View Full Version : Pro Venator or Spur

01-27-2009, 08:50 PM
I bought a knife on ebay that came in a Spur box, but looks like a Pro Venator with Carbon Fiber inserts and plain clip. I am new to Spydercos and am afraid I have been a bit gung-ho on ebay. These are the tightest knives I've used. I've got a used Spur and it is shorter and has a thinner blade than the Pro Venator. The carbon fiber "Spur" measures 3 7/8 closed. The blade is 2 7/8 and is 1/8 thick. The blade is G-2 Stainless. Is there any way to be sure of what I have? Thanks. Pro

The CoPilot
01-27-2009, 09:00 PM
I watched that one go by on eBay. It's definitely a C13 Pro Grip II (aka Pro Venator) but the carbon fiber handle inserts are an aftermarket modification that someone made to the knife (probably to replace a worn Kraton insert). That knife would have originally come from Spyderco with stainless steel handles (one with a black Kraton inlay) and black Kraton on the pocket clip. There's nothing wrong with being a bit "gung-ho", but it always pays to do a little research to make sure that you know what you are buying. The Pro Grip II (and the C32 Spur too, for that matter) is a great knife. I've had one for years and have used it often for hunting. Built like a tank.

(Image credit to Spyderco)

Here's a great image (courtesy of my friend Paul Beretta) where you can see the Pro Grip II and the Spur in the same image. The Pro Grip II is the third knife down from the top. The C04 Spur is the second knife from the bottom. It's a direct descendant of the C04 Executive right below it (note the handle shapes):


01-27-2009, 09:21 PM
Thanks for the pics and explanation. Reading the forum and looking at the knives has been a blast. Tank is a good description. These 1/8" blades with no play are great for all kinds of work. Some of you have serious investments here. I hope to pick up just a few solid knives. LOL.

The CoPilot
01-27-2009, 09:27 PM
Welcome to the Forum! If you're looking for a "solid" knife, you've already found one in the C13 Pro Grip II!

The Deacon
01-28-2009, 02:57 AM
Matt, you saw the auction listing and I didn't, so perhaps the quality of the installation may preclude this, but it's worth mentioning. If the CF insert looked professionally done, there is an outside chance it was done by the maker. G Sakai did up some Pro-Grips for their own retail store with upgraded inserts. I've seen cocobolo and MOP, actually owned a cocobolo one for a while, and recall hearing there were "others" as well.

The CoPilot
01-28-2009, 06:29 AM

Since the knife is back up for sale on eBay by the originator of this thread, I hope that he won't mind me posting a link so that you can see the knife in question. The CF insert is well done indeed, but what made me suspicioius of an aftermarket mod was the fact that the Kraton had been entirely removed from the clip (the bare clip features holes that used to give the Kraton something to hold to). Of course what's not to say that the CF insert wasn't a G. Sakai product and some later owner just removed the Kraton?

CF Pro Venator (http://cgi.ebay.com/Spyderco-Pro-Venator-SE-with-Carbon-Fiber-inserts_W0QQitemZ140297754992QQihZ004QQcategoryZ63 800QQssPageNameZWDVWQQrdZ1QQcmdZViewItem)

The Deacon
01-28-2009, 06:55 AM
I'd tend to agree with you Matt. Definitely well done, but the clip being the way it is reduces the chances it's Sakai's work considerably. On a completely different note, am sure the folks looking to have the Kraton inserts on original Stretches replaced would love to know who did the CF on that Pro-V.

The CoPilot
01-28-2009, 10:59 AM
On a completely different note, am sure the folks looking to have the Kraton inserts on original Stretches replaced would love to know who did the CF on that Pro-V.

Yeah, wouldn't that type of insert look great on an original Stretch? Of course the "landing pad" complicates it somewhat, but still..... :cool: