History behind Spyderco Dragonfly
The most interesting thing about Spyderco Dragonfly C28 is that it first came out in 1994, and was the first Spyderco knife to feature a 50/50 forefinger choil. The first generation C28 was a production knife made in Seki City, Japan. All the C28 variants had right-handed tip-up carry position.
After that many different variants of the Dragonfly came to light over the years until 2009, after which Dragonfly 2 was launched. The first generation C28BK featured black FRN handle and came in three different steel types: VG-10, AUS-8, and GIN-1/G-2. The edge type was either Plain Edge or Serrated Edge with hollow or full-flat grind. The C28 with AUS-8 steel launched in 2001, increased blade and overall size in 2004, and added a bug on blade in 2006.
Many changes were made with each addition in a new variant, including moving from serrated to plain edge and adding a cusp to the spine of the blade. The base of the clip was extended to the butt end, and the handle made more ergonomically sound to provide a secure grip.
Then came the CX05 with stainless GIN-1/G-2 steel in 1997, shortly followed by C28 range, including lightweight version. The C28 also featured ATS-55 stainless steel in addition to GIN-1/G-2 in 1998. The ATS-55 had increased blade and overall length when produced in 2004, with added Boye Dent in 2006. It also featured a Chrome-3 screw standard pocket clip.
The C28 further expanded into C28S, C28CF, C28PET, C28PWH, C28GPFG, and C28T. All these variants had VG-10 steel blade except for C28CF that featured ATS-55. It also costed more than the others – $130 in 1997, also because it was limited edition.
The PET and PWH, on the other hand, were Sprint Run variants, excellent for knife enthusiasts and ‘made for the hand.’
The C28T came in multi-color stainless steel options, grass blades and Dragonfly Tattoo.
The knife of this review, GFG G-10 Foliage Green, was launched in 2009, initially priced at $130. It was the only knife in this series that came with right and left-handed tip-carry position. Rest of the knives were not made for the left hand. It came as a regular production run knife but with limited supply. Therefore, it may sometimes be out of stock. It also came with silver stainless wire clip, as opposed to Chrome-3 or integral FRN clip.