Smile, It's a Delica

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Smile, It's a Delica

Postby Hobnob » Thu Nov 21, 2019 7:38 pm

When I clip a Delica in my left front pocket everyday it puts a smile on my face. Needless to say, it is my favorite Spyderco. Me and the Delica go back to around 1994-95. My first one had the FRN integral clip. Unfortunately I no longer have that one. Many have been added since.

I do have various other models; Para 2,3, Native, Manix, Dragonfly, etc. To me it is the perfect EDC. On occasion I will carry a Pac Salt.

The Delica has features that I just like better than the others:

- handle size fits my XL hand
- backlock (I'm a lefty)
- blade length, thickness
FRN scales (My preference) multiple colors
- sturdy pocket clip with a cute spider on it
- great selection of blade steels, I can use a different steel 8 days a week: ATS-55, VG-10, ZDP-189. V-Toku2, Hap40, S30V, M390, Cruwear

Spyderco has really upped the game with these premium steels. I hope it continues with the Delica. K390 please.

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Re: Smile, It's a Delica

Postby ZrowsN1s » Thu Nov 21, 2019 7:45 pm

:D it's a knife which all others can be measured against.
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Re: Smile, It's a Delica

Postby jpm2 » Thu Nov 21, 2019 7:57 pm

The hap40 is my favorite delica, the k390 version is probably going to take its place.

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Re: Smile, It's a Delica

Postby JuPaul » Thu Nov 21, 2019 8:15 pm

Love me some Delica, too! It wasn't my first spyderco, but it was definitely the first spyderco I really, really loved. My cruwear delica sees a lot of pocket time these days.
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Re: Smile, It's a Delica

Postby tangent » Thu Nov 21, 2019 9:06 pm

Delica is my favorite too (Wharncliffe these days)...and the Pac Salt is number 2 (for my robust cutting tasks) :)

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Re: Smile, It's a Delica

Postby Halfneck » Thu Nov 21, 2019 9:47 pm

While lately I have swapping between a Chaparral LW and a Rhino, the Delica is my benchmark to judge folders by.

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Re: Smile, It's a Delica

Postby prndltech » Thu Nov 21, 2019 10:02 pm

I have a delica 4 FFG that I red loctited every screw in and have intentionally beat the **** out of to see what I could take (without blatantly snapping the blade or something like that) and minus creating some “lock rock” or up and down play, it survived. So I placed it on top of my tool box where it had lived for 5+ years now with no maintenance given to it. It’s seen ever fluid related to the automotive industry and gets touched up with a smiths retractable diamond rod that was like $8. That’s the combo that lives on my toolbox, it gets used daily when my hands are grimy and nasty, that’s the one that gets picked up. The bidirectional texturing is full of grease and grime and it just keeps going. It sees passes on that diamond rod multiple times a week if not daily. I use that diamond rod like a steel in the kitchen.

Tl;dr I love me a delica
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Re: Smile, It's a Delica

Postby AwayFromMySpydieHole » Thu Nov 21, 2019 11:23 pm

The Delica is a knife I’ve owned for almost a decade, but I’ve only recently began to appreciate. I don’t know why, and I’m a bit disappointed because there’s so many great sprints I’ve missed out on because of that.


Just a month ago I picked up my ZDP Delica and carried it. For some reason, that day it finally clicked and it became one of my favorite knives, period. And I own a ton of Spyderco knives.

It’s just an amazing cutter. It’s really all you need in terms of being tough and sturdy, but the blade profile is still thin. In terms of actual use and cutting, it’s hard to beat.

Since then I’ve added 3 delicas to my collection and plan to add more soon. I love the platform and I hope we see some awesome sprints soon.

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Re: Smile, It's a Delica

Postby Doc Dan » Thu Nov 21, 2019 11:36 pm

It’s no secret that I love the Delica. It’s just a great knife.
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Re: Smile, It's a Delica

Postby Wartstein » Fri Nov 22, 2019 12:05 am

Hobnob wrote:
Thu Nov 21, 2019 7:38 pm
.....

