Spyderco C80 Dodo Sprint Run

October 31, 2022

Many knifeknuts enjoy shooting photos of their orange handled knives in the Fall. I’m no different. This one is a vintage sprint run from about 20 years ago, the C80OR Dodo.

At first glance, the only difference from the 2005 production model appears to be the orange G10 handle. If you look closer, however, you’ll notice that the spine of the blade and back spacer now feature a satin finish, instead of the bead blasted finish of the original production Dodos.

Blade

Some find the Dodo ‘ugly’, but I’m pretty sure they haven’t handled or used it. The Dodo just has this awesome handle design that is both comfortable and it locks securely in your hands. Now, I’m far from the authority on so-called hard-use of pocket knives, but I did use one of my original Dodos to cut out carpeting of a friend’s house and the knife was an amazing performer. The reverse-S blade shape is great for lighter everyday cutting tasks too. It’s a superb box opener to start with, and you’ll find that you can do a lot more than you’d think, like peeling fruit for example. The full size handle offers tremendous control of the 2 inch blade.

Martial Blade Craft

Those who are in to martial blade craft might also appreciate the Dodo; it is easy to deploy and features a secure lock and great handle design. I imagine the blade design makes for an excellent ‘let go device’. It reminds me a lot of the Fred Perrin La Griffe design, but folding and ‘sans’ the iconic index finger hole.

Extinct

I think it’s interesting how this design never stayed away too long. Spyderco introduced the design in 2003 and discontinued it in 2005. This orange sprint run was the first ‘resurrection’ of the C80 in 2012. It was followed by another sprint run with a carbon fiber handle later in 2012. In 2019, Blade HQ commissioned a dealer exclusive of the Dodo in M4 steel and a Jade G10 handle, followed by a serrated version in May 2022. This is one Dodo that doesn’t stay extinct for long (sorry for that pun, it’s kind of mandatory when you write about the C80 😉).

Overall

With its bright orange handle, the Dodo is not just a cool collectible. It’s also easy on the eyes of many non-knife people. Even with that ‘evil’ looking reverse-S blade shape. Highly recommended, 5 out 5 stars, as my 10 year old daughter would say…

See more details of the Spyderco C80 Dodo on SpydieWiki and Spyderco.com, or read my earlier review of the Dodo. You can also see more images of the other Dodos in my collection or check out my post about the C80OR prototype.


Updated Spyderco Dodo collection

December 8, 2013

I loved the Dodo when it came out around 2004 IIRC. I carried my black and blue versions almost religiously for quite some time (my collection wasn’t that big back then).  So when a sprint comes out, nostalgia sweeps over me and I simply must get it. With two sprint runs over the past two years, it’s time to update the Dodo family photos.

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The orange sprint run turned out nice, but I must confess I’m a bit disappointed with the recent carbon fiber version, the edge grind is simply not the distinct S-shape as in previous editions. I noticed this in all of the other samples of this carbon fiber Dodo, both off- and online. Other than that it is a great piece, I really dig the ceramic ball bearing and it is a strong cutting machine. But next time, do get the grind right and add some serrations!

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Spyderco 2012 Prototype – Dodo Orange G10 Sprint Run

March 5, 2012

The Dodo lives again, at least long enough for a sprint run in orange G10. It was Eric’s first design he made for Spyderco back in ’98.

It features a ‘naked’ ball bearing lock and a single spacer that houses the lock. I love the fact that there are no liners in this knife. Eric was proud to explain that this sprint run was not ‘just the same knife with a color change’. Apparently, the Dodo has been completely re-engineered for this sprint run. This edition uses a blind stop pin and features refinements on the blade’s tang and the ramps for the ball bearing. This sprint Dodo is made to closer tolerances than the first one. The spine of the blade is no longer bead blasted but machined to a nice polish. According to Eric, comparing the first Dodo to this sprint run is good example of the progress the factory in Golden has made over the years.

I have used and carried a Dodo a lot when they first came out, and I still occasionally clip on my blue Dodo. This new sprint run seemed to feel more tightly constructed than the old version, if that makes sense. But I didn’t have my old Dodo to compare the two properly.

Eric did announce a new sprint after this Orange G10. Right now the idea is to make another sprint run with a carbon fiber handle and a ceramic ball. Remember this idea is still long way from production – there was not even a concept model of this proposed idea for a sprint run.


Review: Dodo SE Black & Blue

July 17, 2004

This extinct bird from Mauritius is my office tactical. Even though the blade size is not entirely similar to such MBC players like the Chinook or Temperance, it is effective. More importantly, the handle is what makes this little MBC folder (not rated!) so cool. It’s akin to that firearms analogy: “it’s better to hit ’em with a .22 between the eyes, than the .45 you left in the car”. This folder will do anything and go anywhere, and it looks good doing it. I don’t think anyone could consider the Dodo to be too uncomfortable or “illegal” to carry around.

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Grip
The Dodo is the closest thing Spyderco made to a folding La Griffe/S.P.O.T. The deep choil, combined with the tail make the Dodo as much part of the skeletal structure of the hand/wrist as is possible in a folder, at least in the current line-up. Perhaps it doesn’t point as well and in line with the bones in the fore-arm, but retention is very good. The G10 surface is even a little too rough, it requires a bit of pocket carry to polish out the rough edges. After that, it still sticks to your palm though.

Lock
There have been reports of lock failure, but these seem to be limited to the first production run. I got one of those myself (I think), and I drove that folder into the ground, well not really. You see, I dropped it once and a tiny chip from the fine tip broke off. Being the knifeknut, that I am, it became annoying. On the other hand, it opened the door for abuse! By that time I had acquired a new one, which BTW had some modifications on the tang to better engage the ball lock, and my challenge was to see how far I could take my first Dodo to its breaking point. Normally, I save my tactical folders sharp for when they are needed for rescue/emergency applications, save for training.

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Testing
I made several media to test ballistic cutting: cardboard covered in jeans and T-shirt, rolled carpet etc.. The knife was resharpened on a Sharpmaker in between trials, and as mentioned, the tip was not as sharp as it is from the box. I couldn’t repair the tip with my sharpmaker. I think it requires a special technique to sharpen the tip on a reverse S blade like the Cricket, Civilian and the Dodo. I for one, do not master this technique. The results were outstanding, but surely subjective. First of all the lock held, and speed draw & cut exercises (hey I have a small Iaido background) worked very well. I never felt that the lock buckled or did not engage properly. And this version does not include the tang modifications my newer Dodo has. Second, this thing gets SHARP, it sliced carpet very well, way above my expectations. Plus, I never felt the amount of drag of the serrations and the tip that I expected and experienced with my personal Delica SE vs. PE test. I think the handle design cushioned both impact and drag that probably did occur.

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Looks
In addition, the Dodo’s looks are as PC as they come. The clip design on the tail-end of the handle, is probably the most concealable on the Spyderco line-up, and if it is noticed it looks like you’re carrying a type of Bic ballpoint in your point. Due to my incapability of re-sharpening the tip, I am not sure if I’ll ever get the PE or a Cricket for utility use. However, the Dodo is a faithfull smaller rendition of my favorite Tac-folder to date, the Li’l Temperance. You truly get similar handling and cutting capabilities, even though it’s a radically different design. I recommend the Dodo and I will probably get the black version to better conceal in darker clothes…..and well…just because ;-).

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