Overall Length: 7.75"
Blade Length: 3.375"
Cutting Edge: 3.375"
Blade Thickness: 0.125"
Hole Diameter: 0.5"
Blade Steel: 8CR13MOV
Handle Material: G-10
Closed Length: 4.438"
Weight: 4 oz.
Today I am reviewing the Limited run Spyderco Tenacious C122GPBL. I got this knife yesterday and since have been cutting just about everything in sight.
I must admit first off, I have been into knives for about a year now and reviewing them for the last three months or so. This is the first Spyderco knife I toyed with. My two biggest objectives in choosing a Spyderco was cost and being capable of almost any EDC system. The Tenacious has been a model that Spyderco rolled over many years and it's cost, size and weight is what sold me on giving Spyderco a try.
Starting off with the business end. The Tenacious has a 3.375" slab of 8Cr13Mov steel with a thickness of a little over 3mm. From my understanding (correct me please if I'm wrong) 8Cr13Mov is very similar to AUS8. It sharpens easily and holds a nice edge. The blade has a full flat ground leaf shape with a very sharp edge and a really nice belly that is great for everyday cutting task. The main thing I had little doubt in was the ability to deploy this knife fast. I was unsure of the "hole deploy" method. After using in the last day or so I must say, deploying the blade is easy with a flick of your thumb or index finger. Some people have even done the "zip-tie mod" so it could wave open out of the pocket. Out of the box it was extremely sharp, I've used it to break down about a dozen cardboard boxes, about 12 feet of 1/2" rope and than I cleaned it up to use it for trimming some fat off my steak. After all that it still has a very sharp edge!
The jimping and thumb ramp on the Spyderco Tenacious is just plain awesome. I'm able to get a secure grip with no slippage of my thumb when slicing up stuff.
Sandwiched between the liners and the blade are bronze phosphor washers. These allow the blade to open nice and smooth. The liner lock is tough as nails. When the blade is deployed there is absolutely no wiggle in any direction. Also another attention to detail are the drilled out liners to keep the weight down. And being a stand off pillar design is super nice too for ease of cleaning and such. And closed up the blade sits centered.
The Tenacious handle is constructed using G10. The G10 isn't as aggressive as my Benchmade 915 Triage, but it's still good enough to get a firm grip even if you're wearing gloves. And it's not so abrasive that it will tear up your pants pocket or hands. The pocket clip is pretty good. I would have liked to see a deep riding pocket clip but this one works pretty good. In tip up fashion only a little over 1/2" sticks out of the pocket. The knife will accommodate left or right hand tip-up or tip-down for your liking.
My final conclusion on the Spyderco Tenacious: For the price it definitely ranks up there with one of my favorite budget blades. And being a limited run blue color is definitely nice on the eyes I think. As I said before I was skeptical if I'd like the "hole deploy" method or not. I totally dig it. It's not as bad as I pictured it'd be. My only gripe is out of the box there was a little drag in the deployment of the blade. But not to worry, with a small slight turn of the pivot screw it eliminated the drag and now it opens smooth as silk with absolutely no wiggle. I will be carrying this more often and will report back if there is any issues I run into with it.
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