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My first Spyderco

Postby ccreags » Sat Feb 16, 2019 5:28 pm

Hello all! Brand new here and looking for advice on selecting my first knife. This forum seems very active so I’m hoping to get some good advice. Bottom line, I’m looking for something with some decent size and weight to it as an everyday knife (prefer folding/locking). Looking forward to hearing your favorites. Sorry if there is something similar to this post. There are a lot of posts to comb through.

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Re: My first Spyderco

Postby The Meat man » Sun Feb 17, 2019 1:06 pm

Welcome to the forum ccreags!

There are so many options to choose from. Personally, I really like the Military for EDC. Also, the Native 5 is a good choice if you want a smaller knife.

For a super hard use "beater knife", you couldn't go wrong with the Pacific Salt SE. I use mine a lot and it is like a folding pocket chainsaw. The H-1 steel is tough and easy to sharpen, while the aggressive serrations made short work of any cutting task.
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Re: My first Spyderco

Postby sal » Sun Feb 17, 2019 1:11 pm

Hi Ccrreags,

Welcome to our forum.

My suggestions is for a Delica, plain edge, full flat, any color you like.

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Re: My first Spyderco

Postby Larry_Mott » Sun Feb 17, 2019 1:14 pm

I will have to second Sal's suggestion ( I might be biased since my first Spyderco was a Delica)
Also don't overlook the Byrd Raven 2, IMO it rivals knives 3 x it's price.

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Re: My first Spyderco

Postby brainfriction » Sun Feb 17, 2019 1:21 pm

PM2, Manix 2, Endura, and Military would all fit the bill and are some of the most popular models.

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Re: My first Spyderco

Postby ccreags » Sun Feb 17, 2019 1:27 pm

Thank you all for the suggestions. With the huge selection of knives, I figured this would be the perfect place to start. I'll report back when I decide!

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Re: My first Spyderco

Postby knivesandbooks » Sun Feb 17, 2019 1:53 pm

I would do the Endura or Delica.
The Stretch 2 is a great one as well.
I'd skip the Military and PM2 at first and go for something slicier. The Kapara seems great.
The Police 4 is sick but the k390 on it can be a handleful.

I'd start with one of the Japanese frn models.
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Re: My first Spyderco

Postby ZrowsN1s » Sun Feb 17, 2019 1:53 pm

Decent size and weight? The Shaman.
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Re: My first Spyderco

Postby sal » Sun Feb 17, 2019 2:02 pm

Hi Ccreags,

Check your local laws for knife carry. Te laws have been changing quite a bit lately and knives with 4" blades are becoming illegal in many jurisdictions.

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Re: My first Spyderco

Postby Bill1170 » Sun Feb 17, 2019 3:19 pm

I’ll second Sal’s recommendation to start out with a Delica in VG-10, full flat ground. It’s the perfect introduction to Spyderco folding knives.

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Re: My first Spyderco

Postby TomAiello » Sun Feb 17, 2019 4:49 pm

For EDC, depending on your jurisdiction, I'd look at Chaparral, Native, ParaMilitary 2, Manix 2 and Military.

What's your definition of "decent size and weight"?

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Re: My first Spyderco

Postby Mako109 » Sun Feb 17, 2019 5:07 pm

Another tidbit for your consideration, if you Google top EDC knives (all brands), year-after-year the ParaMilitary 2, Manix 2, Delica and Dragonfly makes the list in most publications, blogs, and YouTube vids.. Among those popular models, the Paramilitary 2 appears to be listed the most (going by what I see without attempting any formal study or count). Consider that along with your local laws and personal needs.

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Re: My first Spyderco

Postby MichaelScott » Sun Feb 17, 2019 5:49 pm

Mako109 wrote:
Sun Feb 17, 2019 5:07 pm
Another tidbit for your consideration, if you Google top EDC knives (all brands), year-after-year the ParaMilitary 2, Manix 2, Delica and Dragonfly makes the list in most publications, blogs, and YouTube vids.. Among those popular models, the Paramilitary 2 appears to be listed the most (going by what I see without attempting any formal study or count). Consider that along with your local laws and personal needs.
Any of these will certainly make a first Spyderco.
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Re: My first Spyderco

Postby soc_monki » Sun Feb 17, 2019 6:13 pm

My first was a Tenacious. It's a great, inexpensive knife that does everything you can ask and more. I've heard good things about the byrd raven 2 as well. A delica is only a little more than a tenacious however, and is obviously very popular. But if you have the funds I'd go Manix 2. Love mine (in G10 with s30v), but am waiting on my blue lightweight to compare! The manix definitely is a little hefty but not overly so. Easily my favorite knife at the moment!
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Re: My first Spyderco

Postby ccreags » Mon Feb 18, 2019 9:03 pm

TomAiello wrote:
Sun Feb 17, 2019 4:49 pm
For EDC, depending on your jurisdiction, I'd look at Chaparral, Native, ParaMilitary 2, Manix 2 and Military.

What's your definition of "decent size and weight"?
I have larger hands so really just nothing too small. It seems I’ll be a bit limited in Chicago however. Looks like there is a 2.5” max blade length. Fortunately I don’t live in Chicago, just work there. Looks like I’m pretty unlimited in size outside of the city.

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Re: My first Spyderco

Postby OldLog » Fri Feb 22, 2019 10:41 pm

made my choice as a Spyderco Native 5 Knife Fluted Carbon Fiber (3" Satin CPM-S90V) C41CFFP5

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Re: My first Spyderco

Postby Colorodo » Sat Feb 23, 2019 10:05 am

Para 3 , Manix 2. I wear XL gloves at work and find for me the Manix 2 works best.

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Re: My first Spyderco

Postby wes » Sat Feb 23, 2019 11:26 am

Paramilitary 2 and/or Para 3. You can hate me later after you’ve spent several thousand trying to collect all the sprint runs. 😬😬

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Re: My first Spyderco

Postby SF Native » Sat Feb 23, 2019 3:37 pm

Sage 1, sage 5 or para 3

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Re: My first Spyderco

Postby ccreags » Sat Mar 02, 2019 12:13 pm

Thanks for all the tips. I went with the dragonfly Since it’s legal to carry in chicago. Man is it small. Thinking delica, para 3, or native next. Also really like the sages and the chaparral. I guess it doesn’t matter much since I’ll probably get at least one of each eventually 🙄


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