- handle size fits my XL hand
- backlock (I'm a lefty)
- blade length, thickness
FRN scales (My preference) multiple colors
- sturdy pocket clip with a cute spider on it
- great selection of blade steels, I can use a different steel 8 days a week: ATS-55, VG-10, ZDP-189. V-Toku2, Hap40, S30V, M390, Cruwear

.....

Well, on all the features you like and listed above I feel the same, except blade length (too short for an universal EDC for my personal liking).

I generally rarely carry small folders, but amongst those the Delica was my favorite for years and still is my clear number two nowadays.

Backlock and FRN just for my personal (!) needs still is the best and no nonsense- combo anyway
Other than the Para 3 / Native 5 and so on small models, the actual Delica handle offers enough space even for my L to XL hands, places my hand rather close to the edge, while I can still choke up on the Ricasso as comfortable and safe as on a dedicated choil. I also like the ergos generally

The Delica is a slimmer package than the comparable sized Para 3, Native 5 and Sage, and despite having steel liners is still ligther than each of the lightweight versions of the three latter knives mentioned. It also has a thinner and slicier, but still strong enough blade.

Only thing I wished (and adcvoated in some threads) for: A "maximum edge length edition" of the Delica: If the blade was lengthened to fill all of the available space in the handle when closed, and if it had no Ricasso but edge instead (like the Centofante), you´d end up with an actual cutting edge of 8.3 cm (about 3.3 ") in the compact Delica handle (so more edge than a PM2, Endela or even Stretch ONE). I´d like such a model a lot.

So why is the Delica "just" my number two amongst the small folders? Well, cause I discovered the Chaparral FRN: Amazing slicer, tiny closed but still a good amount of edge, and the handle is so short overall, that the 50/50 choil for my handsize really makes sense (differently to the Native, Para 3... choil)
Top three going by pocket-time: Endura 4 in VG 10/Micarta-scales; Stretch 1 in VG 10; Endura 4 in HAP 40

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Re: Smile, It's a Delica

Postby Doc Dan » Fri Nov 22, 2019 5:37 am

Wartstein wrote:
Fri Nov 22, 2019 12:05 am
Hobnob wrote:
Thu Nov 21, 2019 7:38 pm
.....

- handle size fits my XL hand
- backlock (I'm a lefty)
- blade length, thickness
FRN scales (My preference) multiple colors
- sturdy pocket clip with a cute spider on it
- great selection of blade steels, I can use a different steel 8 days a week: ATS-55, VG-10, ZDP-189. V-Toku2, Hap40, S30V, M390, Cruwear

.....

Well, on all the features you like and listed above I feel the same, except blade length (too short for an universal EDC for my personal liking).

I generally rarely carry small folders, but amongst those the Delica was my favorite for years and still is my clear number two nowadays.

Backlock and FRN just for my personal (!) needs still is the best and no nonsense- combo anyway
Other than the Para 3 / Native 5 and so on small models, the actual Delica handle offers enough space even for my L to XL hands, places my hand rather close to the edge, while I can still choke up on the Ricasso as comfortable and safe as on a dedicated choil. I also like the ergos generally

The Delica is a slimmer package than the comparable sized Para 3, Native 5 and Sage, and despite having steel liners is still ligther than each of the lightweight versions of the three latter knives mentioned. It also has a thinner and slicier, but still strong enough blade.

Only thing I wished (and adcvoated in some threads) for: A "maximum edge length edition" of the Delica: If the blade was lengthened to fill all of the available space in the handle when closed, and if it had no Ricasso but edge instead (like the Centofante), you´d end up with an actual cutting edge of 8.3 cm (about 3.3 ") in the compact Delica handle (so more edge than a PM2, Endela or even Stretch ONE). I´d like such a model a lot.

