The Five Best Spyderco Knives

We’re celebrating 40 years of Spyderco! In honor of their ruby anniversary, we’re going through the five best Spyderco knives.

The Para 3

 

 

The Para 3 is arguably one of the best production knives ever created. With its distinctive design and comfortable ergonomics, it feels as good as it looks – as evidenced by the finger choil that provides comfort and control when cutting. The Para 3 comes in a few different steels, but it comes standard with an S30V. The Para 3 also features Spyderco’s Compression Lock, which is considered by many to be one of the best locking mechanisms on the market. A 4-position pocket clip allows any user to carry the knife in a way that feels natural to them. One thing that would be nice to see from Spyderco moving forward for this knife would be a wider variety of steels.

 

The Endura 4

This Endura 4 is a KnifeCenter Exclusive with an HAP40/SUS410 blade and Mahogany Pakkawood handles. 

 

The first thing that stands out about the Endura 4 is that it’s a larger folding knife at a really good price. The Endura 4 rocks a large VG-10 steel blade and offers some jimping both on and behind the thumb ramp for added control and grip. It has Spyderco’s back lock that offers a solid and secure blade when deployed. The Endura 4 also comes in a variety of colors to fit your personality. The FRN handle is next to indestructible, but if that’s not your style we offer an exclusive Endura 4 in Pakkawood which gives a nice classic modern mix up to this well-loved design.

 

The Delica

This genuine mother of pearl handle is a beautiful addition to the Delica’s design.

 

The Delica is one of Spyderco’s best-selling models and has been around for over 20 years. What we feel makes this knife so legendary is its ability to offer so much without being a huge knife. Even though it’s not the biggest knife, because of its refined ergonomics it offers you a sturdy, precision cutting tool that can stand toe-to-toe with larger knives. The Delica, like the Endura, comes in a wide array of colors – there are even a few versions with handle materials such as abalone and mother of pearl. Of course, we also have the Pakkawood handle model that can only be found here at KnifeCenter.

 

The Yojimbo 2

 

The Yojimbo 2 is a newer model from Spyderco. It was designed by noted personal-defense trainer Michael Janich to be the perfect self-defense tool. The thing that catches your eye right off the bat is the large Wharncliffe blade. The straight blade transfers power all the way to the tip and ensures improved point strength. The Yojimbo was made with some of the best knife handle material available – S30V, S90V, and CPM-20CV. The handles are either G10 or carbon fiber. When closed the Yojimbo 2 sits comfortably in the pocket, but can be deployed quickly. Finally, this knife comes with Spyderco’s Compression Lock, the last piece to turn this into both a functional and effective high-performance tool.

 

The Manix

 

The Manix is one of the top EDC knives we have found. It is well-balanced between size and functionality and is available in a wide variety of some of the best steels on Earth. Like the Para 3, the Manix also has a finger choil for added control and comfort when cutting. The Manix also has a good amount of jimping for added grip, especially on the thumb ramp. One thing that Spyderco has definitely tried to do is to make a Manix for everyone. They have changed the steel, color, and even the handle material in an effort to give you the best knife possible. They even offer a lightweight model for those that are not fans of the larger, heavier knives. The patented ball bearing lock puts the finishing touch on this already great design, giving you a very solid lock that is perfect for one hand operation.

 

There you have it – five incredible knives from one of the best knife companies in the business. The best part is – you can get every single one from KnifeCenter, the original and largest online catalog of cutlery.

 

 

Classic Spyderco Knives from the Vault!

Knives that flooded the market years ago return better than ever as new production models with updated features all the time, and Spyderco is no exception. One of the (many) benefits of working at KnifeCenter is that your personal knife collection will grow to include some older knives that will be collectible reminders of some of the best times in knife history. Jason, our buyer, and Howard Korn, our Founder and CEO, were gracious enough to bring some classic Spyderco knives out of retirement for this blog – so let’s take a trip down memory lane.

 

The Spyderco Worker

This retired Worker model was produced in 1997 and was their first knife to transition from the traditional GIN-1 steel to ATS-55 steel. Spyderco used ATS-55 prominently in their Japanese-made knives from 1998-2003.    

