Spyderco Value Folders: Like? Dislike? Good overall using blades?

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Postby The Deacon » Sat Mar 29, 2014 6:17 am

ChrisinHove wrote:I am sure they are good for the money, and the reviews are excellent, but I can't help but wonder if the range is intended to capture the buyer who likes the idea of having a new Spyderco branded knife without the price tag. They seem to un-necessarily undermine the Byrd range otherwise.
I bought a mint 2nd hand Manix LW for the price of a new Resilience because I wanted a user, and I'm pleased I did.
I don't honestly see a lot of overlap. Most of the Byrd knives are midlocks, and most have 50/50 choils. The value line Spydercos are all liner locks and were specifically designed to appeal to people who prefer a blade with an edge length virtually identical to their blade length.
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Postby TheHindy » Sat Mar 29, 2014 8:14 pm

I've EDC'd my Resiliance for over a year, batonned kindling with it, never let me down. Not a high end spydie by any means ( just recently saw the light) but it's a great knife.
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Postby DougC-3 » Sun Mar 30, 2014 12:12 am

Since I'm left handed, I avoided liner lock knives because the ones I'd owned or tried couldn't be easily closed one-handed with the left hand. When I bought my left hand Military, I found that I could easily close it right handed -- YMMV. Thus, I had no reservations about buying the right hand cruwear Military, and it quickly turned out to be one of my favorites... so I was curious about other liner lock knives, and eventually bought a Tenacious. I was surprised by the general quality and I think it's a very smooth operating knife. And, again, for me, is easy to close one-handed with the left hand. Other than the general lack of ambidexterity, which for me is only a minor inconvenience, my only gripe about it and the other value folders is the lack of a choil or ricasso. I prefer blades that are not sharpened all the way to the handle.

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Postby Diamondback » Sun Mar 30, 2014 1:01 am

I'd take a Spyderco Value Folder any day over the competition. I just bought a Cold Steel folder and it's crude compared to my Tenacious. Sometimes I forget what poor quality is until I venture outside the House of Spyderco.
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Postby opusxpn » Sun Mar 30, 2014 7:28 am

Out of the value line I got the Tenacious, Resilience, Byrd Robin2 g10 all 3 good value knives, the steel is ok these are good beater knives. All of them cost under $38. The tenacious, ambitious, persistence, resilience have a slightly better finish than the byrd knives but the byrd knives are lockbacks and have better ergonomics they are cheaper also.
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Postby akapennypincher » Sun Mar 30, 2014 12:58 pm

Not ever person has a 100 bucks to spend on a knife, the Value & Byrd line are good values for the person on a budget. When you shop around there are some smokin deals.
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Postby elrond18 » Tue Apr 01, 2014 11:53 am

I like these value folders. I started with the Tenacious and then the Resilience. I've been using these knives for four years.

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Postby Holland » Tue Apr 01, 2014 12:24 pm

They are amazing knives for the price! i still need to grab a new tenacious at some point. It would be awesome if they did a sprint with an upgraded steel

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Postby Fancier » Tue Apr 01, 2014 1:47 pm

I'm backwards. I bought a lot of other Spyderco knives before I picked up a Resilience. I bought it because I found the choils on most of my other knives annoying when actually slicing through stuff. If I need to do detail work I use a small knife, and I found the choils just tended to get in the way of long slicing cuts, and I like liner locks, and after I figured all that out I discovered the Resilience. The idea of a sprint Value with better steel is intriguing, but I think I'd rather have a Para or Mili without the choil. My only gripe with the Resilience is that the G10 seems to be a bit softer than on my Para or Mili and the screw heads pulled down into the scales a bit when I snugged the screws up. If the screws loosen up again I'll just lock tite them since the factory threadlocker does not seem to be adhering.

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Postby v8r » Tue Apr 01, 2014 3:05 pm

I happen to own many high end Spydies and still find the value line knives very nice. The fit and finish on all my examples has been as good as many of my Japanese Spydercos. I like them enough that I carry my modified
tip Pelican quite often. I happen to like 8cr13mov steel as well as the 9cr13mov steel that is used on them a great " everyday use" steels. I find both steels take a absolutely nasty edge that is easy to maintain. Matter of fact I wish Sal would do some
" sprint runs" of the older Byrd series such as the Pelican or the Harrier with some 9cr13mov steel and maybe some different grip colors, as long as they are kept reasonable in price.

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