Spyderco Resilience Black G-10 Plainedge Knife Review
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When you imagine the Spyderco Resilience, for all objectives and purposes, you should normally imagine an upscaled Tenacious, just like the Spyderco Endura is an upscaled version of the Spyderco Delica. I have exclusively modified the blade on my Spyderco Resilience (just like I had on one of my Tenacious knives), so as to make it a much leaner slicer. For utility, I would prefer having a finer tip on these knives so keep that in mind when looking through this review.
Spyderco Resilience Black G-10 Plainedge Knife Review
The first thing that truly strikes me about the Resilience is how large it really is. While I own other large Spydercos, like the Endura&the Military, in terms of perceived size really it feels as though the Resilience is in a league of its own. The Resilience is of course still an EDC;however, it is most certainly not a smaller EDC at that.
Once again, since the Resilience is basically an upsized version of the Tenacious, in case if you’re looking for the same idea in a little smaller package, look at the Spyderco Tenacious.Aesthetically the Resilience is almost similar to the Tenacious inside and out, except for obviously size and weight.
Spyderco Resilience Black G-10 Plainedge Knife – Size
The resilience’s size is pretty amazing in person, pictures don’t really do any justice: it is shocking enough to make you doubt its viability as an EDC knife but not Cold Steel levels of wonder. That being said it has a phenomenal amount of blade for its size at 23.8 cm (9.375 inches) long opened, with 10.8 cm (4.25 inches) of that being the blade. Compare that to the Military which is a spectacular 24.1 cm (9.5 inches) long open, but with only 10 cm (4 inches) of the knife being the actual blade, and you will really start feeling it’s enormous proportions.
The lack of any choil is much of the reason behind that blade feeling extra-large. Spyderco hardly has knives in which the blade is sharpened all the way down, however I am glad that the Persistence, Tenacious, and Ambitious are holding that trend. In some cases, cholis can be great, as on the Sage 2 for example, yet sometimes you simply want a little more cutting edge.
In spite of its large size the Resilience fits one’s pocket generally well. One of my most compact large knife is at 13.3 cm closed (if that makes sense). I find it about the same in terms of pocket ability, compared to my Military, even though in terms of blade length the Resilience predominates the Military. Be considered that the Spyderco Resilience does weigh 154 grams (5.4 oz.), and by itself, if your pockets are already full, you might find yourself wishing you were carrying a lighter option.
Spyderco Resilience Black G-10 Plainedge Knife – Lock
The Resilience utilizes a sturdy stainless steel liner lock, like it’s the smaller brethren. I have had the Tenacious since it got out quite a few years ago, and have never felt like the lock would fail. Based on my experiences with it I would image the Resilience is similar. It engages firmly with a nice thwack, and I presently can’t seem to see it move in any direction. No blade play at all.
After I reground it, the balance is not as neutral as the Tenacious and I am not sure if that’s my fault for removing so much steel from the blade.
In general, I don’t really find it exhausting to use, and for continuous cuts on fibrous materials like cardboard, I found its performance better than expected both in terms of cutting ability and comfort.
Spyderco Resilience Black G-10 Plainedge Knife – Blade
The full flat ground 8Cr13MoV blade is 3 mm (0.125 inches) thick, which as I would like to think is enough. I chose to grind off a significant amount of the blade to give it a clip point, as I mentioned at the beginning of the review, making the blade very acute.
Pointless to say, this is not a folding pry bar, yet rather a 10.8 cm (4.25 inch) long super slicer blade. I will be one of the first in line to snap one up, if one day Spyderco chooses to release this knife in a more fascinating steel like CTS-XHP amazing slicer.
Fit and finish is kind of perfect, everything is nicely cleaned up with no roughness or burrs (unlike the Urban), and centring is very accurate. For such an inexpensive knife coming from China its very impressive.
Spyderco Resilience Black G-10 Plainedge Knife – Liners
The stainless steel liners are summarized, yet I do wish Spyderco would just handle without full liners, and rather use a light integral liner locks like the one on the Military.The bottom line is that this would raise up the price altogether.
I often have to remind myself of the limits of manufacturing under a set budget while reviewing knives in this price range. I believe Spyderco gained a nice balance of price/performance taking into account its target market.
There is no choil on this knife as mentioned earlier, so in an unlikely scenario if the lock magically fails, you will not have anything stopping the blade from taking away your digit.
Jimping is strategically fixed throughout the knife, but sufficiently recessed to be comfortable.Saber grip is extremely comfortable, with the upswept portion of the blade working very nicely as the thumb slope.
Choking up on the blade is not really perfect, and I didn’t find it extremely comfortable.
Spyderco Resilience Black G-10 Plainedge Knife – Grip
Reverse grip feels extremely natural, and the Spyderco Resilience is extraordinary as a self-defence knife, considering it boasts a nice large blade length with a decent tip and clean lines, even before I reground it.
Pinch grip was surprisingly useful on the Spyderco Resilience. Open construction and the nice lean blade mean that as far as the folders go, I wouldn’t be against utilizing this to field dress larger game. Absolutely not a caping knife for sure.
Basically, the Resilience is an extensive EDC knife that is incredible at a multitude of different tasks. Even though I personally modified my own, out of box it is still a magnificent knife, just not exactly what I wanted it to be.
Reviewing knives,I have altered the knives especially because they weren’t in line with my taste previously, hence what I have modified is always a little awkward for me.
Just as with the Tenacious, in the case of the Resilience, as I wanted an even more acute tip, I wasn’t a fan of the out-of-box blade shape. It struck me how drop dead gorgeous these knives ended up being, after I reground them. For the Tenacious/Resilience series obviously, I question why this is not the standard blade design, yet I guess each individual have their own preference, and some may not need an edge so lean.
Spyderco Resilience Black G-10 Plainedge Knife – Conclusion
That being said, I have more than 200 knives, and I exclusively can’t think of many that feature such effortless, clean aesthetics as the Spyderco Resilience. For $40 you get a knife that performs well above its price point and is extremely well constructed. If you do decide to regrind the default blade and throw in some elbow grease, you can end up with an extremely stunning super slicer in your hands. I would strongly recommend it.
Changing and regrinding and the profile of the blade is not as scary as it sounds. You normally won’t even be able to tell that the grind is not in-house by the way I do it. I have had a few people ask me if the Tenacious I likewise reground isn’t some new in-house variant of the knife.