wendysman8888 wrote:Are the made in USA knives that much better than say the Tenacious or any of those?
All Spyderco knives are high quality. The Manix2 is a great knife and made in Colorado. However the Bradley Folder is also an outstanding knife but it is made in Taiwan. IMO the knives made at the Taiwan factory are just as good as any. The fit and finish attention to detail is supurb. The Tenacious is what they call a value folder. There are 4 of those I think. My son has a Tenacious and it is a great knife. The main thing that makes it a value folder is the blade steel which is 3Cr13MoV. This steel doesn't hold an edge as well as some of the others Spyderco uses but still it is a very good steel. There are some people who prefer a steel like this because it can be easier to sharpen. VG0-10 is also easy to sharpen but holds an edge a bit longer. S30V is one of my personal favorites. A big difference in the Spyderco company than most is the wide variety of blade steels they use.
If you were thinking you wanted a knife from the Colorado factory thinking it is better than the knives that come from the other factories I recommend you drop that requirement. If you want a knife made in America because you want your money to go to a factory that employes Americans that's a different story. But the knives made in Japan and Taiwan factories are top shelf IMO.
The Delica is about as perfect an EDC knife you'll find I think. Another series is the Sage series. The Sage is basically the same model with the main difference is the lock. Dragonfly2 knives are great also for a bit smaller knife.
I decided to get a good knife about 6 years ago and ended up buying 30 to 50 knives most being Spyderco. I don't have most of them any more because if I had a knife that I didn't carry much I'd sell or trade it for something else to try. Now I have 8 or 10 that I really like and I use them all. The most important thing to me deciding to get a "good" knife compared to the pocket knives I've had all my life was wanting a knife that would stay sharp longer. What do you use your pocket knife for mostly? Do you work in an office or are you a lumberjack? Knowing what you will be doing with a pocket knife makes it much easier to make recommendations. The Stretch really a great EDC knife and you can choose either VG-10 or ZDP-189 balde steel. VG-10 is great. ZDP-189 is great also and holds an edge longer but it takes longer to sharpen and if you haven't been sharpening knives a long time or if you are less than average in sharpening skill it can be hard to sharpen. Anyway, the persistance or tenacious is a great choice but a Delica or Stretch is a bit better knife IMO. Both of those come in VG-10 and ZDP-189.
It's easy to take a simple thing like buying a knife and making it a fairly hard decision. It's different for everyone. But since you are willing to spend $60 on a knife I think you want a good one. But, if you only want one you may want to up the price goal to $100. If you do that and not worry about which factory the knife is made your options will really open up. All the factories, no matter where they are still need to meet the high quality demands of the people at Spyderco.
Good luck with your deciding.