Spyderco Delica 4 FFG Knife Review
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The Spyderco Delica series has been in the Spyderco catalogue for decades, while considering the Spyderco Endura series. These two knives have been constantly popular all through the years, and for good reason: they are practical, comfortable, and remarkably well-priced. The Spyderco Delica is basically a smaller sized Spyderco Endura, thus dealing with either will give you a great idea of the other. Among the two knives, the Spyderco Delica performs as a superior EDC, for me, as it is easier to carry in your pocket, lighter, and nicer to hold, all while having high performance and the same practical use as the Spyderco Endura. That being stated, being so identical, they are both exceptional knives that I completely enjoy using on an extremely regular basis.
Spyderco Delica 4 FFG Knife Review
In terms of both features and style, these two knives are basically one and the same. The only unconcerned differences that can be simply noted are the proportions of the knives and the thickness of the blade stock.
As per the Spyderco Endura 4 review, the actual knife I have is not available on Amazon, despite the fact that it is still currently in production. The knife I have is the Spyderco Delica 4 ZDP-189 Steel FFG (Full Flat Ground) knife. The standard Spyderco Delica 4, has different blade steel and different colours for its FRN scales, but its otherwise exactly similar to what I have (in terms of ergonomics,shape, size, design, etc.). This knife review ought to read somewhat similarly to the knife I link to and for the knife I’m reviewing, since the handle colour and steel type are the only differences between the two knives.
Spyderco Delica 4 FFG Knife – Ergonomics
I feel, in terms of ergonomics, to be compared to the Endura it does the Delica a great injustice. Yes, in terms of shape and style, they are practically identical, yet its feel cannot be ignored, when you hold an Endura you have a beast in your hands, while the Delica by contrast is more subtle and easy to carry. The Endura drops to the base of my front pocket, constantly perceptible, reminding me I have not overlooked my knife, but rather my Delica clips onto my back pocket, I near always forget I’m carrying it,so comfortable, a quality I truly enjoy. The Endura is an impeccably good EDC, the Delica really feels like an ordinary carry knife, and while it’s impossible for the Endura to beat the Delica in terms of ease of carry and subtlety.
Spyderco Delica 4 FFG Knife – Pocket Clip
The Delica pocket clip is a standard Spyderco hourglass in design,just like the Endura’s pocket clip. It works just fine, and keeping in mind that it doesn’t ride super low it’s still thoughtful enough to everyday carry in sheeple environments.
The 181 mm (7.125 inch) knife is so light in weight that at 71 grams (2.5 oz.) the balance point is slightly behind the hilt. The knife is weightless in hand, and this lack of heft make its presence markedly appreciated when working with it throughout the day cutting abrasive material like cardboard. If you keep it sharp, you will barely feel it in your hands, as it just zips through cardboard as effectively as a box cutter (alright, this may be a slight exaggeration, however you get the point, it’s great).
Spyderco Delica 4 FFG Knife – Lock
In case if you haven’t noticed by the sheer volume of back-lock and mid-lock knife reviews on this blog already, throughout the years, I have owned a few mid-lock and back-lock knives. No matter what, I have usually always preferred liner locks over these types, as I generally thought mid-locks would be heavier and very difficult to clean than an open frame liner lock knife, actually I have never once had an issue cleaning the Delica, and trust me I have cleaned it enough (I use it very regularly in the kitchen). The lock has never given me any interruption for thought with respect to its durability and strength either, so consider me impressed.
Over the years, I have learned that a lock is genuinely just as good as its manufacturer. Even a liner lock can still be bad, if it comes from a bad company.No matter how good or bad they may seem at first glance,the same can be said for all lock types.
There is no true choil on the Delica 4, like with the Endura. Although, the size of the tang in effect ends up acting as one. You can’t choke up on the tang, but the lock may fail when closing the knife, however, you won’t lose any digits.
Spyderco Delica 4 FFG Knife – Blade
The default blade of the Spyderco Delica is extremely lean at 2.5 mm (.093 inches) thick. Since I was not happy with its function, I chose to regrind the knife, and now at around 1.5-1.8 mm thickness with a needle point, the blade is just so extreme.
The drawback of going super-lean towards my modification of the Spyderco Delica 4 is that the Delica is by no means the best heavy duty workhorse. That being stated, this is a price I am willing to get, particularly since it is now my absolute best cutter.
Centering is impeccable, but this is the standard, and is not exactly a noteworthy point.
Spyderco Delica 4 FFG Knife – FRN
I truly love the pattern on the FRN. As the pattern makes the FRN slip resistant even in the most slippery and wet circumstances, it makes for an amazing performance. I’m also very fond of the way the pattern looks myself.
After a couple of months of use, the FRN will get a little bit messy. This can be easily cleaned by scrubbing with a sponge and soapy water, so remember that if you do invest in the Delica (or also the Endura for that matter). Considering it’s a mid-lock, cleaning this knife is trivial, and a lot more easier than it would even appear.
The knife opens like a rocket, nothing else needs to be said with that respect. For that Spyderhole, I will always be a diehard.
Spyderco Delica 4 FFG Knife – Grip
In terms of ergonomics, Saber grip is excellent. I treat my Endura like a glorified high performance kitchen knife and folding slicer, thus it has the pocket clip removed. I only really use my Endura when I know I will need to do some extended cutting, particularly around the house, and it’s ideal for that role. But the Delica for me is an ever-present EDC. Constantly a pleasure to use, and a pleasing surprise when I first got it, as it’s exceptionally pocketable at the same time offering above average cutting performance. I have cooked the entire meal with my Delica, and have relished every moment of its use.
The Spyderco Delica 4’s reverse grip is better than expected. There is no genuine problem area to speak of.
You can pinch grip the knife, however considering how pointy/stabby the knife is, I would not suggest to use the Delica as a first choice for a hunting/skinning blade.
Spyderco Delica 4 FFG Knife – Cutting Capacity
The Spyderco Delica 4 typically captures Spyderco’s performance mindset and style when designing a performance cutting tool. It is a bad slicer and does not even remotely try pretending to be a folding pry bar. I never thought an FRN mid-lock knife would be my most carried knife, however until today, I always carry both of my Delicas (along with this ZDP-189 edition I also have the super blue edition) more often than any of my other knives.
Cutting capacity is the core of the argument for buying this knife, it is by far the least expensive super slicer you can buy. You might not be in love with “plastic” scales and a G-10 form does exist, yet in my opinion, the FRN handles are huge part of what makes this blade so incredible and they are by far better than the G-10 handle alternative. FRN’s lightweight properties combined with their slip-resistant impression make the FRN handles the second most attractive feature of the Spyderco Delica 4, behind the crazy cutting capacity of the blade.
Spyderco Delica 4 FFG Knife – Conclusion
As one more of the Spyderco Delica 4 or this version is always with me these days, obviously, I am biased, however in my opinion,you will be doing yourself a great injustice by not picking up this knife. Than most of the other blade in its class, $66 gets you more cutting capacity per weight and the Delica 4 comes in a lot more EDC-friendly package than its larger partner, the Spyderco Endura 4. The Delica 4 is a classic for good reason and is needless to say.