Just popped in to sing praises for my first Spyderco.
My Army Ranger brother-in-law carries a Spyderco Endura that he swears by. He kept telling me I should get one, but I'm an "absent minded professor" type that holds to the Scottish principle of "cheapest tool that will do the job." The probability that I'll lose a tool seems to be directly proportional to the amount of money I spend on it; however, after carrying my first Spyderco knife (a Tenacious) for just over a month, I'm tying it to a three foot paracord lanyard that I can slip over my belt because, sweet Jesus, this is the best frigging knife I've ever used, and I don't want to lose it. After what we've been through, I feel like it's a member of my family---hell, I fell like it's a member of my BODY!
I'm hooked. If it was Spyderco's intent to produce a high-quality blade at a loss in order to secure new fan-boy's---mission accomplished. I know me, and I know I'm in for an expensive journey. I just ordered a "Ambitious" from Amazon.
Don't get me wrong, I'm no expert on knives (razors yes, knives no,) but up to now, my EDC folders have been mostly cheap-o Gerbers that I sharpen once a week.
When I go hunting, I take my 20 year old Buck Pathfinder that's been honed to about half it's original width, but will still separate a whitetail from it's anus with a surgical efficiency that actually makes that job at least a little less unpleasant than it sounds. My new Spyderco is different, and I knew it the first time I thumbed it open.
It is a completely OTHER class of tool.
Right after I got it, my neighbor gave me a 150 lb. whitetail buck he shot and couldn't be troubled to process. I strung it up in a tree and went to work on it with my massive collection of butchery implements---weird thing was, I kept finding the little "tenacious" in my hand; everything from skinning to boning, the Spyderco Tenacious was exactly that---tenacious.
Parring a trophy buck is a lot of work for an old fart like me. I got it all wrapped, labeled, and put in the deep-freeze, but the next day, I realized I had I left my precious little tenacious covered in gore and stabbed into a cedar. I considered it a gonner, but no problem. I hosed it down, ran it about ten strokes over a diamond hone, squirted a little machine oil on her, and she was good as new.
OK, so it performs like a fine Japanese steel razor---it takes a good old red-neck *** whipping, but---but the thing I like about it most is the "feel." The ergonomics are so well done that I suspect Spyderco has X-rays of my hands! It just FEELS right. I don't know how to describe this (and I'm a technical writer,) but every time I pick it up I think I owe it to humanity to get it to mount Doom before the Orcs find out about it. It feels like---POWER.
I'm going to test credibility here, but stay with me---after the whitetail, I ran it up and down some ceramic posts, then looked at it through a jeweler's loop. I found no difference between the edge of my Spyderco Tenacious and a Japaneses "Feather" brand razor blade. On a whim, I lathered up my considerably stout Viking heritage chops and used the Tenacious to give myself a shave indistinguishable from the baby's *** texture I get from using a Japanese Feather blade in a German shaving handle.
In sort, there is nothing I don't love about this knife---nothing.
Tenacious Black Blade---Resilience---Persistence---Ambitious---Cara Cara 2---Hawkbill ---Manbug ---Tenacious Full SpyderEdge---Raven 2---Robin2---Matriarch 2
I'm only using black until Spyderco comes out with something darker.