Spyderco Delica 4
On the hunt for a good folding knife? Well, we decided to go right into researching one that has a lot of fans already from a company most knife owners likely know, Spyderco. The line we chose to look at today is the Delica, and more specifically the Delica 4 folding knife flat ground Spyderco edge knife. While it is a mouth full to say, there are several versions of this blade produced by this company. There are one or two slight differences between each, but for the most part, the difference is in the color, not the design. Rather than go into that right away, though, we wanted to show you what the original version looked like and tell you what you can expect with its base design- after all, if a knife isn’t good at its base, it isn’t likely to get better just by changing its appearance.
So, is this a good knife by design? From the way customers talk about it, yes! Any product we bring to your attention has to have something worth discussing after all, and we feel this one does. It looks good, the company is one many like and trust, and depending on the version it has a decent price. The fact it spikes high ratings wherever you look also has our curiosity going wild. After all, we know ratings may not be entirely reliable, but when you have more than a couple of thousand buyers overall and you still have a high opinion from the majority of them, there has to be something worth looking at and buying. As with any product, however, you have to make sure when you purchase it that the seller is also noteworthy in a good way (or just make sure it’s the actual company- as that is the best way) because with a company that has such a high review rating you are bound to have scammers selling much lower quality gear under the claim they are selling actual Spyderco gear. As long as you make sure, though, you should get a tool that our review is actually covering.
Without further rambling on the overview, let us check out what this knife has to offer, and whether it is the one missing in your inventory.
- 3 different types of steel grades
- Several handle colors
- Reputable company
- Great belt clip
- Easy open
- Good locking mechanism
- Somewhat of a larger pocket knife
- A little pricey for its build
The full stainless-steel version (blade and handle) is beautiful and has a good shine to it, unfortunately, while it doesn’t ding or bend easily, it does tend to scratch up easily. It is true Japanese VG-10 blade which also means it doesn’t rust easily, but the catch is that it wears out in how sharp it is and is very difficult to get back to that edge. It sells for right around $140 in this variant which is a bit pricey.
Another style of metal you can get this blade in is ZDP-189, which is better quality steel in that it can hold its edge longer and in some regards., it performs better, but it isn’t as rust resistant. It doesn’t require sharpening as often, but it can be sharpened to a much thinner and sharper edge, which makes it a higher level of steel than the original stainless steel which is a VG-10. This blade will run you about $160 but may be worth the upgrade in the end.
The other type of steel is known as ‘Super Blue’. This type is extremely sharp and does not wear out very easily. It is one of the most recognizable steels in Japanese knives because they are both easy to sharpen and can take the sharpest edge without wearing down. It is incredibly hard to damage as well, which has earned it the ‘super’ end of its name while it’s ‘blue comes from the slightly blue tint of the steel. Not surprisingly, this is the hardest version to find, and also the most costly- running about $300 per knife.
The color of your handle can also boost the price slightly in some cases, but if you must have a match to your sense of fashion, the number of colors can be a surprisingly good thing. The colors offered (respectively listed in order of lowest cost to highest) are gray, blue, purple, black, green, zome green, brown and orange. The variance in price is about 25 dollars overall, with $2 to $10 jumps. There is even a fully stainless-steel version which has a smooth handle rather than the rougher version for a few dollars more than the orange blade costs, so if you don’t like the rough-textured handle of the others, this may be a better choice.
-Great durability for each material type