Let me start with telling my background of knife collecting. All this while I have been a budget knife collector, I've only owned knives such as Sanrenmu, Ganzo, Enlan and with a bit of Victorinox and Opinels.
So, when I finally decide that it was time for me to get a good knife, I researched around and decided that my first good one will be a Spyderco Delica 4. So I went ahead and ordered it from Amazon (it was sold directly by Amazon). It has been a good 3 months since I have owned the knife. I have EDC-ed it every single day and gave it some decent use.
So far, other than the VG-10 blade steel, almost everything else about the knife was disappointing for me.
1) Fit and finish of the FRN backspacer and scales were not very good (i.e. the back spacer was not flush with the scales). I'll let this one slide, but I thought I'll point that out.
2) Centering of the blade is strange. It is not only biased to the left, but it is also warped diagonally. It was like that since day 1, and no amount of pivot adjustment could change that.
3) Edge grind was uneven at the tip. You could argue that it can be serviced by the user, but I have Sanrenmus that are more evenly ground.
4) The pocket clip had play since day 1 (i.e. it can be moved side to side if you made it to). None of my other knives do that. It was the first time I had a knife with such a problem. No amount of tightening could fix that.
Replacement for the clip would cost me at least USD$10.95, which is not very appealing for an international customer like me.
Also, the black coating on it was terrible. It would just scrape off when you breathe on it. I sanded everything off and made do with that.
Here is my main EDC (Sanrenmu 7034) before I made a jump to the Delica. You can see slight wear at the sides, but it was nothing like the one on the Delica.
5) There is this strange "fingerprint" stain below the SpyderHole. It has also been there since day 1.
I'm not sure if my camera can pick that up well enough.
Just to be clear, it is not my fingerprint. I have cleaned and polished the blade to no avail. This strange stain will always be there.
Overall, I am just disappointed with my first Spyderco. I made an account in this forums just to voice that out.
To you, maybe the Delica is an entry-level knife and therefore the fit and finish is expected to be subpar. But I have budget knives that are a fraction of the price that do way better. You can tell me "Well, stick to your China crap then!". I thought I had made an upgrade to my collection and it turned out to be subpar. This is not the "Spyderco Quality" that I have heard so much about.
You may tell me to send it back for them to fix it, but the shipping fees are ridiculous to send it from where I live to the US.