First Spyderco. Efficient?

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First Spyderco. Efficient?

Postby Bourget117 » Thu Nov 15, 2018 3:57 am

Hi everyone. New here and came across this forum shopping around for my first decent knife. I’ve always liked the look of a Spyderco. So when researching, I decided I wanted a Tenacious. Looked nice and price was Wright. Of coarse after looking some more I came across what I think is the best looking and best features Spyderco. The Para 2. I was ready to buy, but thought It is a lot of money. At least to me. It’s big. I don’t know anything about sharpening and don’t want to ruin it. So I looked around some more and came across the Efficient. Good size. Not too big or small. My hands are on the large side. It looks cool. Has some great features and the price is right. So am I making a good choice if I go with this? Or are the Tenacious or Para 2 or even the Para 3 better choices or do I upgrade to one of those later on?

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Re: First Spyderco. Efficient?

Postby curlyhairedboy » Thu Nov 15, 2018 6:21 am

Hi there!

The efficient should be a good model to start with. If you have larger hands, a later upgrade to the Para 2 might suit you well. That knife feels GREAT in the hand.
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Re: First Spyderco. Efficient?

Postby Cscottsss » Thu Nov 15, 2018 6:54 am

I've never handled an Efficient so I'm not much help there but I can highly recommend spending the extra $ on a PM2 or Para 3.

I own several of both and actually prefer the Para 3 as it's a little smaller and carries better for me as an EDC knife. I'd also look into a Delica, as it's one of my favorite Spydercos and very affordable. Whatever you choose, I think you'll be happy.

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Re: First Spyderco. Efficient?

Postby The Meat man » Thu Nov 15, 2018 6:55 am

Welcome to the forum Bourget117.

You really couldn't go wrong with any of those models. I would just buy the one that appeals to you the most.

I will say though, as with most things in life, you get what you pay for. I know $100 to $150 can seem like an awful lot for a knife but I don't think you'd be disappointed. :)
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Re: First Spyderco. Efficient?

Postby legOFwhat? » Thu Nov 15, 2018 7:00 am

Welcome! What will you be using your new knife for?

Can't go wrong with any of the ones you listed!
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Re: First Spyderco. Efficient?

Postby Bourget117 » Thu Nov 15, 2018 7:58 am

legOFwhat? wrote:
Thu Nov 15, 2018 7:00 am
Welcome! What will you be using your new knife for?

Can't go wrong with any of the ones you listed!
Not really sure specifically what I’d be using it for. Pretty much anything I guess. Not sure as to what size would be comfortable or practical without having different ones in my hand or pocket to try out first. There really aren’t any places where I can see one in person so I’m stuck with taking a chance buying online.

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Re: First Spyderco. Efficient?

Postby legOFwhat? » Thu Nov 15, 2018 9:27 am

Bourget117 wrote:
Thu Nov 15, 2018 7:58 am
legOFwhat? wrote:
Thu Nov 15, 2018 7:00 am
Welcome! What will you be using your new knife for?

Can't go wrong with any of the ones you listed!
Not really sure specifically what I’d be using it for. Pretty much anything I guess. Not sure as to what size would be comfortable or practical without having different ones in my hand or pocket to try out first. There really aren’t any places where I can see one in person so I’m stuck with taking a chance buying online.
I'm with you I don't really have any duties that require me to cut stuff but since getting bitten by the Spyderco bug I find things just to use use the knife. There are many very helpful and intelligent folks here who can answer any question you may have. Good luck with your purchase!
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Re: First Spyderco. Efficient?

Postby cbrstar » Thu Nov 15, 2018 11:51 am

It's a bit of a conundrum. I think the efficient is a really cool looking knife, and you will have enough left over to buy a decent sharpening system you can learn to use.

On the other hand the PM2 comes with a big steel upgrade and the very cool compression lock.

You won't go wrong with either choices.

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Re: First Spyderco. Efficient?

Postby TkoK83Spy » Thu Nov 15, 2018 1:01 pm

I say just go straight to the PM2. As all of us here know, you'll get the Efficient and like it. You'll read more threads here on the forum, see more pics of various PM2 's you'd be interested in, and end up buying one. Inevitably kicking the Efficient out of your pocket for the superior model. It's a vicious cycle!! Welcome aboard!
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Re: First Spyderco. Efficient?

