Spyderco Matriarch 2 Knife Emerson Black FRN (3.55" Black Full Serr) C12SBBK2W

Spyderco makes knives like the Matriarch 2 for professionals. This model has the Emerson wave opening feature for the quickest possible opening and a titanium carbonitride (TiCN) coating for tactical applications!

The Matriarch 2 is built on the handle of the popular Endura design. It features full skeletonized stainless steel liners, providing an outstanding balance of strength and weight, while its injection-molded FRN handle boasts Bi-Directional Texturing for a superior grip. Screw-together construction and phosphor-bronze washers ensure maximum precision and smooth operation.

The blade of the Matriarch 2 is hollow ground from VG-10 stainless steel and features the signature Reverse "S" edge profile of the classic Civilian, which is designed to maximize cutting performance with all areas of its edge. Its point is thicker than the Civilian for increased strength and strategically shaped to nest discreetly into the handle in the closed position. The fully serrated SpyderEdge provides maximum cutting power. The trademark Spyderco Hole provides positive one-hand opening of the blade with either hand. The Matriarch 2 also offers unmatched carry options with the four-position hour glass pocket clip for left/right tip-up/down carry.

Item #BHQ-26834
MSRP: $194.00
Our Price: $135.80
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  • Overall Length: 8.55"
  • Blade Length: 3.57"
  • Cutting Edge: 3.27"
  • Blade Thickness: 0.12"
  • Blade Material: VG10
  • Blade Style: Hawkbill
  • Blade Grind: Hollow
  • Finish: Black
  • Edge Type: Serrated
  • Handle Length: 4.98"
  • Handle Thickness: 0.44"
  • Handle Material: FRN
  • Color: Black
  • Frame/Liner: Steel
  • Weight: 3.50 oz.
  • User: Right Hand, Left Hand
  • Pocket Clip: Tip-Up, Tip-Down
  • Knife Type: Manual
  • Opener: Thumb Hole, Wave Opener
  • Lock Type: Lockback
  • Brand: Spyderco
  • Model: Matriarch 2
  • Model Number: C12SBBK2W
  • Country of Origin: Japan
  • Best Use: Tactical
  • Product Type: Knife

Customer Reviews

Fantastic Quality
NATHAN P. on Jan 22, 2022

I have been eyeing the Civilian and the Matriarch for a long time. I finally had something push me into buying it and I'm glad I did. I have held and owned many knives but this one is easily the sharpest knife I've ever held. My blade was dead center, there's no play and the coating is perfectly applied there is no blemish on my example anywhere I'm absolutely in love with it. I'd love for it to be a safe queen but I got this knife as a purpose driven carry knife for walking the dog. If you've been eyeing this knife for a long time like I have I suggest to go ahead pull the trigger on it it is worth every penny.

lightweight and fast
Cody M. on Nov 27, 2019

I love the wave opening system on it. It can deployed faster than a switchblade. The blade on it is also incredibly sharp. It is a sturdy knife and hasn't let me down yet.

Stout, Tight, Lethal
Chris P. on Jun 29, 2019

The tip on this is sharper than anything I have. It is meant as a self defense weapon, and It's time to say prayers for the victim. Super sharp serrations will go through all types of clothing. It will open up with a bit of thumb force, but that is good as you don't want it opening unexpectedly. I carry this when I can't carry my gun.

Anonymous on Mar 12, 2019

Spyderco Matriarch
Michael L. on Feb 22, 2019

I've carried this for years as a SHTF knife. I formerly carried the "civilian", a very similar, but bigger knife as well. The Civilian has aluminum scales and is fairly heavy in your pocket. The Matriarch, while only slightly smaller is very light and it's easy to forget you're carrying it. It's not a camping knife, skinning knife or even a box cutter. It's an "Oh Crap" knife. Slim, light and wicked sharp. Just deploying my old Civilian in a parking lot one afternoon had a questionable individual back peddling in a hurry. I've no doubt the Matriarch would have the same effect.........and perform as intended, if need be...........buy one, carry it as a second blade.......Great SD knife.

Ronny C. on Dec 20, 2018

Carried the stainless police spiderco for 18 years and overseas. It’s now retired and this has taken it’s place! Soooo much thought went into this handle I’m blown away. The grip is molded so that it bites your thumb (from any side, top or bottom) no matter where the clip is placed while drawing the knife. The Emerson feature obviously propels this into a new dimension. Razor sharp, all black clip which is great for suits or having tucked in shirts. Not cheap feeling, razor sharp, tactical black for concealment and light and thin. Like I said, my new EDC!! (Whoever made the handle is genius!)

Had it since Iraq 2005
Amos J. on Nov 28, 2018

I originally Fell in love with this knife into health and 2005 on my first of many deployments overseas. I carried the G-10 and know I carry the Spyderco Matriarch 2 Knife Emerson Black FRN. I love this knife like a fat kid love's cake.

My 4th from bhq
Jake K. on Oct 26, 2018

The most sadistic flare and practical use blades of all time. My 4th spider from BHQ got it like in 2 days of ordering. I even picked up the wise men co. Blue aluminum handles easy build instructions , locks up like ft. knox and the looks are amazing

Buy this thing right now!!!
Patrick T. on Oct 18, 2018

Love it! Now, this knife is strictly a slashing knife, stabbing is sub par but who cares? If you want a poker, there's plenty of them out there but you will have a hard time finding a knife that can open cuts like this one from slashing. Get a Wise men signet ring and rejoice in the glory of one of the best folding knives for combat ever made! If you don't want to spend the money just do it anyway and you will always be glad that you did.