 

We have to kick off our list of classic Spyderco knives with the knife that started it all. The original Worker was debuted at the 1981 SHOT Show in New Orleans. It was Spyderco’s first folding pocket knife to offer their trademarked Round Hole and a pocket clip for convenient carry (which also marks it as the first Spyderco Clipit model). Later iterations also introduced Spyderco’s fully serrated SpyderEdge. Jason picked up this model in 2001, which fell in the 1998-2003 ‘Golden Era of Spyders’.

 

First Generation Spyderco Q 

This Q model is one of three designs that commemorate the fantastic efforts of Blade Magazine, one of the best knife publications and a must-have resource for any knife enthusiast.

 

Collectors everywhere would be pretty excited to have any knife from Spyderco’s Q series, especially this rare Blade Magazine commemorative model. This knife comes engraved with its original Collector Card number and encased in the early edition of Spyderco’s white boxes. The original Q was named the Silhouette, and it was created specifically so you could commission knives with a unique company logo of your very own. The Q series is comprised almost exclusively of knives with laser cut logos, including a 1998 SHOT Show edition.

 

The Spyderco Co-Pilot

Fans of this Co-Pilot model say it has the smoothest action of the bunch. Since only 1,200 pieces were ever produced, getting your hands on one puts you in an exclusive Spyderco club of collectors.

 

This may be hard to believe considering the rules and regulations of the present day, but originally the Co-Pilot was sold as a two-inch airline knife that you could take with you on a plane. The original Co-Pilot was produced between 1987 and 2001, before the full ban on bladed items on airplanes, and while times have changed this compact design endures. Here we have one of the more expensive variations that was introduced as a sprint run in 2006 and comes with VG-10 steel and Almite aluminum handles.

 

The Spyderco Native III

 

Now for something a little more familiar to the non-collecting knife lovers out there – the Native III. This is an example of a knife that has seen quite an evolution since the original Native was released in 1997. The C78 Native III you’re seeing here has an industry nickname – ‘3D’ – because of the handle’s thick design, palm swell, and textured thumb and finger pads. Introduced in 2004, this version of the Native III has a VG-10 blade and a distinct swedge-grind that reduces weight and adds balance.

The Native line continues to be a pretty prolific series, but the latest iterations still keep the same overall aesthetic.

 

A back-to-back shot of the original Native III and a new Native 5 makes it easy to see the newer model’s upgraded S35VN full flat grind blade. The Native 5 also has a screw construction and is produced in Spyderco’s USA factory in Golden, Colorado. 

 

The Spyderco Vesuvius

 

Designed by late longtime custom knifemaker and former President of the American Knifemaker’s Guild Frank Centofante, this first generation Vesuvius was introduced in 2001 with ATS-34 steel – the predecessor to ATS-55. This knife kicked off a series of Spyderco-Centofante collaborations that includes four Vesuvius models, and his presence made such an impact that Spyderco designed a memorial knife in his name to commemorate the incredible contributions he made to educate Spyderco’s manufacturing team.

 

The Spyderco Endura

The original Endura was one of the first Spyderco knives that came with a tip-up pocket clip.

 

The Endura made waves in 1990 when it was first introduced and won Blade Magazine’s ‘Overall Knife of the Year’. The original iteration had some features that were later improved or changed for future Spyderco knives – the pocket clip, for example, was notorious for breaking because of its thin build. Later versions had a thicker clip to avoid cracking and breaking issues. Spyderco produced a version with a red Zytel handle, as well, before using that handle color exclusively for their training knives – a practice they maintain to this day.

 

The latest Endura models have come a long way. Newer Enduras have a larger Spydie Hole, a four-way pocket clip, skeletonized liners, and a thicker tip than their old school predecessors.

 

One of the coolest things about looking back at these classic models is that you can really see Spyderco getting their footing – these small changes and additions are reflected in every new Spyderco knife that we see. Of course, we can’t talk about the Endura without also bringing up…

 

The Spyderco Delica

The ‘Big Brother’ to the Endura, the Delica has seen a myriad of updates and improvements throughout its decades-long history.

