- Wed Aug 17, 2016 10:18 pm
[report]After spending a few days debating myself over which knife to get with Amazon Gift cards received for my birthday, I decided to go with the Spyderco Delica 4. I've never had a Spyderco before and a lot of people are rabid fans so that had me interested, then when I saw the Delica available in ZDP-189 steel hardened to hrc 64.
The knife came in today, it's got the Fiberglass Reinforced Nylon handle in "British Racing Green
FRN isn't the most elegant handle material in the world, but serviceable for a knife meant to spend more time in your pocket and in use than in a display case. It's comfortable in the hand, and the knife is very light, which I like. I have a bit of a belly and no butt so my pants are generally trying to fall off of me, as such I hate having anything heavy in my pocket. The knife was made in Seki City Japan. The liner is skeletonized for weight reduction and the knife is well made. The blade lines up centered between the liners when folded and there is zero play in the blade when open. The blade lock feels very solid.
I was surprised that out of the box the knife wasn't as sharp as I expected. It was moderately so, but not as sharp as I usually keep my knives.
It certainly didn't warrant pulling out my course stones, but a few passes on my 6000 grit water stone followed by stropping and it's now a sharper knife than most people will ever see or handle. This weekend I may spend some time putting a serious mirror finish on it.
Because it has such a hard steel that can handle it, down the road, when I've used it enough to need to really re-work the edge, I may re do the bevel to a more acute angle.
The only thing close to a complaint I have about it is that the edges of thumb hole for flipping the blade open is uncomfortably sharp. I don't think it will cut my thumb, but it doesn't feel good. I'll pick up some emery cloth tomorrow and east that edge a bit. Overall though, to be able to get a well made knife in this steel for $85 is a heck of a deal.[/report]
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