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Spyderco Delica 4 Flat Ground Plain Edge Lightweight FRN Knife
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- Materials: Blade - VG-10, Handle: FRN (Fiberglass Reinforced Nylon)
- Overall Length: 7.12" , Blade Length: 2.87", Closed Length: 4.25", Weight: 2.5oz
- Lock Type: Lock Back
- Blade Grind: Flat, Blade Shape: Drop Point
- Manual opening with ambidextrous thumb hole
- Made in Seki City, Japan
- Best Use: Every Day Carry
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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. The VG-10 blades are flat saber-ground with a stronger tip and larger 13 mm opening hole.Brand: SpydercoModel: DELICA4 LightweightColor: Blue, brown, grey, green, purpleBlade materials: VG-10Handle materials: FRNBlade length: 2.875 inchesHandle length: 4.25 inchesSpine 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 ouncesDimensions: 6.5 inches x 2.5 inches x 1.0 inchesBefore 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.
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The weight feels nice and light both in the hand and in the pocket. It doesn't seem to be built quite as stoutly as the Persistence but I guess that's kinda the point. The thumb ramp jimping is finer/ less coarse than the jimping on the Persistence but feels MUCH more secure. The thumb ramp on the Delica is also slightly steeper and taller which seems to help set your thumb in place.
The grip and ergonomics on the scales is great and feels much more secure in the hand than the Persistence. I can get a full grip on the Delica with all four fingers. It really feels locked in.
I can't comment on the VG10 steel as I haven't had a chance to wear it out or sharpen it but I'll assume that it's actually VG10 steel and thereby better than average.
The retention is very strong. Almost too strong, and it's a little difficult to flick open. I generally prefer liner locks, so I'll chalk up the stiffness to the fact that it's a back lock. I'm sure I can get it to loosen up some.
The lock up seems pretty good but it does have a little "flex"? This doesn't appear to be from poorly fitted parts but rather that the the whole package is going for lightweight. The blade and liners are much thinner than the Persistence thus making the whole knife feel slightly....light duty.
Here's my problem. The thumb hole looks as if it was run though with a hand drill and left as is. I've never seen such poor finishing work on any of my other Spyderco knives. Nor have I seen such poor finishing on my $20 Rat 1(awesome knife btw). I also noticed that I'm not the only one to have received a knife in this condition. I don't think it's going to cut into my thumb but so far it doing a heck of a job trying. I suppose I could just break out the dremmel tool and smooth it up but this is supposed to be a "better" knife from Spyderco. I may just send it back ...we'll see.
I might just get the Zancudo instead ...for about $20.
First issue, though I do not know if this is an Amazon problem, is that the blue knife is not the color as pictured. The picture shows navy blue, and the knife arrived in light blue. If you want to know the true color of the knife, do a web search for #00bfff. While do like the color, it was not as pictured, and I take issue with that. It could have been a shade of blue I did not care for.
The second two issues are regarding the workmanship. The thumb hole/opener was not drilled properly, as it exhibits some pretty significant chatter marks. The edges on the hole were also not properly broken. The entire top half of the hole on both sides was sharp, and it shaved off a little skin each time I opened it. Luckily, I do own a couple deburring tools, so I could fix it myself.
The design is great, and I loved my first one. But Spyderco fell short on my expectations of quality.
While all the things above are true in the "pros" column, there are some cons that I think are unacceptable for a $70 EDC knife. For one, the knife came really stiff. It was difficult to open one handed. I figured it would loosen up with use, so I opened and closed it hundreds of times over a couple days. It did get easier, but then I started to notice a lot of blade play. With the knife closed, I could push the blade tip to one side of the handle and it would stay there, then I would push it to the other side. It was that loose with side-to-side wiggle. I got a wrench and tightened the screw, which solved the blade play, but then the knife was really slow and tough to open again. So that's my choice, and I don't think I should have to choose between ease of opening and sturdy alignment on a knife this expensive.
The other thing that was disappointing was the clip. The paint started chipping off it from normal wear within a week. Just sitting in an office chair and getting up throughout the day, nothing extreme. It's also not deep carry, and getting a replacement or deep carry clip from Spyderco is $26...just for the pocket clip.
It did come very sharp and the steel is good, but considering this is Asian made and you can get an Asian made Kershaw for $20 that is just as functional of an EDC knife, I think this should be about $40, and I would advise budget-minded shoppers to consider other options. If you decide to get it, keep the box so you can sell it if you choose, because there are many fake, convincing Spyderco knives around now and smart buyers will want to check the box/tags. Also, the knife got a lot easier to open when I put a zip tie on the outside of the hole in the blade, as a makeshift thumb stud. You can search for videos on how to do this on Youtube, but most of them explain a version that deploys the blade as you pull it out of your pocket, which doesn't really work if you carry the knife clipped to your back pocket like me.
A month after I got the Delica, I got a Kershaw Shuffle, and it's been my EDC since. The Delica is definitely better, but at $16 with a pry-bar pommel, the Kershaw is very thin, useful and charming, and I can afford for it to get lost or damaged, plus it comes with a deep carry clip with a black wash finish that doesn't look as bad when it gets scratched. Different animals, though!
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Cons: Clip is not as sturdy as I'd like; it seemed to bend without too much effort.