 

This industry favorite has been in every single one of Spyderco’s product catalogs since at least 1993. Originally designed by Sal Glesser, the first generation Delica became a bestseller that was created specifically to provide a lightweight pocket knife with a one-handed opening that almost anyone could afford. The second generation Delica was debuted in 2006 with some new upgrades – a stainless steel handle, a stainless steel pocket clip, and an AUS-6 steel blade. It wasn’t until 2001 that the Boye dent and reversible pocket clip were added to the Generation 3 model.

 

Just like with the Endura, the Delica has come a long way from the original. These two knives have seen much of the same improvements over time, including the larger Spydie Hole and Boye dent lockback mechanism.

 

That wraps up some of our favorites – what classic Spyderco knives do you have in your collection? We’re always itching for any chance to whip out some of our oldies (and goodies). What knives would you like to see next? Be sure to visit our Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter and tag us in some photos of your own vintage Spyderco knives.

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Spyderco Fan Favorites!

We put out an APB last week asking our Facebook followers what their favorite Spyderco knives were – and boy, did you guys deliver. We had a lot of entries featuring some great old and new Spydercos, so here’s a list of your favorite folders that we agree are some of the top knives in the industry.

 

Spyderco Endura

David W. had a tough choice when it came to which Spyderco knife to show off – he has SIXTEEN Enduras! Here’s what he had to say about his favorite Spyderco:

“To me, the Endura is a great user: it fits my hand well, carries easily, and handles any package or carton I can throw at it. On the other side of things, Spyderco seems to come up with an endless supply of variants and sprint runs that make collecting it even better.”

This Spyderco Endura Damascus model makes for one beautiful EDC. Photo Cred: David W

 

David isn’t the only one that wanted to show off this popular Spyderco folder. Pavel R. describes the “knife crush” he had for his Endura before it was lost by a friend who had borrowed it:

“[The Endura] was my knife crush. Many knives came after her, but she will be in my heart forever.”

We can’t blame Pavel for being heartbroken over the loss of his Spyderco Endura. His hope for a sprint run of this model may be a reality – we’re thinking this new blue/gray FRN model may be his new love! Photo Cred: Pavel R

 

Spyderco C83 Persian

Dan T. hit us with an oldie, but a goodie – the original C83 Persian by Ed Schempp. The original Persian was produced back in 2004-2005, and you’ll see some Eastern influence in the upswept blade and uniquely curved handle. That’s not all that Dan loves about this classic Spyderco knife:

“One of the most beautiful pocket knives there ever was. Great curves. Great old school bolsters and Micarta.”

Ed Schempp’s Persian isn’t in production anymore, but we do have some Spyderco folding knives that sport a similar trailing point blade shape. Photo Cred: Dan T

 

Spyderco Manix 2

Joseph H is a fan of another popular Spyderco knife – the Manix 2. The Manix is one of the best selling combat knife series we offer. As you can see, Joseph has one heck of a Spyderco collection. Why does he choose the Manix 2 over the rest?

“So far the Manix 2 is my favorite…because the locking mechanism is awesome and I really like the blade shape.”

Funny that Joseph would take this shot on his keyboard…we may or may not be currently drooling on ours. These aren’t all Spydercos, obviously – we see some Zero Tolerance and Benchmade models in here – but they do certainly stand out from the crowd thanks to those trademark Spyderholes. Photo Cred: Joseph H

 

Spyderco Techno

A man of few words, Chris G. has only this to say about his Spyderco:

“My Techno, love it.”

And what’s not to love? The Techno packs a tremendous amount of strength and utility into an incredibly compact package. It also has a progressive European appearance that comes straight from the mind of Polish knifemaker Marcin Slysz.

That CTS-XHP steel blade is a heavy hitter for Spyderco. Photo Cred: Chris G

 

Jonas N. also chose the Techno as his favorite Spyderco knife.

The Techno for all circumstances. 😉

Jonas’ photo of his Techno is the perfect argument for why everyone should have an EDC – and having a Spyderco as your everyday carry means you’ll be the big cheese (sorry, we couldn’t resist). Photo Cred: Jonas N

 

We were blown away by all the responses we had – thanks to everyone who sent us photos of their favorite Spyderco knives! If you want to be featured on the blog, make sure to follow us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter and share your best snaps with us.

