Spyderco Delica4 Lightweight FRN Flat Ground PlainEdge Knife
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- Spyderco Delica4 lightweight black frn flat ground PlainEdge
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If you already own a Delica or Endura, you have one of the best selling knives Spyderco makes. The knife you have just acquired is a bit different from the normal C10 Endura4 and C11 Delica4 Lightweights. They are now available in a range of new handle colors with full-flat ground blades. Their FRN (fiberglass reinforced nylon) handles come in new vibrant tones including blue, green, brown, gray and purple. Molded onto the handle's surface is Bi-Directional Texturing® for slip-free tactile traction. Inside the handle are dual skeletonized stainless steel liners which strengthen the knife without additional weight and double as an anchor for external and internal components to attach through generating more sturdiness and rigidity. The blades are full flat-ground VG-10 with a thinner highly refined cutting edge and a larger 13mm opening hole. Added to the blade’s spine is slip resistant jimping. Phosphor bronze washers smooth out the open/close action and the clip is upgraded to a four-way tip-up, tip-down, left-or right-handed clip.
In 1990, innovative cutlery company Spyderco introduced a knife called the Delica, a first of its kind on the market, offering a unique combination of lightweight performance, one-handed opening and closing, and an affordable price. it quickly became one of Spyderco's top-selling knives, and the company has continued to refine the model over the years.
This is the fourth iteration of this keenly sharp, refined steel blade, offering screw-together construction that's durable and easy to clean. A fiberglass reinforced nylon (FRN) handle comes in a variety of eye-catching colors, and has proprietary Bi-Directional Texturing for nonslip use with improved ergonomics, while dual skeletonized steel liners to improve strength without adding weight, and also anchor all external components. A razor sharp VG-10 blade is flat ground, while crosshatched jimping along the blade's spine further improves grip, and phosphor bronze washers help smooth out the opening action. When it's time to move, a four-way clip offers a number of carrying configurations.
- 7.125-inch open length
- 4.25-inch closed length
- 2.875-inch VG-10 steel blade
- 2.56-inch cutting edge
- 0.5-inch blade hole
- 0.09-inch blade thickness
- 2.5-ounce weight
- FRN handle material
Sypderco knives include a limited manufacturer's warranty against defects in materials and workmanship. Details are included with your purchase.
Thinking beyond established knife industry practices has allowed Spyderco to introduce new innovations, including one-hand opening, serrations on a folder, and a clip to attach a knife to a pocket. Spyderco remains dedicated to researching and developing improved, better-performing materials with function and reliability, and its unique cutlery line is a result of designing ergonomic, functional tools. The company puts its new products through rigorous testing prior to release, examining edge retention with a CATRA machine, looking for rust development with Q-FOG, checking the force needed to open and close a knife, and analyzing numerous other technical details.
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I own a lot of Spyderco knives, and I thought that this would be the ideal EDC (as so many other reviewers have said). The color is truly more of a blue than gray -- but it looks great -- and the knife is the "standard" sharpness for Spyderco stuff (which means almost shaving-sharp out of the box; seriously, just run this thing on a butcher's steel for a bit and you'll be shaving with it). My *one* kind of big problem with this knife is that the Emerson opener does not seem to catch hard enough on my clothes when I pull the knife out of a pocket, and the blade tends to open up only halfway. I will probably need more practice with this, but then again, I am now uncertain whether practice will help with my small, under-cargo BDU pocket (I can't really do the twist action needed for the wave to catch properly since the pocket is so low on my leg.)
My one smaller problem is also (I guess) with the space given to the thumb hole size, making for a more awkward traditional opening than, say, the normal Endura model has. My hand just seems too pinched up with this thing. But that's a Delica problem, I guess.
I'll still carry the knife, but this model is not one of my very favorites.
After watching a few videos demonstrating the Emerson feature, I've been able to pull off the "quick draw" for which so many people love this knife. Once managed (which only requires pulling out the knife at the correct angle and fast enough), it is pretty impressive. The only worry I have now is what the draw is going to do to my clothes. As it is, pocket knives have consistently torn up the pockets of most of my pants, and I honestly can see this particular knife being far worse for the wear, so to speak. In addition (and according to some really quick Google searches), there seems to be a bit of legal blurriness for this knife: it's not a "switchblade," but it might as well be once someone has become adept at drawing it. I'm curious to know where this knife stands in jurisdictions with strict weapons regulations.
Blade material and shape is perfect. VG-10 is one of the most affordable "super" steels out there. Will hold an edge fairly well without chipping, and very rust resistant. Again, the rust resistance is useful for processing food and the edge holding abilities of the knife are good for knife owners who don't want to have to sharpen their knives every few weeks. This combined with the full flat grind make it just amazing.
Did I forget to mention the super low weight of the knife and the slim profile? You'll barely notice the blade in your pocket or waistband, which is a big plus
I went back and forth with the delica and the endura. I wanted the smaller blade size and better looking blade of the Delica. But after using this knife it probably doesn't make a whole lot of sense putting a wave feature on a knife this small. A defense situation is the the only reason I would want a fast deployment with a knife and I would not feel that comfortable defending myself with a blade of this size. Also, I think the wave feature is easier to handle with a longer and heavier knife.
I took a gamble with a lock-back knife and, as I guessed, I prefer a liner/frame lock. It's just easier to fold one handed with less risk. This is personal preference and did not factor into my rating.
The teeth on the FRN handles are shredding my clothes. Even though there is a flat logo where the clip meets the handle, there is still a ton of resistance when inserting and pulling this knife. I removed the clip and took a sander to the teeth around the clip.
I find the wave a bit too big. IMO, it should be big enough to catch the pants pocket, but it should be an *intentional* action. I can't tell you how many time I almost cut myself just taking it out of my pants (after I take them off). Perhaps the size of the waves on the Emerson knives is just right. But who has the $ for one of those?
Wish the clip was deep carry. I got a fever, and the only prescription is more deep carry!