So why is the Delica "just" my number two amongst the small folders? Well, cause I discovered the Chaparral FRN: Amazing slicer, tiny closed but still a good amount of edge, and the handle is so short overall, that the 50/50 choil for my handsize really makes sense (differently to the Native, Para 3... choil)
I love my Chaparrals. I have two. It is a very thin and slicey knife. But I have three Delicas. The Delica fills my baseball mitts better and is a real good slicer. I would be hard pressed to choose between them, but if pressed I think the Delica might be better as an all around knife.
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Re: Smile, It's a Delica

Postby tonijedi » Fri Nov 22, 2019 5:50 am

The Delica was my first Spyderco. I tried many different brands and models but always came back to it.. now I carry a Salt 2, but I see it as a Salt Delica and not a different model.

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Re: Smile, It's a Delica

Postby Kyle8734 » Fri Nov 22, 2019 8:44 am

Got my first Delica not long back-the M390 version and love it. Yes I have bigger models-Pm2,Sage,Para 3, etc and i do love all of those but for whatever reasons the Delica just fits me and my needs perfect almost. I don't mind the frn-makes it super light, don't mind the backlock-Spyderco does them so well. It is just a great knife overall for me and I might end up grabbing another. Also was nice to see it test for 61.4 and 61.8 when I sent it out for Rockwell testing a while back.

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Re: Smile, It's a Delica

Postby standy99 » Fri Nov 22, 2019 8:51 am

Have a few. I seem to get one nearly every time I buy another knife for some reason :D ( Hate paying shipping for only 1 knife ;) )

Great knife for $$ and carry one most times as a grab and go as there is usually one lying around.
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Re: Smile, It's a Delica

Postby wrdwrght » Fri Nov 22, 2019 9:17 am

The highly-refined Delica doesn’t crack my top-ten favorite Sal-designs, but I judge it to be among the best folders I’ve ever seen, including my favorite Sals. If I had just one Spydie and it was my Delica, I’d smile often, I’m sure.
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Re: Smile, It's a Delica

Postby Wartstein » Fri Nov 22, 2019 9:55 am

Kyle8734 wrote:
Fri Nov 22, 2019 8:44 am
Got my first Delica not long back-the M390 version and love it. Yes I have bigger models-Pm2,Sage,Para 3, etc and i do love all of those but for whatever reasons the Delica just fits me and my needs perfect almost. I don't mind the frn-makes it super light, don't mind the backlock-Spyderco does them so well. It is just a great knife overall for me and I might end up grabbing another. Also was nice to see it test for 61.4 and 61.8 when I sent it out for Rockwell testing a while back.
May I ask: In which aspects do you feel Sage and Para 3 are "bigger models" than the Delica? Maybe bigger (wider) packages in pocket and a bit wider blades, but all three models have the same amount of actual edge and the Delica even a more generous actual handle (longer grip area), while one can still perfectly choke up on that Ricasso imo.
Top three going by pocket-time: Endura 4 in VG 10/Micarta-scales; Stretch 1 in VG 10; Endura 4 in HAP 40

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Essential Household Tool

Postby rak2 » Fri Nov 22, 2019 10:48 am

Every home should have one.

And, considering the season, a gift that won't go unused.
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Re: Smile, It's a Delica

Postby steelcity16 » Fri Nov 22, 2019 10:52 am

The more I carry my Cruwear Delica the more I love it. Such a perfect design. I could be happy with just my Cruwear Delica and Cru-carta Shaman.
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Re: Smile, It's a Delica

Postby Wartstein » Fri Nov 22, 2019 10:54 am

What also speaks for the Delica in its general size range:

There is a wharnie version both in SE and PE (despite preferring larger knives generally, for a wharncliff the Delica size is quite perfect imho)

And one can also get a sabre grind "hard use" blade (I have a Delica sabre grind comboedge, don't carry it a lot, but love it as a workknife in situations where you have to work real fast and can't avoid hitting metal and the like with the tip).
Top three going by pocket-time: Endura 4 in VG 10/Micarta-scales; Stretch 1 in VG 10; Endura 4 in HAP 40

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Re: Smile, It's a Delica

Postby thewoodpecker » Fri Nov 22, 2019 10:55 am

Would love to see a K390 Wharncliffe Delica. Reaching for the stars: CQI Delica with 50/50 choil.
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