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    Spyderco C09 CoPilot Varieties

    As I've been promising for some time now, I've decided to start a thread outlining the different varieties of the Spyderco Model C09 CoPilot (both production varieties and after-market embellished versions). This thread will be a work in progress and I intend to edit and update it as new information becomes available.

    So without further adieu, let's start at the very beginning (a very good place to start):
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    Designation: C09-01 CoPilot (with brass liners)
    Spyderco Model No.: 1009 CoPilot; 1009S CoPilot
    Varieties: plain edge, right-handed; plain edge, left-handed; Spyder edge, right-handed; Spyder edge, left-handed
    Description: Regular production model; first run
    Handle scales: Stainless steel with brass liners
    Blade Steel: G-2 (a.k.a. GIN-1); steel type is not marked on the blade
    Blade Markings: SPYDERCO / SEKI-JAPAN
    Blade edges offered: Plain Edge, Spyder Edge
    Original box: Red cardboard with white labels on plain edge models and yellow labels on serrated models

    Comments: Brass liners used on early C09 CoPilots. It was initially thought that the brass liners would add a degree of aesthetic appeal (which it did) and make the action of the knife smoother (which it did not). All brass-lined Co-Pilots have a one piece backspacer and lock spring (commonly referred to as an “integral lockspring”). To reduce production costs, later varieties of the CoPilot featured a separate backspacer and lock spring. Brass-lined CoPilots are also available with both long (65mm) and short clips (58mm). The first knives featured a longer clip with an upturned end. After complaints of these early clips catching on things, Spyderco modified the clips to have flattened ends. Still later, the flattened end clips were reduced in length. Produced in both right-handed and left handed versions. Approximately 20% of the knives produced were left-handed.






    Right and left-handed Spyder edge models:


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    Designation: C09-02 CoPilot (with brass liners)
    Spyderco Model No.: 1009 CoPilot (unconfirmed at this time); 1009S CoPilot
    Varieties: plain edge, right-handed (unconfirmed at this time); plain edge, left-handed (unconfirmed at this time); Spyder edge, right-handed; Spyder edge, left-handed (unconfirmed at this time)
    Description: Regular production model; second run
    Handle scales: Stainless steel with brass liners
    Blade Steel: G-2 (a.k.a. GIN-1); steel type is marked on blade
    Blade Markings: SPYDERCO G-2 STAINLESS / SEKI-CITY JAPAN
    Blade edges offered: Plain Edge, Spyder Edge
    Original box: Red cardboard (no label on box of only observed example)

    Comments: Although it was initially believed that only a single run on brass-lined CoPilots had been made, this variety surfaced in August 2008 revealing that a second run of brass-lined CoPilot had been made after Spyderco started putting the G-2 steel markings on blades. At this point in time, it is not known how many pieces were in the second run (or if any plain edge or left-handed models were made), but they appear to be much scarcer than the first run brass-lined CoPilots.






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    Designation: C09-03 CoPilot
    Spyderco Model No.: C09 CoPilot; C09S CoPilot
    Varieties: plain edge (integral lockspring); Spyder edge (integral lockspring); plain edge (separate lockspring); Spyder edge (separate lockspring)
    Description: Regular production model
    Handle scales: Stainless steel (thicker profile)
    Blade Steel: G-2 (a.k.a. GIN-1)
    Blade Markings: SPYDERCO G-2 STAINLESS / SEKI-CITY JAPAN
    Blade edges offered: Plain Edge, Spyder Edge
    Original box: Red cardboard with white labels on plain edge models and
    yellow labels on serrated models

    Comments: Spyderco began marking the type of blade steel used on
    their blades beginning in approximately 199?. The first G-2 marked CoPilots used the same integral backspacer and lock spring that had been used on the brass-lined CoPilots. The brass liners were abandoned in favor of all-stainless handle scales, and the scales on the early G-2 marked knives were fairly thick. A second version of the G-2 marked knives was made and is distinguished by the presence of a separate backspace and lock spring. The stainless handle scales are also somewhat thinner than those on the integral lock spring knives. A smaller number of left-handed knives may have been made, but none have been observed as of this writing.





