Delica or Native III as a food knife?

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Delica or Native III as a food knife?

Postby GarageBoy » Mon Nov 22, 2004 10:16 pm

This will be used to cut steaks, various meats, etc. Which one is better?

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Postby GarageBoy » Mon Nov 22, 2004 10:22 pm

Either way, I'll be getting Serrated

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Postby spyderknut » Mon Nov 22, 2004 10:59 pm

IMO I think either of your choices are too small for food use and I don't understand why you have narrowed your choice down to these two folders. Fixed blade knives are easier to clean and maintain for food use and less likely to harbor bacteria (harder for the critters to hide). You don't say whether you plan food prep or strictly table use. Does it need to be portable? Do you want serrated for lower maintainance sharpness or for some other specific reason.
Other choices that come to my mind include 4" Utility, Vagabond, Temperance, Stretch, Endura, Police, Pacific. Of these, Endura, Vagabond and Utility are well within the price range of your choices.
If it is either Native or Delica, I'd go with the Delica.

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Postby Jimmy_Dean » Mon Nov 22, 2004 11:03 pm

if you have one serrated and the other is not, obviously pick the serrated, whichever it is. If you really have to choose, I'd say Delica. It feels more comfortable in the hand if you have to peel potatoes and such...more versatile as a food knife I think

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Postby severedthumbs » Mon Nov 22, 2004 11:06 pm

I say go with plain edge. I think it cuts a whole hell of alot better.

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Postby Mr Blonde » Tue Nov 23, 2004 2:51 am

I'd pick the delica for a table steak knife. It's a bit slimmer and a IMO a tad better blade geometry for slicing steaks. Don't get a serrated edge just because all steak knives are serrated. :spyder: knows how to make a blade that cuts well withouth teeth. If you have a sharpmaker, then by all means get the plain edge. It's more fun cutting with a PE that you can sharpen too, while your friends around the table are sawing with their serrated steak knives! :D

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Postby JDEE » Tue Nov 23, 2004 12:16 pm

I'd use the Delica, and have, but only on a wooden surface. I would never use my Spydies on any other surface. The edge won't last long, regardless of how good Spydies are, if you use them on "china".
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Probably the Delica.

Postby Ray.Hood » Tue Nov 23, 2004 12:24 pm

I don't know a whole heck of a lot about the Native. Just what i've seen
here, picture wise. The Delica is smaller, good blade geometry and easier to handle in a tight spot.

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Postby charlie » Tue Nov 23, 2004 1:48 pm

I agree with SPYDERKNUT, use a fixed blade for sanitary reasons.
Take a look at the Vagabond FB12 for steak knife type applications. not expensive either
The Spyderco Vagabond is designed for the wanderer. If you backpack, camp or picnic, chances are you've at some point needed a lightweight fixed-blade. The strong point of a fixed-blade knife is that they are manufactured from a single piece of steel with no folding parts to fail or break- ideal for use outdoors. A fixed-blade's weak point is they require a separate carry sheath for safe transport. The Vagabond's unique plastic sheath is made from part of the underside of the handle. A plastic cover pivots out/upward, snapping-over and safely covering the cutting edge eliminating the need for a bulky carrying sheath.
If the steak knife in a resturant was dull I have been known to use my EDC spyderco's to get the job done ( Native, Bob Lumb Chinese Folder, etc). :)
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Postby talonturbo » Tue Nov 23, 2004 1:58 pm

I've used a PE Native before as a food knife and I think it would be better than a Delica. I now use a SE Calypso jr and it's awesome for food.

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Postby GarageBoy » Tue Nov 23, 2004 2:09 pm

I'd rather have a separate sheath for a Fixed blade. I want serrated because I don't want to worry too much about dulling from the edge hitting the plate

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Postby Jimd » Tue Nov 23, 2004 2:29 pm

Personally, I'd go with the Native. In fact, I have gone with the Native! :)
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Postby severedthumbs » Tue Nov 23, 2004 3:21 pm

If you go with folder, clean it very well and then oil it with a bit of Olive Oil.

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Postby GarageBoy » Tue Nov 23, 2004 6:42 pm

Are there any small fixed blades with like the Vagabond seperate sheath?

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Postby CKE » Wed Nov 24, 2004 11:52 am

Be careful with olive oil to lube as it will go rancid. Had my SS Police lubed with cooking oil and it turned into a mess. A small amount of White Lightning or Miltec should not affect food you are using. Just a heads up...I'd say go Delica over Native :)
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