Spyderco Endura 4 FFG Knife Review

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Long before I had even heard of Spydercos myself, the Spyderco Endura series has been included in the Spyderco catalogue for a long time. The Spyderco Endura would definitely be high up on my list,if I had to choose one knife as a flagship Spyderco. Very few would argue that the Delica and the Endura series of knives are probably some of the most classic of Spyderco, and for good reason. They have been issued by Spyderco tons of times, with different colours, blade steels and handle materials and even different grinds. As such, the Delica and the Endura series of knives have the aspects of flagship representatives of Spyderco as a result of how much they have been available and developed alongside the company.

Spyderco Endura 4 FFG Knife Review

Spyderco Endura 4 FFG Knife Review

Just a heads up, the specific knife that I am reviewing is the Spyderco Endura 4 ZDP-189 Steel FFG (Full Flat Ground) knife FRN Handle. What’s unusual is that for some reason, the knife isn’t currently being sold on Amazon even though this knife is still in production, which you can see for yourself. Because of this, I have related to the Endura FFG version with different handle colour and blade steel. For all purposes and intents, this knife review ought to read indistinguishably for both knives, as in terms of design, shape, size, ergonomics, etc., they are both the very same and are genuinely only different in terms of handle colour and blade steel.

I would also like to note that as all folding Spydercos do (with the only exception to this rule being the Spyderco Air), the Spyderco Endura 4 does come with a pocket clip. I usually do not utilize the pocket clip on the Endura myself, as I personally find it more suitable without one.

Spyderco Endura 4 FFG Knife – Material

Obviously, to some of the knife’s properties material does make a difference, so to add to your collection when finding the right knife, you will need to pay attention to this. For example, than the ZDP-189 version, the VG-10 blade steel form of the Spyderco Endura, is feasible to sharpen and has better corrosion resistance, although this is not the one that I have. However, this ease to sharpen comes at the cost of edge retention. By comparison, the ZDP-189 blade steel version that I have is made up of a true super steel, and has absolutely outstanding edge retention, however being an absolute trouble to sharpen should you not possess a superior performance sharpening system or at the very least some superior quality diamond stones.

I did not envision ever owning it when the first time I saw the Spyderco Endura. It looks rather odd like many Spydercos, as Sal Glesser, Spyderco’s CEO and founder, designs his knives for function and not for fashion. This odd duck styling is a tremendous piece of what makes this model and its smaller twin of the Delica series.

Spyderco Endura 4 FFG Knife – Super Slicer

My specific Endura is a super slicer full flat ground blade, wrapped with FRN (Fiberglass Reinforced Nylon) scales, in the super steel ZDP-189. Without holding and utilizing this tool, it clearly seems like a bizarre combination, as it looks somewhat like a low end handle and a high end steel (in appearance only) merged together to form this knife, however after using it several times, I need to applaud Spyderco for making me acknowledge such an unusual looking knife with plastic handles.

A part of Endura’s blade and the spine of the handle has jimping, yet it’s a moderate amount, certainly not too excessive like I have seen on some knives. The jimping obviously won’t tear up your hands, yet it is useful in that it will lock them onto the knife,even if it gets wet. To stop accidental release,the mid-lock features the boye dent so that you will never have the knife open and pushed in on the palm of your hand with a lot of pressure.

Spyderco Endura 4 FFG Knife – Lock

Honestly, my greatest issue with the Endura (and Delica, Dragonfly, Stretch, etc.) series is the utilization of the mid-lock locking system. Although I don’t doubt its reliability and have never had one fail on me, I did not really like having a closed spine for cleaning purposes, and the possibility of a thick steel bar for a lightweight knife appears too strange to me.

That being stated, for a 96 mm (3.75 inch) blade at 68 grams (2.8 ounces), it is true that this knife is quite really impressive for its size and weight, and I can’t argue with facts while I have my reservations.It’s a remarkably light mid-lock knife.

Spyderco Endura 4 FFG Knife – Choil

To speak of, there is no choil on the Endura, but by design there is sufficiently enough of the tang to prevent the blade from guillotining your fingers if the lock fail for whatever reason.

The stock full flat ground blade is exceptionally lean, and out of the box mine was absolutely an impressive slicer.

The Spyderco Endura 4 has its balance point behind the pivot. I genuinely like this and absolutely wouldn’t change this at all. The installed skeletonized liners help to keep the balance point just there.

The bidirectional design on the scales are exceptionally grippy, and absolutely grip well regardless of which way you hold the knife. In terms of gripping, I would say the FRN scales on the Spyderco Endura 4 even beats Emerson’s G-10 scales.

Spyderco Endura 4 FFG Knife – Cleaning

As I previously noted, the knife does not have open flow through construction. I’m not really a huge fan of this because of maintenance issues when cleaning, after all, you can’t expect all the dirt to wash away by simply run the knife under the tap. Although, I have never really experienced problems in use, so my prejudices aside, I can’t really knock off any points here.

As per my standards, the 3 mm (.125 inch) blade stock is quite thick. In fact, I would have favoured 2 mm or even 2.5 mm stock, yet I know that most of them would not care for such an extraordinary slicer. When it comes to what tasks the blade can handle, it’s true that the 3-mm blade stock allows the knife to be relatively flexible. Within reason of course, there is absolutely no need to worry about the blade breaking at that thickness.

Spyderco Endura 4 FFG Knife – Grip

Using a saber grip is ridiculously comfortable on the Endura 4. Spyderco’s truly got its ergonomics down.

Unfortunately, there is no real way to safely choke up on the blade, however. For safety reasons, I would definitely not advise this grip.

However, by contrast, the pinch grip is perfectly viable.

Even in reverse grip, the size of the handle makes grip position relatively neutral, and very comfortable.

Spyderco Endura 4 FFG Knife – Conclusion

Cost should be a paramount variable in my opinion, when talking about value and the worth of a knife. It’s nice to desire shiny carbon fibre scales and high-ticket customs, yet when it comes to performance, we shouldn’t forget knives like Spyderco’s Endura 4.

After all, for $60 you can have a lightweight EDC, with industry leading grinds, coupled with fantastic ergonomics. In terms of functional performance, even in the $100-$200 price range,honestly, I don’t think certain knives can really stand up to the Endura. Toss in an extra $40 for the ZDP-189 steel version, and you have a high-performance monster automatically.

Though the look definitely may not be for everybody, you probably should, even if you are considering giving this knife a go. Like I said earlier, I wasn’t really into just how unusual this knife appears aesthetically, yet it’s definitely bang-for-buck value for money, and is unquestionably one of my most agreeable and high performance knives for its cost.


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