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Spyderco Delica or Tenacious?

Discussion in 'General Knife Discussion' started by Conner Michaux, Aug 14, 2018.

  1. lieferung

    lieferung Basic Member Basic Member

    May 24, 2016
    Nothing wrong with it being in GKD.
  2. Dry-cell


    Jul 27, 2014
    Okay, It's just that it's a company specific topic, so that's why I asked.
  3. J.Mattson


    Sep 10, 2007
    Just to be different I'll recommend the Tenacious. But seriously between those two get the Delica
    P2P and lieferung like this.
  4. Horizon7


    Jun 16, 2018
    Sal said it. I didn't mean to imply anything about the Delica. The OP just asked what kind of knife he should get. Since he specifically mentioned the Delica, I assumed it was for a woman. Ergonomically, it was designed for females. That's it. I'm not trying to imply anything.

    I'm trying to help the OP out. If you are a male, and have small hands, I'm sure the Delica would work out great for you. Doesn't matter to me.
    Last edited: Aug 15, 2018
  5. Horizon7


    Jun 16, 2018
    Why carry this? LOL, do you carry this so you don't have to run and lift weights everyday? I suppose this option is easier.
  6. ipwn3r456


    Sep 2, 2013
    As everyone stated, I would go with the Delica as well.

    If you are planning to get both, it might be better to go with a single knife, such as the Native 5, Manix 2, or even the PM2/Para 3.
    lieferung likes this.
  7. James Y

    James Y

    Feb 18, 1999
    I'm a male with medium-sized hands, and find the Delica fits my hand very well. The Delica has a longer handle for its blade size than many 3"-bladed knives. Some guys with large hands still like the Delica. Its handle is longer than the Native 5's, and is pretty much as long as the Para 3's (or maybe one-eighth of an inch shorter).

    Lots of guys also like the Dragonfly. Personally, that's a little small for me for a one-hand opener.

    Last edited: Aug 15, 2018
  8. Conner Michaux

    Conner Michaux

    Jul 8, 2018
    Okay I will look into a Native 5. I have a PM2 already.
    lieferung likes this.
  9. lieferung

    lieferung Basic Member Basic Member

    May 24, 2016
    Just be aware that the Native strongly encourages you use the choil. It's not that comfortable if you don't, but the choil is comfortable and feels good in the hand.
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  10. Jessero


    Jan 12, 2011
    They are both good knives, i think it depends on what your day to day knife use is. The Delica is definitely the better of the 2 for most peoples everyday carry, being lighter, with better steel, and better fit and finish. However, the benefits of the Tenacious are a longer blade if you need the extra (most people get along fine with the Delicas though), more solidly built (yet there arent many people that ive heard of who have broken Delicas in normal use), in my opinion better looks, and if you are rough on your knives/might lose it, it is usually about $40 vs $60. But if youre like most of us here you will eventually end up with 2 of each!
  11. Blur1670


    Apr 12, 2018
    Go with the Delica. Far better steel, ergonomics and overall quality. I had a tenacious that rusted in a drawer and over time the blade got all the way off centered to the point that blade was touching the liner.
  12. Dry-cell


    Jul 27, 2014
    The knife is easy to open and close one handed, so what's the issue?
  13. cgebhard


    Dec 26, 2005
    Have both Delica is everyday carry, Tenacious sits in a drawer. Delica is a great knife has never failed me. Bought an identical backup just in case I loose this one.
  14. eugenechia1989


    May 15, 2017
    I don't have a Delica, but I have an Endura 4 and a Tenacious. I like the Endura 4 more because I prefer back-locks over liner-locks, I prefer closed-back over open-back, and I like the shape of the Endura 4 more. It's kind of like a modern classic, more gentlemanly, whereas the Tenacious is modern and tactical all the way. I also find the Endura 4 more comfortable in the hand. Of the two being compared, I'd recommend the Delica 4, but I prefer the larger Endura 4, and considering the overall heft of the Tenacious, I think the Endura 4 is a more comparable knife than the Delica. Oh, and the Endura 4 is much more pocket-friendly than the Tenacious, the Delica 4 probably even more so.

    The Tenacious is not a bad knife, but as a budget knife, it's not really the one you'd want to take out when asked by other knife enthusiasts what knife you're carrying.
  15. BladeScout

    BladeScout Basic Member Basic Member

    May 16, 2010
    Wow, you really have a problem with small knives:D
    Must admit, we dont agree.
    I use a size large glove and have no problem with the Delica. Further more, the Dragonfly is one of my most used knives.
    Both two great small knives, as it were.
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  16. Dry-cell


    Jul 27, 2014
    You need to keep better care of your knives by doing regular maintenance on them (oil them). Store them properly when not in use, in an airtight container with desiccant packs.

    Edit: When you handle the knives wear a pair of nitrile gloves to keep your body oils and sweat off of the steel.
    Last edited: Aug 17, 2018
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  17. willc

    willc Gold Member Gold Member

    Aug 13, 2013
    I like the Delica better but the Tenacious is a very nice knife also.
    Plus the Tenacious has G10 and much smoother action because it is a liner lock.

    It really depends on what you want out of a knife.
  18. Blur1670


    Apr 12, 2018
    I don't know why you assume I don't take care of my knives. My knives are kept oiled and stored with desiccant packets. However, sometimes a few days will go by without wiping the knife down with oil after putting it away. A good quality steel can easily go a couple weeks if not longer before rusting. The Tenacious showed rust in three days of sitting in a drawer. Oh and the blade was completely clean.(washed with soap and water and thoroughly dried) Also you're comment about always using gloves while handling a knife.... come on man that's ridiculous. So you're saying while I'm at work I should put gloves on before I cut something? That's ridiculous. My knives are working tools, not display pieces. And while actually using knives they're gonna get wet, get all sorts of stuff on the blades and handle while cutting stuff .
  19. Dry-cell


    Jul 27, 2014
    I meant using gloves for the ones kept in storage, that you take out to oil every now and then.
  20. Dry-cell


    Jul 27, 2014
    Your place must have high humidity, do you have a de-humidifier?

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