The Age Old Question .... E4 or D4

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The Age Old Question .... E4 or D4

Postby xceptnl » Mon Sep 14, 2020 6:43 pm

So I'm at an impass, I am ordering one of the new K390 models but I can't make up my mind between the Delica and Endura. Many will say get both but Disney is right around the corner and funds are only going to allow for one.

As a long time Spyderco fan/owner/user/collector I know the pros and cons of each as many forum members would obviously share. I love the think stock and slicey nature of the Delica (it's why I own so many) but the reach and additional blade length are something that has become a staple of my edc rotation (police, endura, military).

So, any unconventional reasons to choose one over the other?
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Re: The Age Old Question .... E4 or D4

Postby Holland » Mon Sep 14, 2020 6:45 pm

I would buy the delica, but bias aside, endura will probably allow you to use K390 to it's full potential
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Re: The Age Old Question .... E4 or D4

Postby Ez556 » Mon Sep 14, 2020 6:52 pm

Get the Endura because it’s almost like a compact Police 4 lightweight. That’s an unconventional reason, haha!
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Re: The Age Old Question .... E4 or D4

Postby dan31 » Mon Sep 14, 2020 6:55 pm

I would say if you have to ask, the Endura. I prefer the Delica but if you like larger then there is your answer. The Endela is coming, I’m tempted on that one. Alas I have enough for now.

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Re: The Age Old Question .... E4 or D4

Postby xceptnl » Mon Sep 14, 2020 6:56 pm

Ez556 wrote:
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Get the Endura because it’s almost like a compact Police 4 lightweight. That’s an unconventional reason, haha!
That's more like what I'm talking about. Also, just ordering the KW exclusive D4 in CTS-204p means I need to add an Endura to balance the equation. :D
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Re: The Age Old Question .... E4 or D4

Postby xceptnl » Mon Sep 14, 2020 6:57 pm

dan31 wrote:
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I would say if you have to ask, the Endura. I prefer the Delica but if you like larger then there is your answer. The Endela is coming, I’m tempted on that one. Alas I have enough for now.
With blade stock that matches the Endura, the Endela doesn't really fill a need that I have discovered (yet).
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Re: The Age Old Question .... E4 or D4

Postby Sharp Guy » Mon Sep 14, 2020 7:09 pm

I'm having the same issue except it's D4 or D2 for me. I really like the Dragonfly and already have 3 or 4 but I just don't carry them that much. I find the Delica more optimal for what I like to carry on a regular basis. I've pretty much settled on the K390 Delica but I have several of those and at least one more hopefully coming. I guess I should probably just bite the bullet and sell one of each and pick up both in K390.
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Re: The Age Old Question .... E4 or D4

Postby ladybug93 » Mon Sep 14, 2020 7:09 pm

the handle of the delica isn't as comfortable to me and i'd prefer a longer reach with an upgraded steel, so i'd definitely go for the endura. the only reason i would ever consider the delica is for legal purposes, and even then, i'd probably go for a different model like the chaparral lw.

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Re: The Age Old Question .... E4 or D4

Postby xceptnl » Mon Sep 14, 2020 7:11 pm

Sharp Guy wrote:
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I'm having the same issue except it's D4 or D2 for me. I really like the Dragonfly and already have 3 or 4 but I just don't carry them that much. I find the Delica more optimal for what I like to carry on a regular basis. I've pretty much settled on the K390 Delica but I have several of those and at least one more hopefully coming. I guess I should probably just bite the bullet and sell one of each and pick up both in K390.
Don't get me started on the Drafonfly. I have 6 and don't need another, yet I really want one in K390. I guess it will depend on finances when they start to disappear from dealer shelves.
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Re: The Age Old Question .... E4 or D4

Postby bearrowland » Mon Sep 14, 2020 8:01 pm

E4...it will do everything the Delica will do, but the reverse might not necessarily be true.
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Re: The Age Old Question .... E4 or D4

Postby Buddafucco » Mon Sep 14, 2020 8:10 pm

Technically, Delica is the correct answer. Only because the Endura isn't available yet.

