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delica 4 vs mini grip (EDC)?

Discussion in 'General Knife Discussion' started by John Vicino, Feb 12, 2019.

  1. delica4

  2. mini grip

  1. smilk327


    Apr 14, 2016
    The delica does have better grip area but the vg10 is a let down for me. If you get a new s30v one then mini grip hands down over standard delica. Personally I love the mini grip with the hole in it. You get Spyderco flickability and axis lock fidgetting in one package. In the end They are both great. If it’s a delica with upgraded steel like zip-189 then delica other wise base model vs base model mini grip.
  2. McFeeli


    Feb 13, 2017
    While I consider myself more of a Spyderco fan(I have more of them than any other brand), I voted for the mini Griptilian. It’s the ultimate size for carry, and it’s as comfortable in hand as it is capable. Haven’t found a modern blade to take mine out of commission yet.


    This one is probably my most carried knife of all, it’s currently clipped to my right pocket as I type this out.
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  3. Velitrius

    Velitrius Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 3, 2000
    The 555-1 Mini Grip is awesome in the CPM 20CV and G-10. The blade shape is just about perfect in my book.
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  4. Cscotttsss

    Cscotttsss Basic Member Basic Member

    Mar 3, 2015
    Tough call as they're both great EDC knives. I'd choose the Delica between those two but if you gave me the option of Delica vs. Bugout I'd choose the Bugout.
  5. cabfrank


    Jun 21, 2010
    I had a Mini Grip and sold it. I don't have a Delica, but I do have and love the Salt 1, which is quite similar, so my vote would be Delica.
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  6. Kreyzhorse

    Kreyzhorse Gold Member Gold Member

    Jan 15, 2013
    Hard for virtually any knife to beat out the Delica.
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  7. KCDR

    KCDR Gold Member Gold Member

    Jan 19, 2019
    try this:carry both for one day. The one you instinctively go to first is the one you carry from that point on.
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  8. smilk327


    Apr 14, 2016
    Very true I did forget about the 20cv variants. Those are all awesome.
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  9. kickert


    Jan 1, 2019
    Based on the comments, I am guessing it is going to come down to which one feels better in your hand. I say head to your local knife shop, handle them both, then go from there!
  10. mwhich50

    mwhich50 Basic Member Basic Member

    Jan 18, 2011
    The mini grip is too small for me, and IMO, expensive for what you get.
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  11. IL67Bp


    Jan 3, 2019
    I bought a delica in stainless and loved it at first (looks) but after carrying it and going to use it it's just too stiff even after days of opening and closing it. It still is a great looking knife and the blade was extra sharp. I like the ergos especially the jimping for thumb behind spider hole but I still would prefer my wife's mini grip to carry and use daily. Axis lock is hard to beat. I'm not a huge fan of back locks. My delica is now out of my daily rotation
  12. cbrstar

    cbrstar Gold Member Gold Member

    Sep 7, 2015
    I just find flat scales much more pocket friendly then rounded scales. But i've never owned a mini grip before and I'm asuming its less pocket friendly.

    I do have to say the mini grip imho is a slightly more modern and advanced knife then a delica. But at the same time it's alot more expensive then a Delica.
  13. kickert


    Jan 1, 2019
    I actually find the bi-directional FRN handles from Spyderco to be rougher on my pockets than the griptillian / mini-grip design. I do usually run some sandpaper between my clip and scales on my grips and that also really helps -- not sure the same would be helpful on the delica since it actually grabs further up than where the clip actually makes contact.
  14. sharp_edge

    sharp_edge Gold Member Gold Member

    Jul 30, 2015
    You mean the back lock is too strong for you to easily disengage the blade? If so, easy fix: just bend the lock bar SLIGHTLY with two pairs of pliers.
  15. cbrstar

    cbrstar Gold Member Gold Member

    Sep 7, 2015
    What I meant by pocket friendly is how much room they are taking up. My knives with round handles feel alot more bulky to me. I also tend to put my knifes in my back pocket so its nice to have a flat handle as I don't notice it as much when I sit down.
  16. IL67Bp


    Jan 3, 2019
    Sorry didn't explain that well enough. The back lock is ok. It's the actual blade action. It is not even close to being flickable . Kind of needs to be rolled out. Compared to my pm2 it's night and day.
  17. Sergeua

    Sergeua Gold Member Gold Member

    May 1, 2016

    Please don't bend your lockbars
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  18. colin.p


    Feb 4, 2017
    Not anymore it isn't. At least up here.

    I double checked and at our favourite online retailer from Vancouver, there is a 23 dollar difference. I have no idea as to what the difference is in the States but it's probably around the same. However, since I don't have a Delica and abhor lock backs, I wholeheartedly recommend the mini grip.
    Last edited: Feb 20, 2019
  19. sailfish

    sailfish Basic Member Basic Member

    Jan 1, 2019
    There's only one answer for me.

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  20. bikerector

    bikerector Gold Member Gold Member

    Nov 16, 2016
    mini-grip with the hollow-ground sheepsfoot is one of the EDC knives I've ever used. I never really got along well with the delica handle. However, I have 3 native 5's now instead of a mini-grip as it slightly edges the mini-grip out for hand comfort. But, I like the mini-grip's action and blade better.

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