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Best Spyderco for the $$

Posted: Fri Jul 17, 2020 4:04 pm
by Red
I am new to the board but a life-long Spyderco enthusiast! I learned today (among many other things on this board recently, which is awesome) that the Delica was the first Spyderco for alot of you guys and gals. I need to get one for sure but what do you all think is the best/coolest Spydie for the money.

I realize β€œfor the $” is subjective to income levels but I saw the Resilience come up in another thread and forgot how much I liked it. In my arbitrary opinion its the best Spyderco for the money. Why?

Makes me smile
Easy to sharpen
Spyderco quality
Cheap enough to avoid Ramen noodles-
Makes me smile

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Re: Best Spyderco for the $$

Posted: Fri Jul 17, 2020 4:11 pm
by TkoK83Spy
G10 Rex45 Manix 2!

Re: Best Spyderco for the $$

Posted: Fri Jul 17, 2020 4:12 pm
by Spydersense
Para 3 Lightweight in my opinion. It meets all of your requirements and then some.

Re: Best Spyderco for the $$

Posted: Fri Jul 17, 2020 4:14 pm
by skeeg11
Byrd Hawkbill. The Spyderco lineage shines through.

Re: Best Spyderco for the $$

Posted: Fri Jul 17, 2020 4:19 pm
by Spydergirl88
TkoK83Spy wrote: ↑
Fri Jul 17, 2020 4:11 pm
G10 Rex45 Manix 2!
I agree!

Re: Best Spyderco for the $$

Posted: Fri Jul 17, 2020 4:21 pm
by Red
TkoK83Spy wrote: ↑
Fri Jul 17, 2020 4:11 pm
G10 Rex45 Manix 2!
Ohhh, very nice!

Re: Best Spyderco for the $$

Posted: Fri Jul 17, 2020 4:22 pm
by Red
Spydersense wrote: ↑
Fri Jul 17, 2020 4:12 pm
Para 3 Lightweight in my opinion. It meets all of your requirements and then some.
Dont have one but its high up on the list for sure. Edc a PM2 and a dragonfly often so that may fit both needs.

Re: Best Spyderco for the $$

Posted: Fri Jul 17, 2020 4:24 pm
by Red
skeeg11 wrote: ↑
Fri Jul 17, 2020 4:14 pm
Byrd Hawkbill. The Spyderco lineage shines through.
Always wanted one. Closest I have come so far is the SE Tasman Salt 2 thats in the mail!!

Re: Best Spyderco for the $$

Posted: Fri Jul 17, 2020 4:28 pm
by JD Spydo
I don't think that the Byrd models qualify>> but I'll admit that for someone who can't yet afford a Spyder they might be a good starting point.

It's hard to argue against the Delica, Endura or Native models. All of those models give you a lot for what you pay for them.

And if you can get any of the three of them in better blade steels it's even better yet IMO.

Re: Best Spyderco for the $$

Posted: Fri Jul 17, 2020 4:31 pm
by Danke
Probably the Endura. Especially for some of the sprint steels.

Re: Best Spyderco for the $$

Posted: Fri Jul 17, 2020 4:36 pm
by DSH007
This is a tough one to answer because it is so subjective.. everyone is going to have a different opinion here. There may be as many different answers as there are responses..

If I were going to make a recommendation to someone selecting their first Spyderco, I'd ask them about their general knife size/carry/use preferences and go from there..

The short answer is.. pick one. Gun to my head, I can't really think of any Spyderco knife that isn't worth the money..

Re: Best Spyderco for the $$

Posted: Fri Jul 17, 2020 4:47 pm
by Red
Danke wrote: ↑
Fri Jul 17, 2020 4:31 pm
Probably the Endura. Especially for some of the sprint steels.
Endura is a close second for me, such a good value in the VG-10πŸ‘

Re: Best Spyderco for the $$

Posted: Fri Jul 17, 2020 4:48 pm
by Red
JD Spydo wrote: ↑
Fri Jul 17, 2020 4:28 pm
I don't think that the Byrd models qualify>> but I'll admit that for someone who can't yet afford a Spyder they might be a good starting point.

It's hard to argue against the Delica, Endura or Native models. All of those models give you a lot for what you pay for them.

And if you can get any of the three of them in better blade steels it's even better yet IMO.
I have to get a Delica soon, so loved by so many. Not sure why I never had one but definitely high up on the β€œwant” list.