Review of sorts
Brian K. on Oct 12, 2018

I have to say before I got this knife I hated serrated knives but it has changed my mind. It's the perfect size and shape for a edc protection knife.

Great Knife Overall
Porter M. on Oct 12, 2018

I personally love Spyderco's decision to take the civilian and tone it down. This is still an insanely sharp thin knife but not something I'm afraid will break just fro opening and box or making a quick cut.Great knife for someone show doesn't just want a self defense knife.P.S. And it looks sick in the DLC black coating.

Covert killer
Ryan F. on Jun 30, 2018

My favorite model of knife. Served me well in the service. Great ergonomics, tough, lightweight, razor sharp and very formidable.

Do not wait.
Brandon J. on Feb 13, 2018

I have hesitated about buying this knife for a long time and Thanks to BladeHQ, my wait is over! This knife will save your life and that is all i am gonna say. When SHTF and my Glock 17 goes down, this knife is the Second to come to my rescue. THANKS BladeHQ for great prices, fair shipping, and Quality product assortment.

Great for defense
Thomas D. on Jun 13, 2017

It's razor sharp, light weight, and opens with ease. It will slice everything with ease. Like the other review, watch your fingers.

Super sharp
Andrew B. on Jul 7, 2016

I bought this knife a while back from BHQ. And it's razor sharp out of the box! The hook can really grab and bite deep. Watch your fingers.

Well suited for it's purpose.
Mike H. on Oct 8, 2020

This knife came a bit stiff for one handed opening. I spent some time breaking it in. At the point it became easy to open I found it had a small amount of side to side wiggle. A torx screw driver & some loctite fixed that completely. Now it is easy to open & locks firmly with zero play in any direction. I like the grip pattern on the scales & think it's very well thought out & provides a good grip. The lockback is perfect for this blade. This knife doesn't give you super smooth free swinging action that you can flick open as easily as American Spydercos. (edit: you can flick it open but it takes a lot of practice with coordinated wrist & arm movement) You don't want this blade swinging around freely as it's likely to cut you pretty bad. The lockback keeps it under control. The wave feature works though it will be be tough on your pockets. I prefer to carry it totally concealed IWB, & for that it's very light weight & you forget it's there. If you want a single purpose knife made only for self defense, I don't have anything negative to say about this, It's grippy, slim, & light weight. With some initial break in & adjustment, this knife is rock solid. Combined with pepper spray, I'd say it's a pretty good option where you can't carry a gun. If this is your 1st Spyderco, it will make you want another one you can use as a regular knife, so factor in the cost of an American made knife, which I highly recommend. After getting a Manix 2 XL, now I "get it" about Spyderco. These knives are about top notch quality, function, & ergonomics, not so much looks.

Perfect Except for Two Disappointments
Justin B. on May 29, 2018

Pros: -FRN handle is excellent. Very grippy and feels good in the hand. -Emerson "wave" opener works well. -Perfect self-defense knife Cons: -There is no jimping on the back of the thumb hole. This is my third Spyderco. The other two (PM2 & Salt 2) knives have the jimping, so I was surprised and disappointed to see it omitted in the Matriarch. -The feel of the black blade coating doesn't feel high-end. It is well applied; however, it doesn't have a pleasing feel for me. It also picks up fingerprints which are hard to buff off. It feels more like a parkerized finish rather than the finish that's on a Glock slide or my Benchmade Stryker. Overall: -I'm glad I purchased the knife. The two cons listed are minor nit picks, and would not compromise the effectiveness of the knife in its intended purpose. So, overall I'm glad to have it in my pocket.

Ken E. on Feb 8, 2022

This is my first Spyderco knife. I own over 30 knifes and honestly this was a let down. I will not buy another Spyderco, although I do use their sharpening system for my serrated knifes. Cons: -It does not open smooth at all. I can feel and hear it binding when I try to open it. I will have to take it apart and try to figure out what the issue is. - It is sharp as it will shave the hair on my arm. But it does not cut well. Test cutting cardboard or rope was not smooth at all like my other knifes. Being it is sharp and having the serrations I am going to assume it will cut flesh just fine but it does a poor job cutting normal shit. Didn't buy it to cut anything other than flesh so this may not be a con but honestly I was surprised it didn't test cut well the few things I tried. -I would have preferred jimping on the back of the thumb hole. It a natural place to rest your thumb, much more so than where the jimping is on the handle. Pros: -The Emerson wave opener works better than I expected. I am used to Cold Steels square little opener on 4 different knifes I carry which works well and I think this wave will work as well if not better. Haven't tried it in enough situations whipping it out of the pocket with different pants and shorts but initially it does work well. - I have big hands and the handle is plenty long enough. I have a couple knifes I really like but the handles are just a bit too short/small. The pocket clip also feels fine in the hand in different positions. I have a few knifes where the pocket clip is uncomfortable when held tightly. Neutral: -FRN handle material. It feels and looks like a cheap plastic. It is grippy. It is light But it just looks and feels cheap. Overall it will probably be a good self defense carry. It is light. It's got a good curve for slashing. I will update this after I carry it for awhile and if I can fix the really bad opening binding issue.

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