Spyderco Delica 4 Review - Initial Impressions

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    Spyderco Delica 4 Review - Initial Impressions

    I recently found myself in need of a knife with a blade under 3.5". I have an Endura 4, and like it very much, so I decided to spring for its little brother, the Delica 4.



    The Delica 4 has a VG-10 blade that is 2.875" long. The cutting edge is 2.5" long. The blade on the Delica is just shy of 1" shorter than the Endura, as is the cutting edge.



    This is the plain edge model, instead of the full flat ground model (which I typically prefer). But I think I actually like the look of the plain edge better on a smaller knife.



    The handle is Fiberglass-Reinforced Nylon, and has a very grippy feel. The fact that the pocket clip takes up more than half of the handle is only noticeable when you look at the knife; it doesn't affect the feel of or my grip on the knife.



    The knife fits very well in my hand when it is open, but I find it a bit small for my liking when closed. This is particularly apparent when trying to open the knife quickly with one hand (I was able to do this after some practice, but it is hard to get a full purchase on the handle while trying to open it).

    Also, while this is probably fuzzy logic, it is hard for me to pay almost as much for the Endura, while getting less blade for the money.

    The Delica's suggested MSRP is $109.95, while the Endura's is 114.95. They can both be had for MUCH less on Amazon.com, $56.14 and $59.73, respectively (at the time of this post, the prices change frequently).

    In short, I like the knife, and I am pleased with it. It fills a specific niche for me; a short knife for when I need it. However, I can legally carry a larger knife... usually, and definitely prefer to do so.



    This won't be my EDC anytime soon, that spot is reserved for my Endura, but I am confident in its ability to get the job done when I can't carry a bigger knife.
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    When they first came out I got one as a present from an observant nephew and then I bought two more, one in the plain edge and one in the semi serrated. At that time they cost about $33. + tax
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    The wave version is a favorite of mine (I have a delicate and endura). Makes opening a breeze.
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    Nice! The Delica is one of my all time favorites. I have two of them, a purple on in VG-10 that my dad got for me and a gray one in Super Blue (ie Super Aogami). Very nice stuff!
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    I have a number of pocket folders for EDC but the Delica has been a favorite for years.

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    My EDC is a Spyderco Dragonfly in Super Blue. Love my Spydies!
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    I have an old one. The blade lock doesn't work any more and the clip is missing. I have been meaning to send it in for repair for a couple of years. Mine has the metal handle, which is kind of slippery.
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    looks good.. I'm more a Benchmade fan, but I do have space for a few more..
    May have to pick me up one. of those Spyderco.

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    I personaly don't like the sperdeco because of the hole.I have the bench made mini and full size gryptillion with the thumb studs and I just can't get used to the hole.They are good knives though.I am not knocking them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sjones View Post
    I personaly don't like the sperdeco because of the hole.I have the bench made mini and full size gryptillion with the thumb studs and I just can't get used to the hole.They are good knives though.I am not knocking them.
    I am just the opposite. I used to hate the idea of the "spidey hole," and thought it would be difficult to use. However, I have found that I actually prefer it. For me, it is easier to find without looking, allows for easier opening of the knife (taking less force), and is much easier to use when I am wearing gloves. I still like my other knives with thumb studs, but I have come to prefer the "spidey hole."
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    Quote Originally Posted by sjones View Post
    I personaly don't like the sperdeco because of the hole.I have the bench made mini and full size gryptillion with the thumb studs and I just can't get used to the hole.They are good knives though.I am not knocking them.
    I have a mini griptillian with thumb stud. Once in a while the stud catches on my pocket. Co-worker has a griptillian with hole. Seems to work well.

    My next purchase will probably have the hole. Looking at a Manix..

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    I'm a Kershaw Leek guy....I just can't get past FRN. I hate it.

    Nice nice knife though and I'm glad you like it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Czombie View Post
    I'm a Kershaw Leek guy....I just can't get past FRN. I hate it.

    Nice nice knife though and I'm glad you like it.
    Yeah, FRN doesn't look very pretty. It initially almost kept me from getting an Endura. However, it feels pretty nice in the hand.
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    I bought a Delica about 5 years ago and carried it daily until about 2 years ago when I purchased an Endura. It is now my EDC knife. I love 'em both! I have carried some kind of a knife almost everday since I was about 7 years old. (Back when I was a kid, you could, and did, carry a pocket knife to school! Just about every boy, and even some girls, carried a knife. They were considered TOOLS!) Can you imagine that in today's liberal "nanny state" environment! I've been very happy with my "Spidey" knives since I got them.
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    Thanks for sharing. I too like the Delica 4 and gave it a decent review on my knife blog.
    For about $60 you can do a lot worse! Sure FRN is not for everyone.
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