The Delica is what started it all for me. I've owned other great EDCs after buying my first Delica 4. The Dragonfly 2, Techno, Sage 2, Caly 3 and the Dice. I've always been fond on the great slip-its as well--Pingo and the Squeak. All are great EDCs. Some have better ergos than the Delica. Truth is, ergos aren't everything. It takes a certain something
as well. One of those, "I can't explain it"
or that certain "it factor"
. I cannot explain specifically why I always go back to the Delica. It doesn't have the best ergos, nor a cool or spectacular blade shape. What it does have is that "it factor"
I recently revisited my Super Blue version, a knife I truly, truly loved. It was my most carried Delica. It was the first Delica/knife I actually took apart. It started my "obsession" with Japanese steel. It was a perfect EDC. For some reason, I stopped carrying it. Maybe I was looking for that latest and greatest. Maybe I felt dirty for voiding the warranty by taking it apart. Maybe putting it back together and dealing with the struggle, or pain putting the backlock back in and scratching the spring section put a certain stigma with the knife. I don't know.
Well...I'm back. The Delica is here to stay. Before writing this I ordered the ZDP-189 version as well as a backup to the Super Blue Sprint, just in case.
If I were to recommend a Spyderco to a friend who isn't familiar with Spyderco, I'd recommend the Delica. In my opinion, it is the quintessential Spyderco. It is everything Spyderco embodies. It's a classic. It's the 85' Bears. It's the Michael Jordan of knives. It's The Beatles and Led Zeppelin. It is like a fine wine or the best IPA.
I always go back to the Delica.