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The Results of the Knife World Cup!

We received more than 20,000 comments over the course of 15 rounds in our Knife World Cup tournament – no small achievement, and we have all of you to thank! Any time we do a giveaway we hit some of our highest numbers, but this was definitely one of our more successful campaigns. From June 11th to July 18th, we asked you guys to stay tuned to our social media feeds and vote in every round – and one lucky winner (congrats, Daniel!) who did so won a Chris Reeve Sebenza.

The goal of this tournament was for the best knife to win, so we did see some unlikely matchups. We know we compared apples and oranges sometimes, but it was all done at random to ensure that we didn’t put any of our bias into the tournament. We also counted all the comments. Nothing was done by eye – we let an Excel spreadsheet do the work, instead. Here is a rundown of each round so you can see just how much your vote counted.

 

Round One – Match 01

The Benchmade Griptilian reigned supreme in this round, beating the Ontario Rat 1,257 to 422.

 

Round One – Match 02

Round two was a shutout victory for Zero Tolerance, whose 0562 beat the Emerson CQC-7 1,253 to 351.

 

Round One – Match 03

This matchup was much closer than the previous ones – the Buck 110 won over the WE Knives 703, 841 to 533.

 

Round One – Match 04

Another close round, but Rick Hinderer’s XM-18 still came out on top over Cold Steel’s Recon – the final score was 761 to 575.

 

Round One – Match 05

One of our closest rounds of the entire tournament, the Kershaw Leek went head-to-head with Boker’s Kwaiken. The Kwaiken came out on top, 709 to 622.

 

Round One – Match 06

KA-BAR’s 1217 USMC smoked the ESEE Izula – the final score was 1,285 to 681.

 

Round One – Match 07

This round introduced the overall winner, so we obviously know the outcome of this one – the Chris Reeve Sebenza beat out the Microtech Ultratech 814 to 425.

 

Round One – Match 08

The final match of round one was a total landslide – Spyderco’s Paramilitary 2 beat the Kizer Gemini 1,022 to 133.

 

Round Two – Match 01

The Griptilian once again came out on top, beating the Buck 110 1,025 to 372.

 

Round Two – Match 02

The Sebenza was victorious once again, this time knocking the Boker Kwaiken out of the tournament. The final score was 961 to 323.

 

Round Two – Match 03

ZT came out on top against Rick Hinderer’s XM-18. The 0562 won 711 to 461.

 

Round Two – Match 04

The final match of round two brought Spyderco victory – the Paramilitary 2 dominated over the 1217 USMC 923 to 308.

 

Semi-Finals – Match 01

Things are firing up, and the Griptilian couldn’t take the heat. The Sebenza won 651 to 496.

 

Semi-Finals – Match 02

The Paramilitary 2 heads to the final round after winning 720 to 459 against the ZT 0562.

 

The Final Round!

Here we have it – the final round. It was close, and the Paramilitary 2 put up one heck of a fight…but the victory went to the Chris Reeve Sebenza with a final score of 730 to 539.

 

This was a fun experiment on our end, and we hope you guys got just as much joy as we did reading through the comments and seeing different perspectives on the matchups. Despite our penchant for mischief (looking at you, That’s What I Call Knives: Volume One), nothing was rigged on our end. At the end of the day, we have to give you guys props for your taste in knives – you definitely picked a winner!

 

Introducing The Knife Guide!

You know KnifeCenter is the largest and original catalog of cutlery, but did you also know we’ve been an educational resource since our launch in 1995? From day one, we’ve been an international hub with the latest knife news. One of our biggest goals was to not only be able to give you the largest collection of products, but also have all the information you’d ever need about knives and tools to make an informed purchase.

One thing we take very seriously is making it easier for knife newbies to enter the industry. That’s why we’ve created The Knife Guide – a series of videos that will cover a wide range of topics, from learning about knife parts to knife and tool maintenance (and everything in between).

We already have the first two installments ready and rolling on our YouTube channel!

