Now I've had the Endela for a week and it's time for some first impressions!
I choose this knife because i wanted to try a fully spyderedged knife and I didn't want the large Endura, the Delica doesn't feel good in hand, and i didn't want to spend the money on a Shaman or Caribbean.
Interresting grind pattern on the serrations. The serrations are similar to my Byrd Hawkbill in that they are fairly shallow which i feel snags less. It makes a fully SE knife actually function well for general EDC and not only for specialized tasks. As well as having tremendous performace in the classic SE applications.
The knife came very sharp from factory. It easily sliced paper however i cut into it, push or pull-cutting very well. This along with my new Dragonfly Wharncliffe highlights the advantages of VG10, it regains a suberb level of sharpness very easily! After dulling it to the point of not cutting smoothly it only took a few passes on a strop to become sharp again. It wont last you a day if cutting is all you do but for a lot of other people, VG10 is great!
Now to something that isn't great: I understand what some people complain about in the Endura 4 handles... When i grip the knife my middle finger winds up on the first point of the handle. When my thumb rests naturally on the thumbramp, this is where my hand falls. I doesn't deter me from using the knife and i would definitely buy it again, but I see how what people complain about can happen.
This would sort out those remarks, but then you'd get sort of a Stretch 2.. Maybe not a bad thing? It would be a more neutral handle.
Fit and finish was as nice as Seki knives are in general!
I hope your happy about the review Wartstein