People who carried the Spyderco Dragonfly FRN, how durable it is ?

Discussion in 'General Knife Discussion' started by Chapp, Jan 9, 2020.

  1. Chapp


    Mar 28, 2018
    I keep hearing about how the metal of the blade will eat the FRN of the handle and it will get lose along the way. The Dragonfly is 80€ where I live and I use my knife extensively. Should I be worried and go for the G10 version that has metal liners and washers ?

    What's your take on it ?
  2. 91bravo

    91bravo Gold Member Gold Member

    Jun 29, 2008
    FRN is some tough stuff for handle material, and it has been proven over the many, many, years it's been out. I wouldn't worry about using a FRN knife at all.
  3. Hackenslash

    Hackenslash Don't feed the Trolls Platinum Member

    Jul 25, 2014
    I’ve carried lots of FRN Spydercos, including the DFly, and they’ve always performed fine with no issues inherent to the FRN material. Spyderco FRN is top notch in that genre.
  4. Dallas T

    Dallas T Gold Member Gold Member

    Apr 6, 2013
    That should never happen or be a concern
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  5. T.L.E. Sharp

    T.L.E. Sharp Oatmeal Pecan is better than Chocolate-chip. Platinum Member

    Jun 30, 2016

    It's a screw together design. If it loosens you can always tighten it. I've owned several of both and prefer the FRN version over the g10.
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  6. CanadaKnifeGuy


    Jan 27, 2019
    My serrated H1, linerless ladybug is holding up great.
  7. Rhinoknives1

    Rhinoknives1 Gold Member Gold Member

    Jul 1, 2013
    Don’t know whom is telling you the metal is going to eat the blade, but I doubt it’s from their personal experiences. That’s complete nonsense!
  8. lieferung


    May 24, 2016
    I think you should go for the version with steel liners and G10 just because it looks and feels better in my opinion.;)

    With that said, FRN is not going to fail or be "eaten away" by the blade, that's just silly.
  9. Steely_Gunz

    Steely_Gunz Got the Khukuri fevah Moderator

    May 9, 2002
    I've got a 12 or 13 year old Endura with white FRN that is still chugging along and locking up fine. I wouldn't worry about it in the least.
  10. Getting older

    Getting older

    Jan 3, 2016
    I have an early fully serrated dfly from early 90''s it's great .Used to cut 3 an 4"water hoses to fix on the fly under water tables never a problem
  11. halden.doerge

    halden.doerge I'll Sharpen Your Knife Gold Member

    Aug 17, 2014
    It's plenty durable. For a knife of that size, I can't imagine how you'd compromise it without doing so intentionally and having to really really work to wreck it.
  12. Knives&Lint

    Knives&Lint Doin' alright for country trash Platinum Member

    May 10, 2013
    I carry a Dragonfly regularly, and also have used an FRN Salt as my Kayaking/Beach knife for many years with no issues. I also picked up the pakkawood dragonfly which has metal liners like the G10 version recently, and I gotta be honest; Even though I do like it quite a bit, I'm not 100% sold on it yet for carrying regularly, and can't help but wonder if perhaps the lightweight liner-less FRN version is simply the ideal platform for a knife like the Dragonfly.
  13. Chrisinzky

    Chrisinzky Gold Member Gold Member

    Nov 20, 2015
    No worries about frn wearing down, it's good stuff
  14. Korean Hog

    Korean Hog Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 12, 2017
    I carry FRN Spydercos for HVAC and electrical work (think wires, gaskets, tape, hoses etc.)
    I've never had a problem with durability out of the steel or handle scales.
  15. Sigsog226

    Sigsog226 Gold Member Gold Member

    Dec 3, 2013
    I've had many df2's, and the frn one I had the longest was 3 years of using it 5 days a week. It held up the same from day one. Opened/closed well, didn't develop any play, and the frn was still completely intact.

    And I dig for a living, rain or shine, so it had all kinds of gunk, dirt, mud, get in there. I would clean it out after it got completely covered. Still one of my top 5 folding knives. I prefer the frn myself. I like the texture and weight of it. But the g10/liners do have a smoother/classier feel to them.
  16. RKH


    Oct 29, 2005
    I am a big fan of the dgnfly. I have 3 frn and a g10 fly. All great knives but I prefer the frn and it will not eat the handle.
  17. T.L.E. Sharp

    T.L.E. Sharp Oatmeal Pecan is better than Chocolate-chip. Platinum Member

    Jun 30, 2016
    Also, please link to those saying the blade will eat the handle so that we may chastise them properly.
  18. Eli Chaps

    Eli Chaps Gold Member Gold Member Basic Member

    Apr 20, 2018
    I exclusively carried the same FRN Delica for years. My oldest daughter now uses it as her EDC. It's just fine. Just like all my FRN and FRCP Spydercos.
  19. jpm2


    Nov 19, 2014
    Like everyone else, I've had no problems with Spyderco FRN handles. I've scraped, pried and twisted with them quite a bit.
  20. cchu518

    cchu518 Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 6, 2013
    When I got hold of my first delica I smacked the handles with a hammer. Did the same with a mini grip and it didn't do a thing to them.

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