Spyderco Inc. 9000685 Delica 4 Folding Knife, Zome Green
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- Country of origin: Japan
- Brand name: Spyderco
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Introduced in 1990, the Delica was the first its kind on the market. The folder opened up the knife market to lightweight performance, one-hand opening pocket knives. Refinement has been ongoing and countinual with tweaked ergonomics and refined blade steels. The new Delica 4 has screw construction making cleaning and adjusting easier. Brand: SpydercoModel: DelicaColor: Black, orange, redBlade materials: VG-10Handle materials: FRNBlade length: 2.875 inchesHandle length: 4.25 inchesVG-10 blades are flat saber-ground with a stronger tip and larger 13mm opening holeSpine has slip resistant jimping and a David Boye Dent locking mechanismPhosphor bronze washers smooth out the open/close actionFiberglass reinforced nylon handles come molded with Bi-Directional Texturing for preferred traction and improved ergonomicsFour-position pocket clip that supports all possible carry combinationsWeight: 2.1 ouncesDimensions: 6.5 inches x 2.5 inches x 1.0 inchBefore purchasing this product, please familiarize yourself with the appropriate state and local regulations by contacting your local police dept., legal counsel and/or attorney general's office. You, as the buyer, not Overstock.com, are responsible to understand your local, state, and federal laws before placing an order.
Style Name: Delica 4 Lightweight Flat Ground | Color: Black
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The knife has been my constant companion since it arrived. It is light, comfortable, and constantly useful (opening packages, breaking down cardboard, cutting down weeds, slicing irrigation flex-pipe, etc.). It is big enough to handle most serious tasks without being overly bulky or causing concern to none-knife-people. The continuous belly and full-flat grind make it an effective slicer. The slight drop-point at the very end of the blade strengthens the tip considerably. The VG-10 steel is a nice balance between durability and easy sharpening. The larger Spydie hole makes for easy opening (though the edges are sharp). And the lock-back mechanism appears to be the strongest of the Spyderco lineup, according to controlled tests viewable on YouTube.
Some have complained about the lack of a finger choil, but you can still choke up on the blade without cutting yourself. The Zome handles (on *my* knife, at least) are a bit "murky" - essentially a muddy black-and-green camouflage that would be difficult to see if dropped in the woods. The pocket-clip is only painted, not parkerized, and wearing quickly. I'd also prefer a deeper carry to protect against getting snagged and pulled out when walking through brush. But I have to say, the knife is very easy on the hand, so this is just nitpicking.
If I were in a wilderness survival situation, I would want a different knife, but for rural, around-the-property EDC, the Delica 4 seems a near-perfect choice.
When I was a kid, I was told the story of Goldilocks and the Three Bears. In this story, the little girl would try out things in the Three Bears home until she found just the right thing she was looking for. Upon choosing the item that fit her best she would say, “It’s just right!”
And that my friends, is just what the Spyderco Delica 4 (FFG) is all about, “It’s just right”.
So, what makes this knife, “Just Right”, well let me tell you.
It’s not too heavy or too light.
It’s not too big or too little. (4 ¼ inches closed and 7 ¼ inches overall)
It fits small hands or large hands.
Its blade is not too long or too short. (three inches total)
The blade has a big hole for easy opening.
The blade comes very sharp right out of the box.
The blade is a true Full Flat Grind aka FFG.
It has a great functional pocket clip.
The pocket clip can be put on either side and on either end.
The knife is just the right size for cutting or peeling all your fruits and vegetables. (This is my number one use for this knife and it’s truly outstanding in this application.)
The knife can be had in a lot of great colors. (But the colors do change from year to year, so if you see a color you like order it while you can. I chose blue, my wife has a pink one.)
The scales (handle) has a great grip texture, that of course, is not too rough or too smooth. The scale pattern provides a good grip even when wet.
Now let me tell you I have not always been a Spyderco fan. I mean “Spyderco” it’s just not a knife name I grew up with. I am old school, a real knife was a Buck, a Case, or a Boker. You know US or German knives like your Dad or Grandfather carried in their pockets and passed down to their children. I still own those brands and love them but they are not even what I carry now.
Now, after carrying and using pocket knives for over 50 years, I want something light weight, sharp, easy to re-sharpen, easy to carry and easy to open with one hand. I want that “Goldilocks Knife” and in the Spyderco Delica 4, I think I just may have found what I have been looking for.
Don’t let your porridge get cold before you order one for yourself!
Take care, Your Ol' Uncle Sawberry.