Postby Bourget117 » Thu Nov 15, 2018 1:09 pm

TkoK83Spy wrote:
Thu Nov 15, 2018 1:01 pm
I say just go straight to the PM2. As all of us here know, you'll get the Efficient and like it. You'll read more threads here on the forum, see more pics of various PM2 's you'd be interested in, and end up buying one. Inevitably kicking the Efficient out of your pocket for the superior model. It's a vicious cycle!! Welcome aboard!
Ugh. That is what I was afraid of.

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Re: First Spyderco. Efficient?

Postby sal » Thu Nov 15, 2018 1:11 pm

Hi Bourget,

Welcome to our forum.

When one first becomes interested in Spyderco, the "eye" drives decisions. As one becomes more involved, the "eye" has less influence and "Function" (performance, ergos, safety) begins to carry more weight. I think the Tenacious or Delica are a good choice for a first Spyderco. It will give you a closer look at what we do. Then if you like what you see, time here on the forum and other models open the door to a larger room. The more you learn about design, steel, geometry, history, etc. the more the "brain" is used and the "eye" less.

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Re: First Spyderco. Efficient?

Postby SF Native » Thu Nov 15, 2018 1:48 pm

Welcome.
I would try to pick up a polestar or alcyone and a sharpmaker to start on the sharpening learning curve.
This gets you the BD1 steel, which is a little better than that other stuff.

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Re: First Spyderco. Efficient?

Postby JohnNYPD » Thu Nov 15, 2018 2:08 pm

I have both the Delica 4 & Tenacious.
For a first EDC knife you can’t go wrong
with either.

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Re: First Spyderco. Efficient?

Postby ChrisinHove » Thu Nov 15, 2018 3:04 pm

Hi.

Don’t spend so much that you don’t want to use it, would be my advice.

My 1st Spyderco was a Delica. I still carry it every working day, despite having spent more on many “better” knives. You may never want more.

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Re: First Spyderco. Efficient?

Postby garret » Thu Nov 15, 2018 5:40 pm

Possibly the efficient do any work you need, but if you can it I recommend PM2. My first spyderco was a cricket and it covers almost all my needs. But then came manix, civilian, dodo ... The spider has bitten you it's too late. regards .

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Re: First Spyderco. Efficient?

Postby Bourget117 » Thu Nov 15, 2018 6:27 pm

sal wrote:
Thu Nov 15, 2018 1:11 pm
Hi Bourget,

Welcome to our forum.

When one first becomes interested in Spyderco, the "eye" drives decisions. As one becomes more involved, the "eye" has less influence and "Function" (performance, ergos, safety) begins to carry more weight. I think the Tenacious or Delica are a good choice for a first Spyderco. It will give you a closer look at what we do. Then if you like what you see, time here on the forum and other models open the door to a larger room. The more you learn about design, steel, geometry, history, etc. the more the "brain" is used and the "eye" less.

sal
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Re: First Spyderco. Efficient?

Postby araneae » Thu Nov 15, 2018 11:36 pm

The efficient is a good size for an all-around knife. I like mine and feel it might be a more people friendly design than the Tenacious. Both are great designs though. A delica is also a great first Spydie, there is a reason many of us that have "too many" knives still carry Delicas frequently.
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Re: First Spyderco. Efficient?

Postby Bourget117 » Fri Nov 16, 2018 3:26 am

araneae wrote:
Thu Nov 15, 2018 11:36 pm
The efficient is a good size for an all-around knife. I like mine and feel it might be a more people friendly design than the Tenacious. Both are great designs though. A delica is also a great first Spydie, there is a reason many of us that have "too many" knives still carry Delicas frequently.
I was thinking the same about the Tenacious. That it could look a little big and scary to some people. Maybe the Efficient would work better for EDC and certain places and the PM2 I could get later on for use in other places.

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Re: First Spyderco. Efficient?

Postby awa54 » Fri Nov 16, 2018 7:14 am

Lots of great advice so far!
But I'm going to muddy the waters a bit... There are two U.S. Made models that deserve a serious look as first Spydies; On the larger side there is the Manix 2 LW and for a smaller option the Native 5 LW. The base Manix has two color options and the wire clip, the Native a "better" steel and a four position clip, both are great, tough knives that come in under $100. If you can find a seller who still has N5LWs in S35VN I'd suggest it over S30V, as IMO it's a bit easier to sharpen.
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Re: First Spyderco. Efficient?

Postby DSH007 » Fri Nov 16, 2018 8:33 am

The Efficient is an absolutely rock-solid edc, but this can be said about all Spyderco knives. Buy what your budget will support, based on your needs/size requirements, and do so knowing that you're investing in a quality piece. I will say, the thing about Spyderco.. one leads to another..
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