Before this knife I have never owned a Spyderco before but I have heard nothing but good things about the company and their knives. I had the opportunity to buy one of these from a coworker recently for a great price and didn’t hesitate. I wanted to see if the reputation that Spyderco had really meant anything.
The Delica 4 is listed on the Spyderco website at $109.95 which is not exactly cheap as far as pocket folders go. Despite this you can find the knife for as low as $65 if you root around on the interwebs for a bit. The first thing you notice about this knife when you handle it is how lightweight it is. It weighs in at only 2.5 oz and you can tell.
It is so light that I often found myself forgetting that I had it. The Delica 4’s blade is relatively big compared to the handle with the overall length of the knife being 7.125″ and the blade comprising 2.875″. This provides an ample cutting edge for a variety of tasks and is a ideal length for an EDC knife. The steel used is VG-10, a form of stainless steel made in Japan that can acquire a wicked sharp cutting edge and retains the anti-corrosive qualities that stainless steel is known for. Despite reading about some issues sharpening this kind of steel, in my experience the blade takes an edge without much difficulty. The knife has a fiberglass reinforced nylon handle (FRN) which is comfortable in the hand and is not hard to grip. This material is also supposed to be very resilient although I did not put a beating to it to test it.
When put to work cutting the Delica 4 performs beautifully and light cutting tasks presented no issues to the blade. I like the steel that this knife uses is great and I like the way that it cuts but personally I actually wished that the knife had more weight to it. Don’t get me wrong the light weight of the Delica 4 doesn’t pose much of an issue during most day to day tasks but I would hesitate to make this my main go-to backpacking knife. It just feels cheap. Really it isn’t, and I know that these knives maintain a very good reputation for being quality cutting tools but it just feels like you could very easily break the thing. Again, I would be hesitant to put the knife through much wood working or other heavier duty buschcrafting tasks, but then again these aren’t really what the knife was designed for. The serrations make the Delica 4 well suited for cutting a variety of materials and this knife would be very much at home in a first responders kit where the ability to quickly cut through the nylon of a seat-belt might be of the utmost importance.
For an urban EDC knife the Spyderco Delica 4 is a great option. It doesn’t add any bulk and with the hole in the body of the blade, it is easy to open one-handed. Also the black on stainless that I have is inconspicuous with most outfits, including business attire. It has a good size blade in spite of its small size and I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend it to anybody seeking a EDC knife but personally it wouldn’t be my first choice since I like to have something a little bit more substantial.