Tenacious or persistence for EDC????

Discussion in 'Spyderco' started by DanR1, Jan 14, 2017.

  1. DanR1


    Jan 9, 2017
    I cannot for the life of me decide on which knife, the tenacious or the persistence, to buy for my EDC. The price for each is great. And I'd buy both if i could... but I can't.

    So I was hoping that anyone who owns, or has owned both of these knives, could tell me which one of them worked better for you as an EDC?

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  2. Pokerchip


    Jun 26, 2015
    I have them both and like them very much. As a disclaimer, I carry my Pacific Salt the majority of the time. However, the number 2 knife in my rotation is the Persistence. It sees pocket time at least twice a week. I prefer the Persistence over the Tenacious. I think my main reason for this is because the "T" seems to take up a lot of pocket room and feels much bigger than my Pacific. While the Persistence is smaller it is still an awesome performer. It fits my hand well and I enjoy the course thumb ramp jimping on both models.

    So just go with your instinct. I'd say you would be happy with either one. :thumbup:
  3. powernoodle

    powernoodle Power Member

    Jul 21, 2004
    As I say ad nauseum, they call cut stuff. I have carried the whole Tenacious family over the years. For my purposes, even the lowly Ambitious is plenty of knife for urban EDC. So this won't help, but it really depends on which flavor you like the best. The Tenacious may be the "best" for general utility, but it really depends on what you need. I don't need much of a blade to open boxes and kill zip ties.

  4. DanR1


    Jan 9, 2017
    I want both... but like I said I can only buy one at the moment. So I think I'm going to buy the persistence first as I do beleive that it will fit my EDC needs. BUT I do like the look of the tenacious and also think I would put it to good use pretty often. And then of course I'm sure I'll end up buying the rest of the siblings just to have the entire set lol. This damn addiction 😲

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  5. CryoGuy5272


    Jan 2, 2015
    I prefer the Tenacious but I prefer a 3 1/2 in blade. Then I pair with a small knife like a Manbug or Ladybug. My ex had a Persistence and I felt it was too small in the hand and my hands are pretty small

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  6. DanR1


    Jan 9, 2017
    I don't necessarily have a problem with a 3+ inch blade.. I think I'd be fine with that. My worry though, considering that I live in a well populated metro area, is that It might "scare" someone out in public if they happen to see me pull it out to use for whatever reason. Idk, that probably sounds silly maybe nobody would even notice. But I feel that's why I tend to stick with shorter blades. Right now I carry the Cryo with a 2.75 blade. What do you think?

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  7. sixgunner455


    Feb 21, 2007
    For urban carry, I'd stick with a 3" or so blade, unless you're going to carry two knives. If you live somewhere that sub-3" is legally required, that's your Huckleberry. I carry my Tenacious outdoors, camping, hiking, range time, etc, or if I feel like it, but to work or church, I stick with a smaller knife.
  8. Gramps


    Nov 17, 2002
    I have both and tend to carry the Persistence more often...
  9. k.aknife


    Apr 6, 2020
    I want some new Spyderco (entry level). What would you suggest? Tenacious or Persistence? What is the main difference between these two?
  10. sgt1372

    sgt1372 Platinum Member Platinum Member

    Oct 16, 2018
    Size (3.39" vs 2.77") and street price ($51.10 vs $47.60). Steel type is irrelevant to me for use, just in terms of price.

    I own them both and, since i prefer knives w/larger blades, the more significant difference to me is mainly size.
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  11. Blade_Hunter


    Feb 23, 2020
    These two are my favorite "plain stainless steel" knives, by far, but in my dreams about S110v and Rex 45, they are on a Tenacious. ;)

    The slightly smaller Persistence is indeed more comfortable to carry, and especially those times when you just drop it in jacket pocket or something, but the Tenacious is the most perfectly sized pocket knife ever made. They are pretty close in size, actually.

    I also do not believe the Tenacious is enough larger that there is any serious "freak out" concern. Neither is intimidating, unless you are dealing with a nut. I would get the Tenacious first, and buy the Persistence later if you decide you want a smaller knife.

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  12. soc_monki

    soc_monki Basic Member Basic Member

    Apr 5, 2019
    Go tenacious. I have both and they're both great and fit my hand well, but I prefer the extra blade of the tenacious.

    If you're hankering for a huge blade, the Resilience can't be beat. One of the longest (if not the longest) blades on a spyderco folder! Not too bad in pocket either. It's a fun knife!
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  13. mitch13

    mitch13 Gold Member Gold Member

    Nov 3, 2004
    I have the tenacious, find it is a good size. I wouldn't mind trying the LW version.
  14. Boxer .45

    Boxer .45

    Jan 11, 2015
    Tenacious. Its an awesome knife based on value, specs and performance. I used one for several years in construction and it performed admirably. In fact despite being used hard I sold it and got quite a bit of my money back, and bought a new one.

    Now I have the Lightweight which I have to admit feels better in hand.

    Its not too big or too small, I think its perfect. If you think its too big I'd just go straight to a Dragonfly II.
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  15. FrannaM


    Jan 29, 2020
    I have the ambitious. I really like the design, solid beater, but the 8cr13mov made me promise myself I would never again buy a knife in that steel. I would rather spend a little more on a better blade steel.

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