knife is really something special. The G-10 handle feels amazing in your hand. It grips beautifully, with virtually no slippage, even if your hands are wet.

    Moving right along to that wicked looking blade, now. The deep belly and that reverse "S" design don't just look cool, they serve a specific purpose: To grip and rip. There is a video you can buy from the Spyderco website which shows tactics one can use specifically with this blade. It goes without saying that it's a slashing, rather than stabbing weapon. It's NOT designed to be a utility knife, rather, one that you hope you never have to use. For more info, check out the website:

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