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Review: Spyderco Delica 4-High Quality EDC Knife

Updated: Apr 3, 2021

Today we're going to be reviewing what has been one of my favorite knives that has stood the test of time. The Spyderco Delica 4. Now you can tell from the first sentence that I am a fan of this product, but since this is a new site, I decided to be sure to touch on some of my favorite products, even though they might not be "new". The Delica has been around in one form or another for many many years. I first got mine in 2014, and carry the same one to this day on a fairly regular basis.

The blade is the typical wide shape of many Spyderco models, and features their signature "Spyderhole" which makes opening a breeze, even if you're wearing gloves. It is also secured in the open position with a rock-solid lockback design. Not the easiest to close one-handed, but that secure lockup more than makes up for this minor inconvenience.

The handle on this standard model (there are some variations out there) is made of a fiberglass reinforced nylon material with a very rugged texture to help you keep your grip. The shallow finger grooves also make it a pleasure to hold. This combined with the jimping on the back of the blade ensures that this knife will be secure in your in your hand no matter what conditions you use it in.

I find that the Delica 4 punches above it's weight class. It is capable of handling much tougher tasks than other knives of similar blade length thanks to its broad blade and secure grip features. It tears through just about whatever you can come across in a regular day (even some pretty thick ropes I've had to cut through), and the VG-10 blade, while not a super premium knife steel, holds an edge nicely and sharpens very easily. I have also never noticed any blade play, even after years of hard use, which is really a testament to the quality of Spyderco construction.

One complaint I do have is the pocket clip. For whatever reason mediocre clips are a bit of a pet peeve of mine, especially when present on otherwise great products. It does not allow for the knife to carry as deep in the pocket as I would like, so a bit of it will be protruding from your pocket. This has never really been an issue for me as far as performance goes though. It has never fallen out or been uncomfortable to carry or anything like that. It does allow for repositioning at least, for your left-handed/right-handed/tip-up/tip-down preferences.

Overall, if you're looking for a rugged pocket knife that is still easy to carry, you really can't go wrong with the Spyderco Delica 4. It is also a little more affordable than many of the more premium brands out there, currently going for around $80 on Amazon (link below if you're interested). I have given more than a few of these as gifts over the years, and have always received positive feedback. This is a great item to have in the collection.

Rating: 8.5/10

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