Spyderco C136 Persistence

After the success of the knife model C122 Tenacious Spyderco launched the longed for little sibling C136 Persistence in 2009. I also want to mention the other models in the same knife series of four; the smallest C148 Ambitious and the biggest C142 Resilience.

Persistence's chubby spear point shaped blade comes with an extra large thumb hole and a full flat grind. These features are also to be found in the rest of the family. Also serrated versions of the blade are available. The steel of choice is 8Cr13MoV; roughly described as a Chinese stainless steel, hardness RC 56-58 and similar to the AUS-8 but with more Carbon. When talking about the edge; I really like that the cutting edge goes all the way back to the handle for maximal edge usage.

The skeletonized stainless steel liners offer a sturdy handle covered by grippy black G-10 scales. The open frame pillar construction of the handle makes it easy to keep these knives clean; a good feature when field dressing game. The pocket clip can be mounted i four different ways pending on how you want to carry the knife. The knives are liner-locks and there are some moderate jumping going on both on the blade and the liner lock mechanism. 

I've had the pleasure of using a lot of different Spyderco models throughout the years and when it comes to Spyderco's robust EDCs I usually end up with the Persistence or the Tenacious. I like the Persistence for it's; robustness, compactness, good quality and reasonable price. For whittling I think the blade is too wide, but the edge still bite well in wood. Today I have a Persistence and a Tenacious, from this quartet. I would love also getting a Ambitious and a Resilience to complete the family and write a big review on all four knives together. Who knows, I hope Santa reads this post!  

To see more about the C136 Persistence and the history of Spyderco's history; check out No.2 - 2015 of Vapentidningen. The article is also available via the Vapentidningen webpage.

Manufacturer: Spyderco, Inc. US based with production in; USA, China, Japan, Taiwan and Italy
Model: C136GP Persistence
Blade material: Stainless steel 8Cr13MoV, hardness RC 56-58
Blade length: 70 mm
Blade thickness: 3 mm
Blade width: 33 mm
Knife length (closed/opened): 105 mm/174 mm
Handle material: Stainless steel and black G-10
Handle thickness: 10,8 mm
Carry system: Pocket clip
Knife weight: 103 g
Price: 679 SEK (Sweden 2015)

All length, thickness and weights are measured by the Author. Therefore numbers may vary from the manufacturers specs.

One of the Spyderco retailers here in Sweden are; Knivbutik.se

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