    Integral lockspring:

    Separate lockspring:
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    Designation: C09-04 CoPilot
    Spyderco Model No.: C09P CoPilot; C09S CoPilot
    Varieties: plain edge, right-handed; Spyder edge, right-handed
    Description: Regular production model
    Handle scales: Stainless steel (thin profile)
    Blade Steel: GIN-1
    Blade Markings: SPYDERCO GIN-1 STAINLESS / SEKI-CITY JAPAN
    Blade edges offered: Plain Edge, Spyder Edge
    Original box: Red cardboard with white labels on plain edge models and
    yellow labels on serrated models

    Comments:




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    Designation: C09-05 CoPilot (TuframŪ-coated aluminum handles)
    Spyderco Model No.: C09SATU CoPilot
    Varieties: Spyder edge, G-2 marked blade; Spyder edge, GIN-1 marked blade
    Description: Regular production model
    Handle scales: TuframŪ-coated aluminum
    Blade Steel: GIN-1 (G-2)
    Blade Markings: SPYDERCO G-2 STAINLESS / SEKI-CITY JAPAN
    SPYDERCO GIN-1 STAINLESS / SEKI-CITY JAPAN
    Blade edges offered: Spyder Edge
    Original box: Red cardboard with yellow labels

    Comments: Spyderco experimented with TuframŪ-coated handles on several of their models. It was a very durable coating, but was expensive to produce. Examples exist with G-2 and GIN-1 blade steel markings.




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    Designation: C09-07 CoPilot
    Spyderco Model No.: C09 CoPilot; C09S CoPilot
    Varieties: plain edge, right-handed; Spyder edge, right-handed
    Description: Regular production model
    Handle scales: Stainless steel
    Blade Steel Type: ATS-55
    Blade Markings: SPYDERCO ATS-55 STAINLESS / SEKI-CITY JAPAN
    Blade edges offered: Plain Edge, Spyder Edge
    Original box: Red cardboard box; black cardboard box

    Comments: The discontinuance in 2001 marked the end of regular production of the C09 CoPilot. A group of ATS-55 CoPilots were produced with black cardboard boxes with the production date of 1/22/2002 on the label. These may represent the final regular production run of the C09 CoPilot.




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    Designation: C09-08 CoPilot (2006 Sprint Run)
    Spyderco Model No.: C09BKP CoPilot
    Varieties: none
    Description: 2006 Sprint Run model
    Handle scales: Almite-coated aluminum (black)
    Blade Steel: VG-10
    Blade Markings: SPYDERCO VG-10/ SEKI-CITY JAPAN
    Blade edges offered: Plain Edge
    Original box: Grey Spyderco box, small size

    Comments: 1,200 pieces produced






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    EMBELLISHED AFTERMARKET VARIETIES OF THE C09 COPILOT

    Variety Designation: C09 DAVID YELLOWHORSE
    Model: C09 CoPilot
    Description: Limited production, factory-authorized embellishment
    Embellished by: David Yellowhorse
    Handle scales: Stainless steel with brass liners
    Blade Steel Type: G-2 (GIN-1); unmarked on the blade
    Blade Markings: SPYDERCO / SEKI-JAPAN
    Blade edges offered: Spyder Edge
    Original box: unknown

    Comments: Approximately 185 CoPilots were custom embellished by David Yellowhorse for Spyderco. Each knife was marked on the clip side with “By Dave Yellowhorse” and the individual number of the knife. The knife was marketed by Spyderco, and retailed for $167.95. Each knife came with a “Certificate of Authenticity” from Spyderco.




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    Variety Designation: C09 WRIGHT FLYER
    Model: C09 CoPilot
    Embellished by: Spyderco
    Handle scales: Stainless steel with laser engraved image of Wright Flyer
    Blade Steel Type: GIN-1
    Blade Markings: SPYDERCO GIN-1 STAINLESS / SEKI-CITY JAPAN
    Blade edges offered: Spyder Edge
    Original box: unknown

    Comments:

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    Variety Designation: C09 SFSW
    Model: C09 CoPilot
    Description: Embellished model with stone and shell decoration
    Embellished by: Sante Fe Stoneworks
    Handle scales: Stainless steel with turquoise and abalone “onlay”
    Blade Steel Type: GIN-1
    Blade Markings: SPYDERCO / SEKI-JAPAN
    Blade edges offered: Spyder Edge, Plain Edge
    Original box: unknown

