Endura and Delica Models: Which "era" is your favorite?

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Endura and Delica Models: Which "era" is your favorite?

Postby SpyderEdgeForever » Sun Mar 11, 2018 8:01 pm

I was looking at some pictures of some of the original Spyderco Endura and Delica folders, and comparing them to the present/current version of each; the current version has the more pronounced Saber Grind, but there are also the full flat ground ones.

Which Endura and Delica pairs are your favorites? The original models seemed to lack the pronounced thick saber grind and had different handle configurations, as well.

Also, which of the steel types used on the Endura/Delica were your favorites?

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Postby Northglenn500 » Sun Mar 11, 2018 8:29 pm

I love the way the original G2 and AUS-8 models feel. The handles are just a little thicker, and the plastic clips don't bite like the metal ones sometimes do. The blade steels might not be as good as whats available now, but I remember at the time, I felt so cool with an Endura in my pocket. These were so far ahead of anything else available.

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Postby AccountDeletedUserRequest » Sun Mar 11, 2018 8:42 pm

I don't care for Delicas, always felt small and awkward for me.

I love gen 3 Enduras. I prefer the current full flat grinds, otherwise I prefer everything from that era. Proper knife tip, better ergos, lighter, less abrasive on pockets etc.

Full flat grind LC200N Endura 3 would be a perfect EDC folder IMO. Of course I can always regrind the tip on the upcoming Pacific Salt and have the same thing :D

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Postby Halfneck » Sun Mar 11, 2018 9:35 pm

I have owned Delicas since the original. While I liked the pointier tip on the earlier versions, the current Delica 4 is my favorite version so far.

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Postby PSquared » Mon Mar 12, 2018 9:49 am

1st generation for sentimental reasons as a Delica was my first Spyderco and introduced me to one hand opening and pocket clips. My SE Delica was well abused. My gen 1 Endura saw a lot of good camping too.

3rd generation because I like the pointy tip and the ergos of the handle more than the gen 4 (satisfied with ATS 55) - only have a PE and SE Delica

4th generation for the full flat grind (love VG10) - have multiple Ds and Es and prefer my Delicas with aftermarket scales.

Guess the short answer is I don’t really have a favorite.

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Postby thewoodpecker » Mon Mar 12, 2018 10:25 am

Gen 3 with out a doubt. The ergos are better while being thinner in the pocket, the Volcano texture provides plenty of grip. The barrel clip is a really elegant design that is hard to appreciate without using it. I also tend to prefer more point at the tip which the Gen 3 has but I favor a FFG over hollow. I feel the same way about the Native 4 VS 5. Had they kept everything and gone to a FFG it would have been perfect...actually I didn't even mind the hollow grind. :D
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Postby elena86 » Mon Mar 12, 2018 11:06 am

Gen3 Endura in ATS55 serrated is awesome. I hunted one for a long time since they were released before me becoming a Spyderco fan and I finally got one from the bay. Now, it’s time for a Gen3 Delica. Love them :spyder:
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Postby BrianMcCord » Mon Mar 12, 2018 1:25 pm

The 3rd generation with OD handles and black combo blade...that thing is HOT! If only it came in plain edge...
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Postby xceptnl » Mon Mar 12, 2018 2:46 pm

thewoodpecker wrote:
Mon Mar 12, 2018 10:25 am
Gen 3 with out a doubt. The ergos are better while being thinner in the pocket, the Volcano texture provides plenty of grip. The barrel clip is a really elegant design that is hard to appreciate without using it. I also tend to prefer more point at the tip which the Gen 3 has but I favor a FFG over hollow. I feel the same way about the Native 4 VS 5. Had they kept everything and gone to a FFG it would have been perfect...actually I didn't even mind the hollow grind. :D
We think very much alike. I prefer the linerless aspect of the Gen 3 Delica to the latest Gen 4. Features like the more acute tip and barrel clip also make the 3rd Gen better IMHO. That being said, I own (have owned) almost a dozen of the D4s so go figure....
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Postby Kevhead » Mon Mar 12, 2018 5:43 pm

I own a 4 that is a saber grind and a clipit 1 combo edge. I just bought them both recently, the clipit was used in like new condition. The biggest differences are that the 4 has a longer grippier handle, jimping,4 way metal clip , dented lock back, and less pointed tip.

