Every self-respecting savage needs to carry around a pocket knife for every day use. Pocket knives are a symbol of stylish utility, and highly collectible. I can’t count the amount of times that I’ve been caught without my knife and sorely wishing I had it as I was left ripping something open with my hands that could have been more easily sliced through with my trusty pocket knife.
I’ve had many pocket knives throughout my life, the first of which I got when I was 6 years old. I was visiting my great-grandmother in Tennessee, and my great-uncle was there. He gifted me my first pocket knife, and of course I lost it it almost immediately. Nonetheless that started a life-long obsession with collecting pocket knives.
The latest knife I’ve purchased was a Spyderco Delica Combo-Edge. Spyderco is known for their quality steel, they use a variety of different steel depending on which knife you buy. The Delica 4 Combo-Edge’s blade has a blend of elements collectively known as VG-10. Steel is a combination of iron and carbon, and you can mix in other elements to create different kinds of steel, depending on your needs. VG-10 steel is a popular type of steel that is often used in kitchen knives. It has a unique ability to hold an edge well and repel rust, making it great not only for the kitchen, but also in an everyday carry knife that will be used outdoors. The “G” stands for “Gold”, as this is a Japan produced steel that is considered the gold standard of Japanese steel.
The blade of the particular knife that I own is a “Combo-Edge”. It is half serrated, half straight edge. I have found this combination to be extremely useful. As an example, I was working on a project once that required cutting tennis balls in half, and the combo-edge was perfect for the job. I started cutting using the straight edge, then was able to finish it up easily because of the serration of the second half of the blade.
The handle is made from fiberglass reinforced nylon (FRN) which feels comfortable in the hand, and grips well. There is a curve underneath the handle near the blade where your index finger goes, and a curve on the top of the blade to press your thumb against and these two elements work together to create a very stable grip when cutting.
The clip on the handle fits snugly if you choose to carry it by clipping it to the edge of your pocket. This makes it quickly accessible, and I find that this is the way I prefer to carry my knife. The clip does come loose from time to time, but I just use a small hex wrench to tighten it up when that happens.
Opening and closing the knife is smooth and easy, in part thanks to the circular notch in the blade, which serves as a place to put your thumb when flipping the knife open. It locks securely in place, and is effortless to unlock and close. With a little practice you can do it one handed.
Spyderco makes a huge variety of knifes, from collectible knives, to gentlemen’s knives, outdoor knives, marine knives, survival knives, they have a knife to fit every need.
If you’re looking for a great blade to add to your everyday carry collection, you should consider checking out the Spyderco lineup. I’m sure you’l find something you need from the variety of quality knives they provide.