Recently, I have the opportunity to get a couple of knives to replace my Benchmade Triage and Walmart special Kershaw Swerve. The Triage is an awesom knife, but the G10 is too agressive and hurts me everytmg I reach into my pocket, and the Swerve is just a cheap chinese clunker. I chose Spyderco as my replacements, based not only on great reviews, but they are a company that is providing some really great steels at attainable prices. Spyderco is known for trying new steels often being the first in the production knife world to provide a new option via it’s “sprint runs” they do yearly.
I decided that there are 3 distinct sizes of knives that I use and carry. The first being the biggest, which is a woods and weekend knife that is tough and capable, a mid-size knife that gets carried at work and needs to be less “murdery” looking and carry deeply in the pocket. The last is the smallest and a bit of a speciality item, which is a deep in the pocket, no clip even showing type of affair. Spyderco’s Paramilitary 2(PM2), Endura and Dragonfly are the 3 differing sized knifes that I settled on. The PM2 is in S110v steel from America and the other 2 sport a Japanese steel called ZDP-189.
The Paamilitary 2 is generously handled which is great for gloved use with a finger choil if you want to choke up on it a little. People might complain that there is not as much blade as could otherwise fit in the handle, but it makes for a very comfortable tool to use. S110v is the current super steel and has great wear resistance and edge retention. The compression lock allows for very satisfying one-handed flick opening. The G10 is grippy for wet hands there is also a provision for a lanyard that will accept paracute cord. The G10 is not as rough as that on the Benchmade Triage 915.
Both the Delica and Dragonfly have FRN (Fiberglass reinforced nylon) that have great texture and allows it to be light and cheaper than if it was G10. I also find that reaching past it in my pocket G10 can be kind of abrasive. The Delica is 2.5 ounces and the Dragonfly is an unbelievable 1.2 ounces. The Dragonfly when using the finger choil does support all 4 fingers in your grip which is incrediable.
My Delica has an aftermarket deep-carry clip showing almost no handle, so the sheeple at work don’t get too freaked out. The Delica’s blade is pretty thin with a full flat grind (FFG) which makes it a fantastic slicer. The Delica is a bit delicate for hard use, but it does have full steel liners (unlike the dragonfly) and the tip is a bit reinforced by the way they cut the drop point.
There are so many great knife designs, but not many with “super steels” that are not brick heavy and priced for us morals. I knew that I wanted my every day carry (EDC) knife to be less than 3 ounces and the Delica fits the bill. The biggest downside of the Delica is the backlock prevents satisfying flicking of the knife open.