Spyderco Clipit ProGrip SS Folding Knife
By Chuck Hawks
Spyderco's C13PS ProGrip SS is a versatile utility/hunting pattern, lock blade folder that can be clipped unobtrusively inside the waistband of your pants and carried in place of a pocketknife. It can, of course, also be carried in a pocket, fanny pack, or purse. Construction is entirely of stainless steel except for the rubber textured gripping area in the right side handle and on the Clipit clip (hence the "ProGrip" moniker).
The machining and finish of this knife are excellent; it is a very precisely made folder. The Clipit clip is secured by three tiny Phillips head screws so that the clip can be removed if desired. A lanyard hole is provided in the end of the grip. All pins and fasteners are concealed, contributing to the knife's sleek appearance.
Folded it measures 3-7/8" long and open it measures 6-5/8". The blade is 2-7/8" long overall with a useful sharpened edge of 2-1/2". The latter is serrated for the inner 7/8" and sharpened conventionally for the remainder of its length. The heavy duty blade is made from stock 0.120" thick.
This knife has a drop point and a fair amount of curvature. It would be adequate for both field dressing and skinning game, as well as a myriad of more mundane tasks. The latch to free the blade for folding is conveniently located on the back of the handle. Like all Spyderco knives the ProGrip SS comes extremely sharp right from the factory in Seki-City, Japan.
I have been carrying this Spyderco clipped inside the waistband of my trousers on my right hip on a daily basis since I received it. It has replaced my usual pocketknife, making one less item to carry in my front pocket. The Clipit system really works, holding the knife securely yet keeping it available.
Due to its all stainless steel construction, including the slender handle, the ProGrip is a little heavier than folding knives of similar size with a polymer grip. However, the small extra weight is barely noticeable, and quickly forgotten after the knife has been carried for a while. Certainly it is not burdensome, and stainless steel is stronger, on a volume basis, than polymer.
Like all Spyderco knives the blade features a rather large hole intended to make opening the knife with one hand easy. The signature Spyderco hole does, in fact, accomplish its purpose, but it may be overkill. I've never had much trouble learning to open the blades of folding knives without the hole, and the hole is unsightly at best. At worst it weakens the blade because it removes steel.
All of which is mostly a matter of preference. The ProGrip's blade, made from nearly 1/8" thick VG-10 steel is plenty strong, even with the hole. And the overall shape and design of the ProGrip places it among Spyderco's most attractive knives.
The only drawback to the ProGrip SS is that as this review goes online in April of 2007 it has been discontinued and is no longer available from Spyderco. It was an expensive knife, with a 2006 dealer cost of $62.40 and a retail price nearly twice that amount, which may have contributed to its demise. Some Spyderco dealers still have new ProGrip SS knives on hand at this time, so if you want one you'd better act quickly. I'm glad that I did.
Copyright 2007 by Chuck Hawks. All rights reserved.