Another guy asking for guidance

Discussion in 'Spyderco' started by Quintalito, Sep 5, 2014.

  1. Quintalito


    Sep 29, 2013
    Hi guys,

    Let me start by saying i used to find spyderco's ergos silly. Then, with all the fuss ppl make about them, i decided to get the byrd cara cara to see what it was about. Now i know the ergos are everything but silly. Plus, for an inexpensive knife, it was pretty darn sharp.

    So now I'm planning on buying a spyderco in december. But the more i've been looking at models, the harder it gets to decide. I basically want an edc i can carry in any attire, as slim as possible, 3ish blade (the dimensions of the crkt drifter are a good example of what i'm looking for, blade and handlewise) and on somewhat of a budget (around $100 max, i can go a little over but if i can spend less it would be good too). It wouldn't get hard use as far as i know.

    Here's my dilemma:

    air: lovely design. was the one i was going to buy until i saw how tiny it was. Will buy when i have more "regular" knives.

    Manix 2 translucent: good looks but i heard of mechanic problems

    Tenacious: looks good and price is enticing, but i heard they are cursed (underlying ergo problem?)

    Delica: seems ideal but frn is a little too hard to my taste (never handled g-10 though, don't know how much of a difference it makes)

    I gather many of you guys own a lot of spydies. Could you help me out?

    Thank you
  2. legato1

    legato1 Gold Member Gold Member

    Sep 8, 2006
    Delica is hard to beat, small enough to be acceptable most places, great ffg and comes in many cool colors. The sage 1 is a little more expensive but its only over your limit by 2 dollars on the big river. Great size knife with s30v, my sage 2 is one of my favorites.
  3. Quintalito


    Sep 29, 2013
    Wow one post KO!!!!

    The sage really seems to fit the bill. I don't know if sb is going to beat that suggestion, especially when i shop my knives on that same river :)
  4. Sonnydaze

    Sonnydaze Gold Member Gold Member

    Jul 6, 2009
  5. Quintalito


    Sep 29, 2013
    Double post sry
  6. Quintalito


    Sep 29, 2013
    They look very similar. What is the difference? Nice picture btw. Online shopping is such an exercise in restraint. Must... Resist...
  7. Barman1

    Barman1 Gold Member Gold Member

    Jun 21, 2013
    It seems you're sort of anxious about your first?
    Ask around and get it right the first time... ;)

    .....because we all got it right the first time. :rolleyes:
    Last edited: Sep 5, 2014
  8. skyhorse

    skyhorse Gold Member Gold Member

    Jan 30, 2010
    No problems with the Manix 2 at all. There is a break in period however. One of the smoothest knives I own. Imho the best edc knife in it's price range bar none.
  9. Surfingringo

    Surfingringo Gold Member Gold Member

    May 25, 2013
    Ahhhhhh hahahahaha hahahaha.......:D

    Hey op, the Sage is a nice knife but personally (like sonny daze) I prefer the chaparral. The chap is a bit smaller and Carey's much better and I feel like it is a sleeker more ergonomic knife. They are both great.
  10. Mike-Mike


    Jul 31, 2011
    Native 5 is a few more bucks but will also be 100% business environment friendly.
  11. wolf-man-12


    Dec 24, 2007
    I probably have more Delica's than most people but they just can't be beat for an everyday carry ~ color ~ size ~ blade ~
    price ~ steel ~ and on and on ! I do carry other Spydies but I always have a Delica on me.**
  12. SpydrMan


    Jul 20, 2014
    Delica or Sage 1 would be my choices here. Also, the Manix 2 Lightweight is a great knife, no problems with mine whatsoever.
  13. blades&wrenches

    blades&wrenches Gold Member Gold Member

    Jan 11, 2014
    Sage series or native 5
  14. C_Becker


    Oct 7, 2012
    The only curse that lies on the Tenacious is that it'll make you want more Spydercos. No ergo problems whatsoever, at least for me.
    Its a great knife, especially for the price. If it wasn't for the 8Cr13, you would never know that its a "budget" knife.
    I also like G10 much better than FRN, but maybe thats just me.
  15. Spyderco-man


    Feb 3, 2013
    This is true about the tenacious. You'll probably end up with all of them at some point if you're like me. You can't go wrong with any of these. Of all the ones mentioned, I'd opt for the Sage first. But that's just me. The Delica is great, the Manix is wonderful. I'm not sure about mechanical problems. Mine has been fine, but Spyderco is good with backing their knives if a problem arises. Sorry, it appears I'm not being more helpful. My best advice is to get today!
  16. Spyderco-man


    Feb 3, 2013
    Dbl post
  17. asmith001


    Oct 8, 2012
    Just pick one in your preferred price range... It will most likely snowball from there. :D
  18. bh49


    Dec 27, 2005
    You need to get Native5 or Caly3. Both of them little out of your price range, but you have plenty of time to grab lightly used on secondary market. Should be $80-90 shipped for lightly used. Get one of these and you will never need another knife.
    This doesn't mean that you will stop buying :)
  19. Ray Allen

    Ray Allen

    Nov 11, 2006
    Manix2 LW S110V about $110 shipped. Not much more needs to be said. You'll end up there anyway, may as well start start there.
  20. neffarious

    neffarious Basic Member Basic Member

    Jun 23, 2012

Share This Page