Re: Best Spyderco for the $$

Posted: Fri Jul 17, 2020 4:52 pm
by JuPaul
Red wrote: ↑
Fri Jul 17, 2020 4:21 pm
TkoK83Spy wrote: ↑
Fri Jul 17, 2020 4:11 pm
G10 Rex45 Manix 2!
Ohhh, very nice!
Another vote for this one - man that was a great deal! But really, almost any Manix 2 is a great value. The CE or PE satin g10 manix 2s are only $122! And that for g10 scales, full liners, an awesome lock, excellent ergos, and s30v on a medium/large platform. All kinds of bang for your buck, and the fact that Manix 2 exclusives/sprints are typically only like $5-25 more is icing on the cake.

Re: Best Spyderco for the $$

Posted: Fri Jul 17, 2020 5:11 pm
by skeeg11
JD Spydo wrote: ↑
Fri Jul 17, 2020 4:28 pm
I don't think that the Byrd models qualify>> but I'll admit that for someone who can't yet afford a Spyder they might be a good starting point.

It's hard to argue against the Delica, Endura or Native models. All of those models give you a lot for what you pay for them.

And if you can get any of the three of them in better blade steels it's even better yet IMO.
Point well taken. I guess I bent the rules a bit because they are under the purview of Sal Glessar. Cousins if you will. The OP alluded to an affinity for the Resilience and bang for the buck and since the Byrds are made from 8CRMOV13 as is the Resilience I may have overstepped. Spyderco does 8CR13MOV very well. In my experience the 8CR13MOV in my Byrd Hawkbill is pretty durn good, too. In fact, until they release a serrated Siren, I may have to pick up a serrated Cara Cara Rescue in the interim.

Re: Best Spyderco for the $$

Posted: Fri Jul 17, 2020 5:19 pm
by Red
JuPaul wrote: ↑
Fri Jul 17, 2020 4:52 pm
Red wrote: ↑
Fri Jul 17, 2020 4:21 pm
TkoK83Spy wrote: ↑
Fri Jul 17, 2020 4:11 pm
G10 Rex45 Manix 2!
Ohhh, very nice!
Another vote for this one - man that was a great deal! But really, almost any Manix 2 is a great value. The CE or PE satin g10 manix 2s are only $122! And that for g10 scales, full liners, an awesome lock, excellent ergos, and s30v on a medium/large platform. All kinds of bang for your buck, and the fact that Manix 2 exclusives/sprints are typically only like $5-25 more is icing on the cake.
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I missed out on that one, But the burple Manix 2 in 110v is one of my all time edc favorites.

Re: Best Spyderco for the $$

Posted: Fri Jul 17, 2020 5:20 pm
by prndltech
I need to buy a resilience. Just because... I had a tenacious... Wasnt a huge fan of it but it was my first spyderco. Never held a resilience.

Re: Best Spyderco for the $$

Posted: Fri Jul 17, 2020 5:27 pm
by Red
Its an awesome knife for the $, love it. One of my all time favorites.

Re: Best Spyderco for the $$

Posted: Fri Jul 17, 2020 5:28 pm
by Red
skeeg11 wrote: ↑
Fri Jul 17, 2020 5:11 pm
JD Spydo wrote: ↑
Fri Jul 17, 2020 4:28 pm
I don't think that the Byrd models qualify>> but I'll admit that for someone who can't yet afford a Spyder they might be a good starting point.

It's hard to argue against the Delica, Endura or Native models. All of those models give you a lot for what you pay for them.

And if you can get any of the three of them in better blade steels it's even better yet IMO.
Point well taken. I guess I bent the rules a bit because they are under the purview of Sal Glessar. Cousins if you will. The OP alluded to an affinity for the Resilience and bang for the buck and since the Byrds are made from 8CRMOV13 as is the Resilience I may have overstepped. Spyderco does 8CR13MOV very well. In my experience the 8CR13MOV in my Byrd Hawkbill is pretty durn good, too. In fact, until they release a serrated Siren, I may have to pick up a serrated Cara Cara Rescue in the interim.
I agree. Big fan of 8CR13MOV, especially on a budget. Sharpens easily and as long as you show it some love after a long day, no worries.
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Re: Best Spyderco for the $$

Posted: Fri Jul 17, 2020 6:42 pm
by Sumdumguy
I would say the Caribbean. It is quite cheap($180), relative to how much knife you get and how capable/durable it is.
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I carried mine for almost two years straight and my biggest takeaway was how insanely tough of a steel it has. I did some stupid things in the name of "work" and it just shrugged it off.

It also has amazing sharpening response. I just sharpened mine up for a few seconds and it melts anything it touches. Some say it doesn't have the best edge retention, but I would rate it the same as VG-10. Good enough for me.

Also also, it has the best grip pattern I've ever used. Smooth and grippy at the same time.
"Grip without the rip"

I could go on, but no one wants that... :p