The female leader of an elephant herd is the Matriarch. She is an older, wise female, whose job is overseeing the safety and well being of the herd. The Spyderco Matriarch Folder, like the matriarchal elephant, is a protector. It was created in the 1990s at the request of our South African distributor. During that time he was selling numerous self-defense knives to women in Johannesburg. The crime rate there had soared and to protect themselves and their families, his female clientele were requesting an easy-to-carry folder for self-defense, to avoid being victimized. We developed a smaller and lighter weight version of the Spyderco Civilian, called the Matriarch to fit the bill.
The original Civilian design came about as a request from a U.S. law enforcement agency. They were looking for a specialized Spyderco folder for their undercover agents who enter into situations and structures without carrying a sidearm, but where a knife is warranted. These agents were not formally trained in defensive knife techniques and the Civilian's patented reverse "S" blade affords effective cutting power with its SpyderEdge and ultrafine tip when adrenaline is running high.
What makes the design unique is its reverse "S" shaped blade that is highly effective when cutting, using just the tip, or when using a full arm motion. The curvature of the blade sweeps into fine tip that passes easily through material much like a cat's claw but with the added ferocity of serrations.
Newly released is a Matriarch2. It uses the reverse "S" blade found on both the original Matriarch and on the Civilian, with a hollow-ground VG-10 blade, and has a thicker tip that is well suited to defense purposes as well as everyday carry. The FRN (fiberglass reinforced nylon) handle is the same as found on the Spyderco Endura4, an upgrade over the original Matriarch. Available black, the injection molded handle has Bi-Directional Texturing™ for enhanced grip and a back lock with a David Boye Dent. A four-way pocket clip, screw together construction and phosphor-bronze washers make it convenient to carry, to open, cut with, and close.
length overall: 8.39" (213 mm)
blade length: 3.55" (90 mm)
blade steel: VG-10
length closed: 5" (127 mm)
cutting edge: 3.31" (84 mm)
hole diameter: .47" (12 mm)
blade thickness: .118" (3 mm)
handle material: FRN