 

The Knife Guide 01: Defining an EDC

This video will not only define an EDC, but will explain a little bit about folding knives, pocket knives, fixed blade knives, multi-tools, and some rules for choosing a knife or tool that’s the right fit for you. You can also check out all of the products that we used in the video, just in case any of them caught your eye or seemed like a good fit for a first-time knife or tool buyer.

 

The Knife Guide 02: What is a Folding Pocket Knife? 

In the second installment of the series, we dug into exactly what a folding knife is – the parts, how they work, what additions impact the cost of a folding knife, the different types of locking mechanisms and how they function, and some of the trademarks you’ll see in folding knives from well known manufacturers like Spyderco and Benchmade. We pulled out some great knives to help showcase these features, that way you’ll know our recommendations and can feel confident picking up any one of these folders.

 

We’ll be adding new videos weekly on YouTube and featuring the products on our website. We’re going to talk about what a fixed blade is, the best way to sharpen steel, the different blade shapes and what blade types are best for specific tasks, the different types of steel and how they compare, the best knife handle materials, and more. We’re also eager to see what type of content you’d like to see in this series – nothing is off limits! Be sure to head to our Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter to let us know what you think and your recommendations for what you’d like featured in this series next!

 

 

 

What’s New at KnifeCenter

Maybe the rest of you hate Mondays, but for us it’s one of the best days of the week. Why? We get to share new items with you, which include some pretty cool new additions that we think you’re going to fall for. Spoiler alert: to see a list of the best new items every Monday, you have to sign up for our newsletter.

If you’re late to the game, don’t worry – here’s a list of our greatest new items so you can peruse, click, buy, and brag. We even have a KnifeCenter Exclusive included in the list below! Who are we kidding, we can’t wait to show you…it’s first on the list.

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Spyderco KnifeCenter Exclusive Pakkawood Dragonfly 2 Folder

This KnifeCenter Exclusive Dragonfly has a three-layer laminate blade made from high-speed HAP40 tool steel and high carbon SUS410, which gives this knife great corrosion resistance. With an overall length of 5.56” and a weight of 1.9 ounces, this is a lightweight EDC option with a nice, manageable size. The gorgeous mahogany Pakkawood handle scales bring an old school look to this much beloved industry favorite. This folder gives you high quality steel, amazing versatility, a super secure Boye Dent lockback mechanism, and all the classic Dragonfly features you know and love.

 

Benchmade Bugout

The Bugout was created for people on the go and designed to be a full-size workhorse with all the benefits of a lightweight pocket knife. This model comes with a Ranger Green Grivory handle and a smoked gray nitride coated blade, which gives it a tactical and “rough” look that’s backed up by its premium S30V steel. Thanks to its deep carry pocket clip, you’ll have a discreet carry that won’t draw any unwanted attention. This knife is great for anyone looking for a hard use knife with high quality steel that can double as both a hiking knife and an EDC.

 

 

Kershaw Natrix

Inspired by ZT’s award-winning 0777, the Natrix is an extremely affordable SpeedSafe assisted flipper with a sub-frame lock and a newly added BlackWashed blade. Just like previous Natrix models, this version has great ergonomics and a quick deployment that adds to the overall slick design. For only $37.95, you can get a folding knife that has a look and feel similar to one of the best knives in the industry.

 

Victorinox Swiss Army 2018 Contest Classic Multi-Tools

The latest batch of limited edition contest classic Swiss Army multi-tools is here! Each tool features a unique design inspired by this year’s contest theme: Places of the World. These colorful collectibles are drawn from almost 900 entries worldwide. Constantly updating the designs in their multi-tool collection helps to bring new life to a time-tested classic series. These handy little knives are a great way to express yourself, and the integrated functions in each tool will make you prepared for anything.

 

We Knife Company 803 Rectifier Flippers

 

 

The Rectifier flipper is a tactical titan built to last, and we have a great collection that features a wide range of G10/titanium handle colors and your choice of either a black or classic two-tone blade finish. With its S35VN steel and ergonomic build, this knife has both beauty and braun.

