The Spyderco Delica 4 is my top choice for the best folding every day carry (EDC) knife of 2016. The knife itself has been on the market for a while, but it is a huge improvement from the original Spyderco Delica that came out ages ago.
The Delica 4 has a ‘leaf blade’ which is essentially just a straight edge with a slight curve in it. What this does is makes the knife have excellent slicing capabilities, especially for its size. With VG-10 as the blade steel, rust spots on your blade will become a thing of the past. VG-10 is highly rust resistant and in my own testing of Spyderco’s VG-10 steel, the knife does not rust even when exposed directly to snow for extended periods of use. I left my Delica 4 out in the snow all night and took it out in the morning to find the blade looking exactly how I left it the night before.
While the handle is made from FRN, it is quite comfortable. Even for the handles being flat, the knife handle has excellent ergonomics. The handle is nice and grippy which works great for those times your hands get sweaty. The handle allows you to put a lot of cutting force into whatever you are cutting.
The Spyderco Delica 4 uses a lock back design to hold the knife into place. This means that you need to depress the lock on the back of the blade in order to disengage the lock and fold the knife back into the handle.
The knife hair-splitting sharp out of the box. Spyderco has always been a great company when it comes to making a quality product that comes out of the box ready to use. The blade also came extremely well centered. The Spyderco Delica 4 is my pick for the best EDC folding knife of 2016.
|Knife Model||Price||Blade Steel||Average Amazon Rating|
|SOG Flash 2||$$||AUS-8||4.5/5|
|Spyderco Paramilitary 2||$$$||CPM-S30V||5/5|
|Kershaw Blur||$$||Sandvik 14C28N||5/5|
The Paramilitary 2 is one of Spyderco’s best selling knives. In fact, the Paramilitary 2 has sold so well for Spyderco that they started manufacturing the model in multiple blade colors, handle colors, and blade steels. The Paramilitary 2 has a 3.44 inch blade and the most popular version of the knife is sold with S30V stainless steel. However, the knife is also made in S110V and S35VN for the specialized versions. The most popular version has a G10 handle. One really cool thing about the Paramilitary 2 is the locking mechanism. Spyderco calls it a Compression Lock. Essentially, it is a liner lock that is located on the top of the knife. While I personally prefer the Delica 4, many consider the Paramilitary 2 to be the best EDC folding knife ever made. The handle is 4.81 inches long, which allows for a full grip, and also allows you to choke up on the knife due to the the small quarter-circle indent near the start of the blade. Even the weight on this blade is superb for its large size, weighing in at 3.75 oz. there are plenty of reasons why the Spyderco Paramilitary 2 is popular among the knife community.
Another Spyderco best-seller that has made its way up the ranks in the knife community. The Tenacious is now a well known, high quality, Chinese produced knife by Spyderco. Rumored to be manufactured in the same plant that makes Sanrenmu knives, the Tenacious has incredible tolerances for such a low price. This knife is readily available for under $50 and as long as it remains under that price, it is a deal. While it may not have the extreme quality standards of American produced Spyderco blades, the quality is outstanding for a Chinese produced knife. The Tenacious has a 3.75 inch blade, putting it perfectly into the medium sized folding knife category. The main downside to the Tenacious is the blade steel. The blade steel is 8Cr13MoV, which is a budget steel. The steel is soft and will need touch ups every now and then. The liner lock is close to perfect, every single Tenacious that I have had pass through my hands has never had any blade play at all. Overall, the Tenacious is quite impressive, especially for the price.
The Spyderco Delica 4 in my personal opinion is the best EDC folding knife that you can buy for the money. I especially like the fact that Spyderco made many different handle colors. In fact, I actually like every single color of the Delica 4 that they produce. My favorite color is the brown shown in the picture below. The picture actually doesn’t do the knife much justice, it looks much better in hand then most of the photos I’ve seen of it. I also own the green version of the Delica 4, which looks very nice as well. Another great feature is the pocket clip. For this knife, it doesn’t matter if you are left or right handed, the pocket clip is a 4-way clip. This means that you can position the clip to be tip-up or tip-down on either the left or right side. Personally, I put a zip tie in the opening hole and position the clip to allow for tip-up right-hand carry. The zip tie allows me to wave-open this knife. To see a tutorial on how to do this, click here. The FRN handle has a bi-directional texture that allows for quite a decent grip. I was surprised at how well I could grip this knife, especially considering that it made out of FRN. I am usually not a huge fan of FRN handles, but something about Spyderco’s bi-directional texturing makes it both very comfortable and very grippy even when my hands are sweaty. I’ve bought three Spyderco Delica 4’s myself and I still own all three because I like them so much. If you are on the fence about purchasing the Delica 4, I would suggest going ahead and taking the plunge.