Spyderco Delica4 Lightweight FRN Flat Ground PlainEdge Knife
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- Manufacturer: Spyderco
- 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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Top customer reviews
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!
-Barcode label sticker reads "BO" as in manufactured (or packaged for sale) February 2015
-Sliding box was sealed with single strips of tape on opposite ends
-Inside the box: knife in bubble wrap sleeve, product info and warranty guide pamphlet specific for the Delica (not a printed letter), foam liner for the box
-Blade is perfectly centered
-Hair-whittling sharp out of the box
-Pivot was tight but loosens up fairly quickly with use. Mine is still pretty tight, but "flickable" nonetheless.
-No blade play whatsoever, in any direction.
-Thumb hole finish was not so great. The edge around the hole was very sharp and would shave my fragments of nail and skin off my thumb when using it. I smoothed it out using 1000 grit sandpaper. It's perfect now. I did end up unintentionally scuffing little swirls around the hole which looks pretty cool in my opinion, but be careful if you attempt this (for resale or whatnot).
-The FRN handle catches a lot of dirt around the edges.
-This is the first back-lock knife I've ever used, but I find that it take a good amount of force to unlock the blade. My finger are actually bruised from this. Maybe I'm just weak, who knows. One hand operation is super easy; it's a little weird at first but you'll pick it up real quick.
-Like others have mentioned, the stock photo captures the true color of the handle very poorly. The actual color has more of a red tint to the orange. It's a bright neon orange (again, Google it). It looks so damn good in person. It's what initially drew me to find this knife.
-Overall, I really love this knife.
I was excited to see they were gonna finally release the left handed PM2 - but then I got discouraged as it's taking way too long...and I guess I started to think about carrying a knife that didn't elicit the 'oh-my' response the full size Mille does at times....so I got this. (that's why I carried the SAK farmer or cadet along with the Millie!)
So far I really like it - shorter - but plenty able to use on food prep, boxes, packages, and any other thing I use a knife for on a daily basis.
It's a cheap knife - it really can't compare to the Military in any way but the name - it's not even made in the USA...but I knew all that going in....and I'm still plenty OK with carrying it. Heck, after hearing everyone rave and rave about them...and buying/giving Delica's away for years...it's probably time I carry one for awhile!
Nice + is that the knife is totally ambi - easy to change the clip to the way you need it...and then the back lock works fine with either hand. It's not as simple or natural as my lefty military with it's 100% left handed liner lock...but it's ok. It's good. I'm been carrying it a few weeks now and use it a lot - I'm sure I'll continue for a good while - at least at work in the office where the Military (admittedly) is a bit much to ever pull out. lol.