Endura Every Day for a Year.

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Endura Every Day for a Year.

Postby Noah » Mon Sep 22, 2014 2:25 pm

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In September of 2013, I was 18 years old and in my senior year of high school, and I had been working at the local grocery store as a cashier and customer service supervisor for almost 2 years. I had also been carrying knives daily for 2 or 3 years. Like many a young knife knut, I started with a SAK from my father, but quickly discovered things like pocket clips, locks, and thumbstuds. I tried every folder I could get my hands on, some terrible, some decent, some good, some $10, some $60. I rarely carried the same knife for over a month before itching to try something new. But then I traded a knife for a Spyderco Endura, a rather unique one, with a combo edge VG-10 blade and the green scales of a ZDP-189 Spydie. I'd never owned a knife like this, with the thumbhole, the perfect clip, slim and strong, sharp and corrosion resistant, all in one. I posted about my first Spydie on this forum, and was thrilled and impressed when Mr. Sal himself thanked me for enjoying his creation! I made great use of the knife for a few months, but grew to dislike the combo edge for most of my EDC tasks. Eventually, I traded the knife for a different one, not a Spydie, in a plain edge. After a month or two with that knife, I was missing the quality and the functionality of my Spyderco. I got a Tenacious, and I really took the time to get to know the knife, to master the manual thumbhole deployment and tip up carry that I now adhere to religiously. I carried this knife all summer, selling or giving away most of my other knives which no longer appealed to me. Which brings me back to last September.

I decided I finally knew what I wanted in my knife after experimenting with so many knives, carrying and using, then selling or trading them. I decided I was going to get a nice knife that had everything I had learned I liked, and I was going to stick with it. I wanted a Spyderco. The useful designs, my experiences on this forum, the sharp, flat ground blades, comfortable and functional designs, the Spydie hole...

On September 21, 2013, my Spyderco Endura FFG in bright blue finally arrived :D The quality, comfort, secure deployment, and color of my first FrankEndura combined with the flat ground blade of my Tenacious. It was love at first sight. :o So much so that I was staring so intently at my new Spydie while opening a package, that I didn't see the dogs barreling towards the door to bark at a passing car, running right into me in the process! I looked down after recovering from the furry tackle to see my brand new blue Endura stuck in my thigh to the bone, with blood squirting out like a water pistol! It was a rocky start, but I knew it wasn't the knife's fault. Over two months of crutches, stitches, and lots of PT later, things were back to normal and my Endura was happily home in my pocket, every single day, working hard- especially at the grocery store.

My Endura has been a good companion all year, opening hundreds and hundreds of boxes, cutting the zip ties off of new reading glasses for elderly customers, slicing apples so I could dip them in peanut butter, making my giant crossbow for physics class, and even saving the day on my cousin's fourth birthday, slicing his cake and opening all of his new toys still stuck in their bomb proof packaging. Been on dozens of hikes and camping trips, rifle matches and Appleseed shoots, many a kayaking adventure, and seen at least a dozen States. Every time I needed a cutting tool, my Endura was always riding in my pocket, out and open in my hand the moment my brain told it to be. 1 year of truly every day carry later, having only been sharpened once a month or so, and only ever oiled twice, she still locks up perfectly, has not a speck of corrosion, and I still can't help but slip it out of my pocket and admire the smooth, familiar action, the grippy blue handles that become a part of my hand, and that white satin VG-10 blade that can still shave hairs or cut receipt tape.

After a year of solid use, I can not recommend this well crafted tool enough. My Spyderco Endura has absolutely never let me down, never failed to do a task, never broken, chipped, rusted, or even once made me regret buying it. Thanks Sal and the Spyderco crew. :spyder:

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Today, 9/22/14, after exactly 365 days of faithful daily use, my Endura is taking a back up spot to my brand new Paramilitary II, which, even after a day, I absolutely love. I have no doubt it will serve me just as well, and it fits the blade length guidelines of my University a little more closely ;) But my Endura will still be with me in part- the worn, scratched and beaten black clip is on my Para 2, part out of sentimental value, and part out of my preference for black pocket clips. Since I wrote this dramatic write up, you should go do yourselves a favor and pick up an Endura if you are looking for a good knife. It won't let you down.

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Re: Endura Every Day for a Year.

Postby Doc Dan » Mon Sep 22, 2014 4:03 pm

Well, don't stab yourself in the leg with your PM2 :D

You picked two great knives and you can spend a lot more money and not find better.

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Re: Endura Every Day for a Year.

Postby 3rdGenRigger » Mon Sep 22, 2014 4:56 pm

Great story...thanks for sharing it! I EDC'd a FRN Native from when I was 16 to about 3 or so years ago (Close to 7 years) and it still finds its way into my rotation, though I now have a plethora of Spydercos to choose from at the start of the day...it definitely becomes an addiction. The Endura is a great knife (I'm holding out for the Ti-Damascus version to match my Delica), but I have a Tenacious and 2 PM2's and they're all exceptional. The PM2 specifically is in my 5 all time favourite knives, and I think is the best value for money of any knife on the market today from any manufacturer.

Edit: Hate to do it, but regarding your PM2, Pics or it didn't happen ;)
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Re: Endura Every Day for a Year.

Postby Rob Sanford » Mon Sep 22, 2014 5:13 pm

The pic with the Glock 36 is the best!

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Re: Endura Every Day for a Year.

Postby Noah » Mon Sep 22, 2014 6:16 pm

That's a quick pic I took at my desk when I was home for the weekend a bit ago- Endura, the wooden trainer I made, my last homemade Lego model, and my Glock 30 Gen 4 haha.

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Re: Endura Every Day for a Year.

