bdblue wrote:If "can't go wrong with" is the same as "lowest common denominator", then the Delica, Native and Rookie would suffice.
But enthusiasts have additional needs and wants and preferences. Personally these would be way down my list as EDC choices. I prefer a longer blade, 3.5" to 4". I prefer G10 over molded FRN. I prefer just about any lock type over the lockback. So you can guess where that takes us- the PM2 is one of my favorites for EDC.
You make some great points there "bdblue" because most of that coincides with what I'm trying to get across to everyone that encounters "non-knife" people that really would like an EDC folder for everyday use. And I fully realize that the ROOKIE model is in the "disco'd" list but yet it's still one of those Spyderco models that to me just seemed like a perfect folder to give to a friend or relative that has little or no understanding about EDC blades.
And to me the NATIVE & ROOKIE both seem to be perfect "starter" models for any novice or for any beginner with a valid need for an EDC.
I too much prefer a longer blade and I've had a lot of my Brethren here at Spyderville not like the fact that I have no use for all those micro-sized Spyders like the Ladybug & Jester. Because in my daily work the C-36 Military has been close to perfect for my individual needs but I would never recommend it for a newbie. I'm not really hung up over locking systems even though there are some locks I prefer over others but I've never had any of Spyderco's locks ever fail me.
Now I would recommend a PM2 for a guy who has had at least 6 months experience on some of Spyderco's smaller, simpler folders but not to start out with. Because I'm a "safety first" guy all the way.