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Spyderco Endura4 Lightweight FRN Flat Ground PlainEdge Knife
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- 4-way Clip. Screw-together construction.
- Skeletonized steel internal liners. Phosphor bronze washers.
- FRN Bi-Directional Textured® handle.
- David Boye Dent. Enlarged opening hole.
- Spine jimping. Full flat-ground blade.
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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.
Top Customer Reviews
I have had this knife for almost a year (purchased on 2/3/2016, originally for $60.07) and I am very pleased with it despite its factory blemish*. I like it's ergos*, blade steel*, dimensions*, weight*, carry position(s)*, appearance*, serviceability* and sharpness out of box*.
The opening hole had obvious and tactile tooling marks on it that made opening this knife a bit unpleasant so I used a strip of leather and some Flexcut GOLD stropping compound (which I don't recommend you buy) to smooth it out. I provided pictures of that in my review.
I wear large sized gloves but have relatively thin fingers and I find this knife to have great ergonomics in hand. It bears nice features like a jimped thumb ramp, rounded handle edges, bi-directional texturing, and molded-in jimping on the top side of the handle between the exposed locked bar and the pivot pin.
The blade is made of VG-10 steel from Seki-City. I am not a metallurgist but this is a good knife steel in my experience. It hasn't rusted at all and maintains a good edge.
*Dimensions (and Weight):
Here are some spec directly from Spyderco.
Overall Length: 8.75" (222 mm)
Handle Length: 5" (127 mm)
Blade Length: 3.75" (96 mm)
Edge Length: 3.438" (88 mm)
Weight: 3.6 oz. (103 g) / I got 3.32 oz. (94.2 g)
Blade Thickness: .125" (3mm) / I got .117" (2.97mm)
The handle on the Endura is drilled and tapped to be carried tip up, tip down, left and right. I carry mine tip up, right side. This isn't what I'd call a deep carry clip but I don't have any concerns about how much of the handle sticks out of the pocket,
This one is purely arbitrary but I like the profile of this folder. I think it looks sleek and sporty. I got the blue handled variety.
This knife can be completely disassembled using two appropriately sized torx drivers, one for the pocket clip+body screws and the other for the pivot screw.
*Sharpness Out Of Box:
My Endura was extremely sharp out of the box and could easily and cleanly slice through regular 8.5x11" copy paper. The first time I used this to break down card board boxes I was very, very impressed. The flat ground blade provides slicing ability that is supplemental the edge. I haven't sharpened my Endura on any stone or carbide but I have maintained the edge through stropping which has worked well.
Also, this Endura comes with a black painted clip. As you may have noticed in my provided pictures my pocket clip is flat grey. That is because I inadvertently bend the clip badly out of position when it got snagged on the strike plate of a door way while in my pocket. To alleviate the deformation in the clip I bent it back into shape and heated it up until it was glowing red and quenched it in water to re-stiffen it.
The blade size is perfect for a general carry knife that you can also use for chopping up some vegetables or something. I use my pocket knives in the kitchen *a lot* - they're usually the sharpest knifes in the house.
My only complaint, and I'm not deducting any points for it because everybody does it, is that they use the torx head screws instead of an allen head. Allen keys are just so much easier to find when you want to adjust something.