Postby .357 mag » Mon Sep 22, 2014 6:21 pm

Love the Endura! 3 years ago I purchased a blue one as well. Carried it for a year then gave it to a friend which he still carries everyday. Today I received a orange Endura in the mail from the trade. All I can say is... I'm keeping this one!

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Re: Endura Every Day for a Year.

Postby opusxpn » Mon Sep 22, 2014 7:16 pm

Good story, did not like the stabbing part but its all well now I see. I also have a soft spot for the Endura and it is dear to my heart. Even if I don't carry one everyday because of all the other great designs it will always be my first love and first spyderco. I got 9 that should tell you something.
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Re: Endura Every Day for a Year.

Postby Waco » Mon Sep 22, 2014 7:25 pm

I think the Endura is Spyderco's best knife.

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Re: Endura Every Day for a Year.

Postby PayneTrain » Mon Sep 22, 2014 7:50 pm

Thanks for sharing your tale! That is a great recap and a real heavyweight testimony to the Endura. You sound like a busy man, and for a knife to stick with you (...and in you!) for that long it has to be good. I'm sure Sal would be honored.

Seriously, I got scared at the furry accident part. Glad you healed up!

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Re: Endura Every Day for a Year.

Postby SpyderNut » Mon Sep 22, 2014 8:22 pm

Awesome story, Noah! Thank you for sharing it with us. Hope your leg is on the mend too.

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Re: Endura Every Day for a Year.

Postby chasehood » Mon Sep 22, 2014 11:13 pm

Woah this really makes me want to change my mind about this knife. I sadly I cannot bring myself to carry any blade with those scales. But obviously my opinion is wrong according to the many testimonials by others. I'm also surprised that your university aloes knives at all. There is a sign at my school that says no knives...so I carry three. One on my person and two into bag.

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Re: Endura Every Day for a Year.

Postby HarleyXJGuy » Tue Sep 23, 2014 3:20 am

Great story and a excellent knife.

Seeing how you had such good luck with the last knife you stuck in your leg it seems only fitting you stick the PM 2 in your other leg. Only way to be sure.
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Re: Endura Every Day for a Year.

Postby StangBang » Tue Sep 23, 2014 9:53 am

Love it. Great story and cudos for having the discipline to carry it every day. I can never stick with it lol. Congrats on the PM2. Excellent next step!

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Re: Endura Every Day for a Year.

Postby spyderHS08 » Tue Sep 23, 2014 12:37 pm

Great story bro!! That definitely tops most of our spyder bite stories! Love the choices of endura and pm2. Also FYI the clip on the para will not wear near as bad as the endura because they have a different finish and they handle scratches and edc use quite a bit better. And I especially liked your story because I got my first "nice" spyderco when I was working at a grocery store in highschool. It was an all black para 1. And let me tell you I put it through the paces there. I found stuff to cut lol. Loved that knife!

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Re: Endura Every Day for a Year.

Postby Noah » Tue Sep 23, 2014 1:36 pm

I actually switched the clips on the two knives and put the worn black one on the PM2 and the satin on my Endura. I like the worn look and I prefer black clips, they blend with my jeans well for the occasional times I don't want a shiny clip showing off my knife, such as when I go into down town Cincinnati.

My Endura served me very well at the grocery store and saw good use every day, opening and removing the extra cardboard sides from 8+ boxes every day, cutting apples, cutting tape and zip ties, you name it, it's done it haha.

I actually love Spyderco's FRN handles. I love the blue/bright colors (helps customers not be freaked out by the otherwise somewhat large blade and fast opening, and it just has personality to it), they're extremely grippy, even in wet and slimy conditions (been there), but, unlike certain non-Spydie handles, the flat spot with the Spyderco logo right under the clip prevents all pants wear and gives a smooth draw even when the clip is tight enough to also give good retention. Some of those not-Spydie knives I used to own had remarkably rough texture right under the tight clip that would not only make it difficult to draw the knife and return it to my pocket, but also shredded my pants in a matter of days. The perfect placement of the Spydie logo in the center of the texture pattern that gives that smooth spot for the clip in tip down or tip up carry is just another feature of the knife that shows the remarkable thought and care put into Spydies that makes us appreciate them so much.


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Re: Endura Every Day for a Year.

Postby spyderHS08 » Tue Sep 23, 2014 1:40 pm

Oh my fault I didn't realize it was a satin clip. I feel u there I hate shiny clips!! Lol they do make a black para2 clip But I forgot it comes only on the black bladed models and this clip is the one with the more durable black coating than the endura. May look into it so you can have black clips on both. Call the spyderco factory outlet and you can order a black para 2 clip for a few bucks.

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Re: Endura Every Day for a Year.

Postby Noah » Tue Sep 23, 2014 3:32 pm

I could order one, but I am a college student, gotta conserve the pennies :) Sold, traded, and then sold a few things to get the PM2 haha.

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Re: Endura Every Day for a Year.

Postby DaRTH SfaRi » Tue Sep 23, 2014 8:30 pm

I own several spydies including two enduras and am glad to see I'm not the only one who trusted the endura on an edc basis. Definitely most people gravitate towards the PM's and manix. Excellent post. The endura ZDP is the one I carry most often
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Re: Endura Every Day for a Year.

Postby darkangel55555 » Wed Sep 24, 2014 8:01 am

Great review, great story! Congratulations on the new PM2 - you'll love it. And remember, the Endura will always be there, waiting for the chance to be put to work.

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Re: Endura Every Day for a Year.

Postby steelcity16 » Sat Sep 12, 2020 11:03 pm

When we get a Cruwear or 4V Endura, I will partake in this challenge and carry it every day for a year. I've been carrying my two Enduras most of the time as it is. DLT has the power to give me my grail in an OD Green or Purple Endura with TiCN Cruwear. I hope DLTJordan can answer my wishes!! :D
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