Here is a knife that was/is incredibly ahead of it's time. The Spyderco C-12 Civilian was a genius self defense design. The C-12 Civilian has without a doubt been one of Spyderco's most enduring of designs over the years. With it being primarily designed for specialty law enforcement use it is really amazing how many collectors and various other knife afficionados gravitate toward it.
The Civilian is supposed to have one intended use and that being self defense. But one thing most collectors/afficionados overlook is the potential that this basic design could open up for the Hawkbill arena in general. We could easily potentially see another generation of Hawkbills emerge from this most classic of designs. Why even it's little sister the Matriarch is a much different knife in a lot of way simply by virtue of it's smaller, more compact size and proportion.
I do believe that the Civilian will be around for many more years to come. I will admit that this is not a knife for everyone but in this increasingly dangerous world in which we reside you need all of the defensive hardware you can get. And this is a great addition to anyone's self defense tool chest. Also this has simply got to be a Martial Arts Classic in a league all of it's own. It also amazes me when I talk to fellow collectors and when the Civilian comes up in conversation how many different opinions and cross currents I get in discussing this great knife. It's not very often that a design as unique as this takes the cutlery world by storm like this knife did>> and keeps doing. Agree or disagree I want to know your view of this super special Spyder.