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Re: The Age Old Question .... E4 or D4

Postby Enactive » Mon Sep 14, 2020 8:22 pm

Buddafucco wrote:
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Technically, Delica is the correct answer. Only because the Endura isn't available yet.
I LOLed! Hahaha. Yes... Unless one derives more pleasure from delayed gratification. :p

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Re: The Age Old Question .... E4 or D4

Postby Sharp Guy » Mon Sep 14, 2020 8:24 pm

bearrowland wrote:
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E4...it will do everything the Delica will do, but the reverse might not necessarily be true.
The Endura can never be the small size of the Delica. I know the Endura isn't that big but the reason I don't own one is I much prefer the size of the Delica. It's perfect for me. 3" is optimal for me. 3.5" blades are about as long as I'll carry.
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Re: The Age Old Question .... E4 or D4

Postby Sharp Guy » Mon Sep 14, 2020 8:25 pm

xceptnl wrote:
Mon Sep 14, 2020 7:11 pm
Sharp Guy wrote:
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I'm having the same issue except it's D4 or D2 for me. I really like the Dragonfly and already have 3 or 4 but I just don't carry them that much. I find the Delica more optimal for what I like to carry on a regular basis. I've pretty much settled on the K390 Delica but I have several of those and at least one more hopefully coming. I guess I should probably just bite the bullet and sell one of each and pick up both in K390.
Don't get me started on the Drafonfly. I have 6 and don't need another, yet I really want one in K390. I guess it will depend on finances when they start to disappear from dealer shelves.
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Re: The Age Old Question .... E4 or D4

Postby Buddafucco » Mon Sep 14, 2020 8:26 pm

Enactive wrote:
Mon Sep 14, 2020 8:22 pm
Buddafucco wrote:
Mon Sep 14, 2020 8:10 pm
Technically, Delica is the correct answer. Only because the Endura isn't available yet.
I LOLed! Hahaha. Yes... Unless one derives more pleasure from delayed gratification. :p
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Re: The Age Old Question .... E4 or D4

Postby vivi » Mon Sep 14, 2020 8:30 pm

no question for me. endura fits my mitts, delica doesn't. both designs are great and if the ergonomics of each work for your grip - tough call indeed. I love the thin stock of the Delica and it really vanishes in the pocket, but I prefer the longer blade on the Endura.
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Re: The Age Old Question .... E4 or D4

Postby cabfrank » Mon Sep 14, 2020 8:31 pm

Age old answer...both of course. It is the right answer. Seriously though, I currently have neither. But I do have a Salt and a Pac Salt. I carry the Salt more, but if I had to have only one, it would be the Pac Salt. No help, I realize. Get both!

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Re: The Age Old Question .... E4 or D4

Postby bearrowland » Mon Sep 14, 2020 9:15 pm

I hear you Sharp guy. My Delica is my carry knife when I'm out and want something just a bit bigger than my Dragonfly.
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Re: The Age Old Question .... E4 or D4

Postby steelcity16 » Mon Sep 14, 2020 10:58 pm

I love both and plan on buying both. The Endura is my favorite model though so I would say that. But new Enduras are also a lot rarer than new Delicas in the lineup. You have the upcoming Pink Delica, Cruwear Delica, and CTS-204P Delica. So I'd say get those 3 Delicas, and the K390 Endura! :D
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Re: The Age Old Question .... E4 or D4

Postby Doc Dan » Mon Sep 14, 2020 11:23 pm

I’d get the Delica first and here’s why. It is much more practical in day in and day out use and carry. It is far and away my favorite pocket knife. I remove the clip, of course. It is slim and trim, but the handle is just long enough.

I like the Endura as a secondary choice because of size. It fits my mitt better, but is large for daily carry many times.
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