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The best civilized yet capable EDC: The Delica

Discussion in 'Spyderco' started by mael333ca, Mar 4, 2016.

  1. GB940Rookie


    Apr 19, 2016
    I bought my wife a foliage G10 version and regret not getting one for myself. My two daughters have FRN versions, one is white and I think the other is blue. They love them.
  2. Officer's Match

    Officer's Match Gold Member Gold Member

    Jan 23, 2013
    I truly love that knife. Been carrying the Slysz Bowie since it's arrival and subsequent session on the edgepro, but that super slender Delica is awesome.
  3. knifeneasy


    Aug 30, 2015
    Same here. Three weeks solid in the pocket. It's making me reevaluate what I own - my three Delicas I believe will make the cut though.
  4. harronek


    Nov 29, 2013
    I sharpened up my Delica ZDP189 yesterday and after I'd finished decided to try out a sharpness test that my good friend Gary Graley does occasionally .
    I tried a push cut on the corner of a book .
    This test is harder than it sounds and it demands a good bevel and extreme sharpness
    In this test you just push straight down , no slicing or sawing , just a straight down push in one movement .
    I did use my other hand on top of the blade to give it some force .
    As you can see from the pic I didn't quite get the straight down part right because it cut at an angle , but you get the idea . :)


    After this test the part of the blade used still popped hairs off my arm , so I'm happy .
    Delica's rule .

  5. Gary W. Graley

    Gary W. Graley “Imagination is more important than knowledge" Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Mar 2, 1999
    Nice Ken, you're getting quite a stable of Delicas there!
    My very first Spyderco was a Delica I bought right from Mr G himself at the Ashokan Seminar...many many moons ago! And boy was that sharp!!!
  6. harronek


    Nov 29, 2013
    Gary it's always good to go back to your roots , maybe your drawer needs another Delica ? :)
    Now I've sown the seed all you have to do is water the garden .


    PS- that book cutting test is a " Test" it really shows you how your sharpening skills are progressing .
  7. jacktrades_nbk


    Feb 7, 2007
    Delica remained my favorite modern folder. No question about that :D
  8. mael333ca


    Jul 5, 2012
    oh man oh man, I've been trying to resist getting the Ti delica, but I may just surrender now and give in lol
  9. Creaky Cactus

    Creaky Cactus

    Aug 5, 2012
    Like all of you. Love this knife. It is my EDC and it wore a perfect Delica shape into my jeans. (I guess a good reason to rotate knives)

    Thin packaging
    Light weight
    Nice steel (VG10 + sprints)
    Long enough to do real work (feel longer than it actually is)
    Short enough (sub 3) to not panic folks
    Modern one hand opening
    Excellent lock up
    Grippy (lightweight) FRN
    Thumb ramp

    Only two things that I would want for D5.

    I'd like a ricasso/ramp like the DF2. I love the way that either open or closed the blade meets the handle cleanly, and I like the finger choil.

    Pointier tip.
  10. IcetoSeeYou


    Jul 18, 2013
    I don't see the appeal, but then again anything shorter than a 3.5" blade seems like a sissy knife to me. It's like carrying a .22 for your concealed.

    My vote is for the Endura.
  11. mael333ca


    Jul 5, 2012
    at first I was stocked on carrying a full size folder. But then one day, on the news, a bus driver for Canada's capital got fired for carrying a Pocket knife on his belt. the shocking part was that his union would not even consider defending him because ''his lay off was an obvious measure in the circumstances'' like it was so socially unacceptable that...well that was that!...

    That got me nervous a bit, then I thought about the other parents while waiting at my son's jujitsu classes and I thought, If I carry on my person a large knife, one that would make them quite uncomfortable, that would not be respectful on my part. especially so when I can easily carry on smaller folder that would suit any EDC needs. I find more and more that my G10 Manbug is an awesome EDC :)
  12. skwurll


    Oct 12, 2008
    It depends on whether your buying a knife to cut things or buying a knife for vanity reasons. I guess we all have different reasons for carrying a knife. Some are new to me. I carry a 22 for CCW all the time. IMO it's all you actually need.
  13. SaintZe


    Dec 20, 2013
    There's something a wee bit off with your logic. The purpose of a knife is not inherently self-defense. A larger knife doesn't have more "stopping power", nor is it inherently more reliable by value of blade length. And I'm not even touching the debate over tool vs weapon.
  14. jstrange


    Mar 31, 2012
    Just got my first Delica in the mail today and I am loving the size thus far. Not too big and not too small. I have had several Enduras, but I don't ever wind up keeping them. I have no reservations about carrying as large a folder as I want, I have just found I really don't need one larger than a Delica and so its just wasted space and weight.
  15. average gimp

    average gimp

    Jun 5, 2009
    Forgive my ignorance, but where did you get the clips? They're excellently designed.
  16. sparky2016


    Sep 23, 2015
    You know what they say. If you have big enough balls, you don't need a big knife.
  17. Riley12


    Jun 26, 2013
    I can carry a delica cause I have a 9mm for defense.
  18. DocT


    Mar 25, 2012
    If I had to rescue one knife from a house fire it would be a Delica.
  19. vilePossum


    Jan 14, 2015
    Check here for example
    Endura deep pocket clip

    Personally I find myself carrying smaller more and more. They suffice for edc tasks and I have yet to come across a situation where that cm or two would have made a discernible difference. Your mileage might vary of course.
  20. mael333ca


    Jul 5, 2012
    like this? :D

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