The Endura Thread

Discussion in 'Spyderco' started by 91bravo, Oct 5, 2019.

  1. sliceofaloha

    sliceofaloha Gold Member Gold Member

    Oct 4, 2018
    I have the zdp 189 and like it a lot. It’s backlock is steadier than my Police 4 which has developed some rock.

    I’d like to see the Spyderco clip point as an option to the Endura’s normal drop. P4 blade shape on the Endura.
  2. FK

    FK Gold Member Gold Member

    Sep 15, 1999
    My collection of Endura/Delica knives go back to the mid 1990's,,,none have blade rock.

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  3. jacksterp

    jacksterp Basic Member Basic Member

    Jun 3, 2011
    Sorry for the other knives - only pic I have at present.

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  4. blades&wrenches

    blades&wrenches Gold Member Gold Member

    Jan 11, 2014
    I used to find the Endura a little big, but lately I’ve really been enjoying this one! May have to pick up another!
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  5. MolokaiRider

    MolokaiRider Gold Member Gold Member

    Sep 13, 2017
    I’ve gifted this model more than any other to friends and family. I miss the old pricing, but it’s still a quality knife and very good cutting tool!

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  6. sgt1372

    sgt1372 Platinum Member Platinum Member

    Oct 16, 2018
    A pair of black Gen 1 VG10 Endura clip-its (the model w/the molded plastic clips built into the FRN scale) w/a PS and S blade that I bought in the 90's were 2 of the 1st Spydercos that I ever owned.

    The others were a PE Spydercard (sold) and a black FRN Merlin hawkbill (that I still own). Yes, I know. An odd assortment of Spyders to start off with.

    Found a Gen 1 VG10 PE version and now have a matched black 3 knife Gen 1 Endura VG10 FRN clip it set. Ended up w/an extra PE version that was resharpened by Spyderco that I can use as an EDC, which got replaced when I found a better one 4sale on EB. So, I've actually got 4 of these knives.

    These vintage Enduras along w/a set of Gen 2 S/S Police (PE, PS & S), black micarta Calypsos (PE & S), black LW FRN Goddards (P & PS) and micarta Smiths (P & S) are among the favorite "vintage" knives in my collection.

    Here are the Enduras. The top one is the one that I use as an EDC that was sharpened (it's 1/16th inch shorter as a result) and its markings do not exactly match the others either.

    Last edited: Nov 6, 2019
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  7. whp


    Apr 26, 2009
    My current Endura and Stretch both developed lock rock after only moderate use. My old Endura with a spear point never developed lock rock after several years of outdoor use. The current flat ground Endura is still functional, but with the lock rock it just doesn t feel as high quality as my old one. I don t carry it much anymore. Same with the Stretch.
  8. Wowbagger

    Wowbagger Basic Member Basic Member

    Sep 20, 2015
    Funny how that is . . . for a while a Case Trapper felt like a "big knife" then the Endura did . After carrying the Military and the Police the Endura starts to seem like a "nice little knife" :)

    Some times the Endura likes a little company though; especially the ZDP-189 which doesn't like wire ties (can chip). Hence the nippers ( I use the nippers all day long at work / this isn't my sunday go to meeting rig).
  9. oxman198


    Jun 17, 2013
    Maybe its a coincidence but I have had a couple FFG enduras and all of them developed vertical play after minimal use as well. I sold both of them. Right now I have two saber ground Enduras and a pacific Salt, all three have been used extensively and none have any play at all. The pac salt is probably the best lock up of all, I cant even wrench any play in it. Im a little nervous about my P4 LW developing play because if I hold it near the tip and check it I get a little click and some movement. I hope not, I pretty much never carry a blade again after it develops vertical play.

    But anyway I do love the Endura!
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  10. redhawk44357


    Jun 1, 2002
    Amen, bro.
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  11. South paw draw

    South paw draw Yep.....I'm a idiot. Platinum Member

    Sep 23, 2019
    I was thinking the endura would be a bit to big for me. I like the delica. And my best friend liked my delica so much he had me hunt him out a endura here on the forums. ( because he wants a larger knife for yard work). I scored him one the other day. Now I'm thinking I may have prejudged the endura so as he has been in posession on my delica now for over 3 weeks I'm gonna keep his endura when I shows up for a week and see if I like it. And might have to find me one of my own. I do like the platform.
  12. sharp_edge

    sharp_edge Gold Member Gold Member

    Jul 30, 2015
    All you need to do is EDC a Police 4 for a while. After that I guarrantee you will no longer feel any spyderco being too big.
  13. South paw draw

    South paw draw Yep.....I'm a idiot. Platinum Member

    Sep 23, 2019
    I'll edc the endura for a week before I give it over. But to be honest I'm afraid to. If it's all of what I've been told I'll be looking for one in zdp189 for myself. And I don't have time for that right now. Still have 2 more CRK to pick up before I add anymore new knives to the list.
  14. Officer's Match

    Officer's Match Gold Member Gold Member

    Jan 23, 2013
    This one found it's way into my pocket today. Perfectly centered, and drops unlocked perfectly - excellent specimen this little sprint.




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  15. rustyspike


    Jan 17, 2016
    My first nice folder is a Endura. Used it a good amount. Sent it back to Spider Co to get re sharpened. They don't charge. Has a nice factory edge now. :)

    Rich K.

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