 

Bark River Fixed Blades

These fixed blade knives from Bark River are perfect for the adventurer looking for tough steel and intense cutting power. You’ll have several canvas Micarta handle colors to choose from, and each one comes properly outfitted with a genuine leather sheath. Bark River Knives are designed to be used as outdoor professional knives, and their attention to detail and high quality steel back up the great reputation they’ve earned over the years.

 

ESEE Cody Rowen Orange G10 Camp-Lore

This highly-visible new Camp-Lore model is the smallest in the series, but don’t let its 6.25” length fool you. Designed by Cody Rowen, this bushcrafting knife is USA-strong, comes with tough 1095 carbon steel blade, and has removable orange G10 handle scales for easy maintenance. This knife is great for small tasks such as food preparation, tinder preparation, and skinning – and we love the rough Stonewash finish. If you’re an outdoorsman who wants all the benefits of a fixed blade in a compact folding knife, this is the knife for you.

 

Condor Tool & Knife Fixed Blades

We have four new uniquely designed fixed blades from Condor that blend cultural styling with contemporary materials. You’ll have your choice of either wood or Micarta handles, and each knife comes equipped with high quality carbon steel and a handcrafted welted sheath. With a spread like this, you’re going to have a hard time finding a job these knives can’t tackle.

 

 

Case Tony Bose Standard Jig Chestnut Bone Premium Stockman

No frills, no extras – this is a new knife that handles things the old fashioned way. The Case Tony Bose Chestnut Premium Stockman pocket knife features a 154-CM stainless steel blade that holds a great edge, and its high quality materials and build mean you’ll have a knife that stays in your family for generations. The style fits well in your hand and makes for a great EDC, but it’s also a collectible for anyone that appreciates simplicity.

Microtech Ultratech Tactical AUTO OTF

This latest iteration of Microtech’s much beloved Ultratech sports a hybrid handle with a tan G-10 front scale and black aluminum rear scale, which gives the knife a traditional style with a twist. We don’t have to tell you that this OTF automatic knife packs some serious punch.

Reate 2018 Torrent Titanium Flippers

Check out the 2018 release of Reate’s beloved Torrent model – this new version comes with Damasteel’s RWL-34 stainless steel, and the titanium handles are available with or without carbon fiber inlays. These are a great option for those that are looking for a high quality knife, but aren’t ready to jump into the world of custom and semi-custom knives.

 

SOG Powerpint Multi-Tool with 18 Tools

Welcome the newest member of the Power multi-tool family – considering it has 18 integrated functions and is available for only $39.95, we think it’s a pretty stellar addition. This well-engineered tool comes in at only 4.2 ounces, so you’ll avoid the hefty and uncomfortable carry of most other multitools.

 

Savage Forge Bottle Openers

These Jesse Savage-designed bottle openers will bring your EDC game to the next level. Hand-forged using a hammer and anvil, these USA-made tools have a traditional rod-iron finish and unique one-of-a-kind look.

There you have it – 13 new knives and tools available for the best deals at KnifeCenter! What’s your favorite? Let us know! We add new products every day, but our Monday Newsletter is saved for the best of the best. Let us know what you want to see on the blog next! Be sure to check on Thursday when we showcase some seriously sick Custom creations.

Spyderco C190CFP Ed Schempp Bowie Folder

Spyderco C190CFP Ed Schempp Bowie FolderWith this knife Ed Schempp has captured the style and spirit of the classic American Bowie knife in a folding model. It’s as much a highly-functional everyday-carry folding knife as it is a tactical tool. The brass bolsters give the Schempp Bowie, a distinguished presence while the carbon fiber scales add a bit of modern flare. This is another great model in Spyderco’s ethnic series, modernizing classic designs for today’s world. Take a closer look at www.knifecenter.com.

Spyderco C152STIBLP Chaparral

Spyderco C152STIBLP Chaparral

Just in the new Spyderco Chaparral featuring a titanium handle that is 3D machined to reveal a beautiful pattern of alternating blue colored layers. As always, Spyderco kept the thickness of the handle and the weight of this knife perfect for a compact EDC folder. It’s one of the best compact knives on the market and a perfect example of the quality coming from Spyderco’s Taiwanese factories. I would put the quality of this knife up against any other on the market, any! These will go fast so if you want one you better get it today at www.knifecenter.com.