    Comments: Brass liners

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    Variety Designation: C09 SERENE (STEEL)
    Model: C09 CoPilot
    Description: Embellished model with laser-etched decoration
    Embellished by: Serene Manufacturing
    Handle scales: Stainless steel
    Blade Steel Type: GIN-1 marked on blade
    Blade Markings: SPYDERCO GIN-1 STAINLESS / SEKI-CITY JAPAN
    Blade edges offered: Spyder Edge, Plain Edge
    Original box:

    Comments: Produced for retailer A.G. Russell




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    Variety Designation: C09 SERENE (BONE)
    Model: C09 CoPilot
    Description: Embellished model with synthetic bone with scrimshaw decoration
    Embellished by: Serene Manufacturing
    Handle scales: Stainless steel with synthetic bone “onlay” with black widow design
    Blade Steel Type: G-2 (GIN-1)
    Blade Markings: SPYDERCO G-2 STAINLESS/ SEKI-CITY JAPAN
    Blade edges offered: Spyder Edge, Plain Edge
    Original box: Red cardboard with white labels on plain edge models and
    yellow labels on serrated models

    Comments: Produced for retailer A.G. Russell





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    Variety Designation: C09 SILVER DOT ONLAY
    Model: C09 CoPilot
    Embellished by: Serene Manufacturing
    Handle scales: Stainless steel with sterling silver mosaic dot onlay; also seen on TuframŪ-coated aluminum scales
    Blade Steel Type: GIN-1
    Blade Markings: SPYDERCO G-2 STAINLESS / SEKI-CITY JAPAN; SPYDERCO GIN-1 Stainless / SEKI-CITY JAPAN
    Blade edges offered: Spyder Edge
    Original box:

    Comments: This embellishment variety has been observed on knives with both stainless steel and TuframŪ-coated aluminum handle scales.

    Steel-handled variety:

    Tufram-handled variety:
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    Variety Designation: C09 SILVER CUT ONLAY
    Model: C09 CoPilot
    Description: Embellished model with applied silver decoration
    Embellished by: unknown
    Handle scales: Stainless steel with “bright cut” silver decorative onlay
    Blade Steel Type: GIN-1
    Blade Markings: SPYDERCO GIN-1 STAINLESS / SEKI-CITY JAPAN
    Blade edges offered: Spyder Edge
    Original box: unknown

    Comments: Embellishment possibly done in the American Southwest or in Mexico.

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    Variety Designation: C09 TITANIUM NITRIDE
    Model: C09 CoPilot
    Description:
    Embellished by: John F. Jensen
    Handle scales: Stainless steel with gold-colored Titanium Nitride coating
    Blade Steel Type:
    Blade Markings:
    Blade edges offered: unknown
    Original box: unknown

    Comments: The existence of this variety has been confirmed by John F. Jensen, but an actual example has not yet been observed as of this writing.

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    Variety Designation: C09 COCOBOLA
    Model: C09 CoPilot
    Description:
    Embellished by: unknown
    Handle scales: Stainless steel with cocobola wood onlay
    Blade Steel Type: GIN-1
    Blade Markings: SPYDERCO GIN-1 STAINLESS / SEKI-CITY JAPAN
    Blade edges offered: Spyder Edge
    Original box: Unknown

    Comments: Observed from the following photo collected on the internet.

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    Variety Designation: C09 1994 SKEET
    Model: C09 CoPilot
    Description:
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    Handle scales: Stainless steel with “Armed Forces, 1994 Skeet Championship” design
    Blade Steel Type: G-2 (GIN-1)
    Blade Markings: SPYDERCO G-2 STAINLESS/ SEKI-CITY JAPAN
    Blade edges offered: Spyder Edge
    [b/]Original box: Red cardboard with yellow colored label

    Comments: Observed from the following photo collected on the internet.

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    wow co-pilot ive never even knew their was that many copilots made, do you have them all or are you still missing some ?

    very cool thread!!!!

    i think my favorite one is the one with wood in it

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    I've got all of the regular production varieties (except for a brass-lined, plain edge, left-handed) so far and several (but not all) of the aftermarkets. There are an awful lot of aftermarket varieties and a new one could be created at anytime.
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