Bob Terzuola has the distinction of being the first custom maker with whom Spyderco collaborated on knife design. His C15 Terzuola, introduced in 1990, was not only the first Spyderco LinerLock, it was also the first US-made Spyderco knife and the first with a two-position clip. The groundbreaking C15 design design also inspired a downsized version called the C19 Terzuola Jr., which was introduced in 1994. Terzuola's designs and his desire to have them made in the US were also instrumental in the establishment of Spyderco's Golden, Colorado factory. Based on Terzuola's most popular custom designs, the Century Starfighter and the ATCF, the C55 Starmate was a pioneering effort to offer a signature custom design in an affordable production folder. Released in 1999, it became an instant classic and help set the stage for the custom collaboratoins that are now common in the knife industry.
The Starmate remained in the Spyderco line for several years before being discontinued. Its popularity with dedicated end users and collectors never waned, however, and by popular demand a new version of the design was introduced in 2012. The latest version of the Starmate faithfully remains all the features of Terzuola's original design, but differs from the first production of the knife in several ways. Manufactured in Japan, it features a saber-ground blade made from VG-10 stainless steel. Like the original version, its handle is constructed with stainless steel liners and textured G-10 scales, however, unlike the nested liners of the first generation, this Starmate features full skeletonized liners for a balance of lightweight and superior strength. One of the distinguishing characteristics of a Bob Terzuola design is his improved Walker LinerLock mechanism, which features a concave ramp on the blade's lock face. This lock geometry, pioneered by Terzuola in his custom knives, provides greater strength and security than conventional flat lock ramps and is proudly featured in the Starmate. To ensure convenient, versatile carry, the Starmate also features a four-position clip with a broad triangular base for security and extreme strength. The clip can be easily configured for tip-up or tip-down carry on either side of the body, allowing you to tune your carry to meet your personal needs and preferences. The Starmate is a reflection of our rich collaborative history with one of knifemaking's most talented and innovative craftsman.
|Knife Edge:||Plain Edge|
|Best Use:||Everyday Carry|
|Blade Style:||Drop Point|