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EDC (delica 4 or persistence) and why?

Discussion in 'General Knife Discussion' started by John Vicino, Jan 24, 2019.

Trying to pick a new EDC I have both and need help picking

  1. Delica 4

  2. Persistence

    0 vote(s)
  1. John Vicino

    John Vicino

    Jan 24, 2019
    I'm looking for a new EDC I have both spyderco delica 4 and the persistence and love them both I just wanna know ur opinions on what u would carry and why u would carry it also maybe some other suggestions. Also I am not a heavy user on my edc knives just the typical cutting cardboard and little things like that.
  2. stonproject


    Nov 22, 2013
    Delica 4, the VG10 steel is better, and it just feels more comfortable in my hand. If the price difference isn't a big deal theres not much reason to go with the persistence
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  3. eugenechia1989


    May 15, 2017
    I don't own a Delica 4 or a Persistence, but I own an Endura 4 and a Tenacious. Similar enough. I voted Delica 4. The main reason why I prefer to carry my Endura 4 over my Tenacious is the closed-back handle, because it is a backlock and thus the lockbar acts as a backspacer, sealing off the entire back of the handle. Chuck the knife in your pocket with a bunch of other stuff and nothing's going to get between the handle scales and come into contact with the cutting edge of the blade. The downside is pocket lint may accumulate in there, best to have a squeeze-blower to blow it out every now and then. Open-back design doesn't accumulate so much, so there's really pros and cons to both open-back and closed-back design. But I blow out my knives regularly as a habit so the closed-back design's cons don't really bother me.

    Considering my preference for the Endura 4 over the Tenacious, I'm pretty sure I would likewise prefer the Delica 4 over the Persistence.
  4. cchu518

    cchu518 Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 6, 2013
    If you need something more hand filling get the Persistence the Delica is going to be more pocketable.

    If you are a heavy daily user skip both and get a PM2.

    The Delica excels in pocketability though.
  5. Cscotttsss

    Cscotttsss Basic Member Basic Member

    Mar 3, 2015
  6. Velitrius

    Velitrius Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 3, 2000
    The Delica 4 in FFG and VG-10 might just be the perfect EDC. Light, easy to carry, easy to sharpen, not overly spendy.

    Nothing wrong with the Persistence. I gave one away on the forum here once, I hope its new owner found it useful.

    I just like the steel on the Delica better than the Persistence. Spyderco knows what they are doing with the stuff.
  7. Wowbagger


    Sep 20, 2015
    Totally this ^
    I've never owned a Persistence. I looked it up and the blade is a bit thicker than the Delica (I have two Delicas). I prefer the thinner blade of the Delica.
    Note that the Persistence is tip down and the Delica is tip up.
    I don't care I carry both but it is a difference. Looks like you can pull the screws out and set up either one the way you like but maybe you don't want to do that.

    The clip on the Delica is just fine but the clip on the Persistence is more like the one on the Military. In my view the latter is a bit stronger where it is anchored on the knife.

    The Delica has FRN which is extra grippy especially when wet.
    The Persistence has G-10 which is great too but not as sculpted as the molded FRN.

    Of course you noticed the lock differences. The liner lock might be slightly more fun to fiddle with. The back lock is out of the way for long duration use ( the liner lock might create a hot spot).

    I was carrying and using one of my Delicas today. It is a special run that has HAP40 blade steel, carbon fiber scales and the polished bare metal clip. Price wise they are very proud of it though.

    The VG-10 steel in the stock Delica always does just fine for me; I like it.
  8. AntDog

    AntDog Gold Member Gold Member

    Apr 3, 2001
    Delica. Better steel, better ergos, just a better knife all around.

    That said, why are you asking US??? You already own both, make your choice.
  9. laker199


    Jan 7, 2018
    Delica all the way..

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