Thedwarf wrote:I have been looking around to add to my growing collection of knives. Spyderco came to me by word of mouth, which to is the best way to find a great product. What I am having a problem with is the type of knife and the metal used. Does anyone have a recommendation to a good beginning knife from Spyderco? I would like to keep it the price around $60.00 for starters.
First question I thought of is are you going to carry the knife or have it in a collection. The Delica is definately one for the collection. IMO it "sets the standard" for Spyderco or knives in general. Personal preference can take you in other directions from there as far as EDC (smaller, bigger, handle shape, etc.). If you will carry and use the knife your needs will dictate what you buy. But, the Delica is a great place to start for collection or use.
So, get a Delica. With the model you have a choice of blade steel and handle color. If you want to carry it and if you want smaller? Dragonfly2. If you want bigger? Stretch. You may need to add a couple bucks for the Stretch but if you want a little extra blade lenght and a GREAT feeling handle it's hard to beat a Stretch. Choice of blade steel also available with the Stretch but more bucks for ZDP-189. Actually, you can get VG-10 or ZDP-189 on all of these models as well as H1 on the D'fly.
Picking the knife is not as easy as some people may think. Sometimes I haven't known which one I'm going to buy until about 45 seconds before placing the order.
Until then there may be a few on the possibility list.
Whatever you decide will make you happy I bet.