They are both quality, well made knives. The 4 is a little less smooth to open but I’m assuming it’s because it’s new. One benefit to the clipit is the plastic clip looks more like a Sharpie clip than a knife clip. I’m equally happy to have either one in my pocket.

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thewoodpecker wrote:
Mon Mar 12, 2018 10:25 am
Gen 3 with out a doubt. The ergos are better while being thinner in the pocket, the Volcano texture provides plenty of grip. The barrel clip is a really elegant design that is hard to appreciate without using it. I also tend to prefer more point at the tip which the Gen 3 has but I favor a FFG over hollow. I feel the same way about the Native 4 VS 5. Had they kept everything and gone to a FFG it would have been perfect...actually I didn't even mind the hollow grind. :D
The barrel clip is hands down my favorite design. It never seems to wiggle loose even without loc-tite, and two coins are all you need to mess with it. Having the handle recessed seems to make it more secure too.

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Postby shunsui » Mon Mar 12, 2018 10:07 pm

Gen 3 is my favorite for all the reasons mentioned above.
ATS-55 ? Just an added benefit. :cool:
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Postby thewoodpecker » Tue Mar 13, 2018 11:52 am

shunsui wrote:
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Gen 3 is my favorite for all the reasons mentioned above.
ATS-55 ? Just an added benefit. :cool:
No experience with ATS-55 but put CPM154/RWL34 in a full flat grind in that handle and it might be as close to perfect as can be IMO. I do like the Boye Dent on the lock bar a la the Pacific.
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Postby Peter1960 » Wed Mar 14, 2018 2:13 am

Generation 3 without any doubt and for the reasons you read above in posts of other members.
Dream generation 3 would be one with a pointy full flat grind blade in VG-10 and orange FRN-handle.
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Postby demoncase » Wed Mar 14, 2018 2:58 am

Gen 3 volcano texture Delica

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Postby Bill1170 » Wed Mar 14, 2018 6:43 am

Gen 4 for the FFG and 4-way clip option. I also prefer the bidirectional texture to the volcano pattern, it feels more secure. That said, the barrel bolt clip attachment is genius and ticks the box if tip up is your thing. Pointy tip on gen 3 is nice but easy to get back in gen 4 with a little work. I totally understand why they had to strengthen the tip on their very popular models. Not all users are careful with knives.

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Postby 5-by-5 » Wed Mar 14, 2018 9:35 am

The first Endura ruined all interest in Endura and Delica for 20 years! I picked up an Endura because it seemed like a high tech advance of the Police Model. Which I had been carrying EDC for 6 years. The pocket clip broke off seemingly quickly. I replaced it and the clip broke again! Done. Didn't consider them real knives anymore.

I didn't get another Endura till 2015,and only because I wanted to try ZDP-189. Picked up my first Delica in 2016 because if ZDP-189 too.

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Postby PSquared » Wed Mar 14, 2018 11:04 pm

To the fans of the early generations - where do you stand on jimping? Personally I prefer a lot of the older models because they didn’t have jimping. The only Delica 4 I have without jimping is my Kahr.

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Postby Joris Mo » Thu Mar 15, 2018 12:21 pm

Gen 3 but also like the FFG at times so really hoping for the Pacific Salt in LC200N to be available in PE, SE & CE.

For me the main advantage of the Gen 4 is the 4 way clip option since I prefer tip down.

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PSquared wrote:
Wed Mar 14, 2018 11:04 pm
To the fans of the early generations - where do you stand on jimping? Personally I prefer a lot of the older models because they didn’t have jimping. The only Delica 4 I have without jimping is my Kahr.
I don't care about jimping myself. I have a Pacific Salt with the old blocky jimping in my EDC rotation, along with the current style, along with knives with no jimping. They all work fine for me.


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