I reckon it was nine or so years ago that I got my first Delica 4. My first Spyderco actually. I'd always lusted after a Spyderco, but for a long time I was on an enlisted man's budget with two kids living off base and it was just out of the question. But eventually I got me one and that was it. No other knife I had or fondled could compare in overall value. That original hollow ground Delica served me very well and it now sees daily pocket time with my oldest daughter and she loves it.
Late last year I decided to start buying different Spyderco's that intrigued me to see if there was a design out there that would kick the Delica out of my pocket. What a shame it would be if there was a great knife out there that I didn't try right? The Manix 2 LW came very, very close. I freaking love that knife! But, my job had transitioned to mostly butt-in-chair time now and it was just a little too large for my now more dainty apple slicing type demands.
I liked the Dragonfly 2 but rather quickly dismissed it as too small. The Sage 5 is beautiful but the handle was just a touch off and the compression lock is not my favorite, great knife, just not quite enough to dethrone the D4. Endura 4 is also great but a little too large so nope. The Stretch 2 is also nice but the handle did not work for me. I really believe the finger choil ruined this one for me. I really wanted to like but just didn't.
The Dfly2 found it's way into the bowl-o-stuff beside my chair. I intentionally bought it in orange just in case I decided not to carry it daily and then if it went into said bowl it would be easy to spot for mail and packages and toe-calluses and the like.
Over the months, I realized I was fondling that little knife a lot and so I tossed it back into my pocket to have another open-minded go at it.
It occurred to me that in reality, my true pocket knives had always been on the small side. Be they multi-bladed traditionals or what have you, I almost always had carried a pocket knife that was around two inches or even less. I guess somewhere along the way I had decided I needed a larger one but in truth, I really I didn't.
I absolutely love the design of the Dfly2 and the thin blade lets you just keep on cutting even when that super fine edge is gone.
The nail in the proverbial coffin for the D4 as an EDC for me was a couple weeks ago. I was walking up to my car door with my arms loaded. An elderly lady in the truck next to me opened her door, more or less right into me, and I lost my balance. I fell against my car and forward. The D4 clip put two very nice scratches right down my car. A wire clip just wouldn't have done that.
I could go on but I've been long winded enough I reckon. So, for me, these days, it's the Dragonfly 2 and the Manix 2 LW.
I honestly didn't think the D4 would ever get kicked out of my pocket but the experiment that I set out on proved a worthwhile endeavor.