Proof delica is a boss

Discussion in 'General Knife Discussion' started by Dallas T, Jun 3, 2019.

  1. cchu518

    cchu518 Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 6, 2013

    This wharnie shaped one took the Delica to the stratosphere for me! I've since put the original scales back on to save weight
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  2. BladeScout

    BladeScout Basic Member Basic Member

    May 16, 2010
    Ditto. I bought 'Wise Men Company' scales for my green Zome Delica but had gotten so accustomed to the light weight of the original that I put the factory original scales back on.
    Apart from bobbing the tip there is no need to mess with the Delica IMO/for my use. Not that you would chop off the tip of a wharnie of course.
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  3. JBoone


    Dec 30, 2012
    Delica was my first “modern” knife in the mid 90s. I really like the ffg 4 and probabaly need to try the wharncliffe.
  4. irons


    Oct 19, 2018
    A quick question for Delica fans. I have a few Spyderco models, but don't have a Delica yet. I do have a Byrd Meadowlark 2. Is it worth the upgrade to a Delica? I'm a light user so the steel isn't a deal breaker. Or should I spend a bit more and get a Para 3 lightweight?
  5. cchu518

    cchu518 Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 6, 2013
    I find the meadowlark to be a crappy knife without thinning out the edges. It's very strange as the Cara Cara is an excellent slicer. I've had two meadowlarks and hated them both as they felt really cheap. The delica and endura are off knives in that their handles seem to fit everyone's hands pretty good. A lot like the milli. I personally have never found the para handles to be comfortable.
  6. BladeScout

    BladeScout Basic Member Basic Member

    May 16, 2010
    Never had a Medowlark nor PM3. Do have Delicas, Endura and several PM2s.
    Short answer; there is NO way you can go wrong with the Delica. It's a great little knife.
    Buy one - you won't regret it. Even if you do regret buying a Delica you can just pick one up from the sales forum here and sell it again for what you paid. It'll be gone in a flash.
  7. Murdamook


    Nov 3, 2010
    Ugly is, in fact, subjective, smart guy. You still have yet to actually refute my initial point. My first statement was about how the knife, from what I’ve seen, rarely catches “flak”. That’s not a defense of anything; it’s observational. The best part about this entire exchange is that you’re accusing me of being a “butthurt manchild” (the irony of ironies is that I rarely see adults use the word “butthurt”), yet you’re the one who felt the need to include your completely tangential opinion on a knife.

    Let’s trace your faulty reasoning: Person A states that the knife receives flak. Person B states that they don’t see the knife take flak regularly. Person C responds to Person B by stating that “it’s easy to see why it takes flak”. Your reply was completely off base as I never stated it was impossible to give the Delica flak; simply that I don’t ever see it happen.

    Finally, if it’s so easy to see why people dislike it, why do the majority of people involved in the hobby appreciate the knife?

    If you’re going to reply incredulously, you should prepare for an in-kind retort. Also, if you’re going to say subjective things and get angry when someone calls them subjective, I suggest you leave the Internet all together. Save us the effort of having to read/scroll past your nonsense.
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  8. Spats McGee

    Spats McGee

    Jun 6, 2019
    A Delica was on The Short List of candidates for my last knife purchase. I may have to pick one up, after all.
  9. miso2

    miso2 Gold Member Gold Member

    Nov 19, 2014
    Always wanted to try Delica.
    But I got Chaparral FRN recently on an impulse and absolutely love it.
    Is it still worthwhile to try Delica?
    ZDP-189 option does look attractive.
  10. BladeScout

    BladeScout Basic Member Basic Member

    May 16, 2010
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  11. Swoop03


    Dec 1, 2012
    I love my delicas. I dont have my emerson wave one anymore though. Gifted it to my little brother when he got deployed to Guam for the navy. He bought me a Pacific Salt in return. He said my Endura was lonely haha. Super blue steel is probably my favorite out of all the others I have as well. It takes a ridiculously sharp edge and very easily I might add. I just wish they would have forged the steels together in such a way that it looked like a hamon. If you're curious about my clip, thats what happens when you work in a machine shop, break your clip, and fashion a deep carry out of a bandsaw blade. The spyderco clip shown is from my Endura for reference. I had a satin clip on the delica. I stripped the paint off and handrubbed it like the homemade one. It looked awesome.
  12. James Y

    James Y

    Feb 18, 1999
    I've been into one-hand opening, clip-carry knives since 1997, and my first Spyderco was a Delica. I'm not a knife collector (and have never bought any special releases/sprint runs), but I own more Delicas/versions of it than any other OHO knife design.

  13. Velitrius

    Velitrius Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 3, 2000
    I'm not a Spyderco guy at all.

    But I keep buying models, because I know they are quality products and at some point I might find one that works for me.

    I think the Delica is one of the finest pound-for-pound EDC knife options on this planet.

    I don't have one any more, and likely will never buy another, but that's still how I see it.
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  14. Knife_Nirvana


    Jun 7, 2019
    The Delica was my first "good" knife. It's what got me started collecting. It is nowhere near the cost or quality of most of the knives I purchased after it, in my opinion, but it's a great knife and was an entry into the hobby for me. I still have it, and occasionally use it.
  15. Shotgun


    Feb 3, 2006
    Sorry it took so long to answer.

    As for mods to the handle to make a choil like in the pic, why? Not sure what the point is as I personally don’t have a problem with the handle as designed.

    As for choils in general; they tend to be designed with a round cut out or worse, they have jimping. This causes material to snag. The delica has a flat and smooth ramp. Any material that hits that will just slide off onto the blade and get cut. That doesn’t work with most choils. Especially ones with jimping. I guess if you always have a finger there it’s fine but I see choils and jimping to be added features to try and fix an otherwise poorly designed knife. A good knife should be comfy and secure in all grips to include choking up but if the primary cutting hold moves your hand off the hand-le, it’s a bad design IMO.

    The only place I see choils as worthwhile is on large blades so that you can neutralize the weight of a blade heavy knife for finer cutting tasks to reduce wrist fatigue. I see no point to them on small knives.
  16. Shotgun


    Feb 3, 2006
    Spyderco’s FRN is better than most handle materials out there. I prefer it to my pakkawood version. Lightweight, durable and grippy.

    I think the delica is better looking than most knives. Sebenzas are ugly.

    Sharpening choils catch on material and there’s no functional reason for them. They are one of the DUMBEST features on knives. :confused:

    Flicking is dumb.

    I’m not the biggest fan of vg10 myself. That’s why mine are both hap40. Are you saying hap40 is “decent at best”? LOL

    Overpriced? Not to me. My hap40 delicas were a bargain. I would have paid more for them.

    Really, it sounds like knives are just toys or man jewelry to you. That’s cool but I use mine. Every point you made is laughable from the perspective of someone who sees knives as tools. In fact some of what you want gets in the way of using the knife AS a knife.
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  17. Whitedog

    Whitedog Basic Member Basic Member

    Dec 30, 2005
    Delica is hard to beat, great slicing knife. It's not a tactical prybar it was made for cutting stuff. Custom scales on my regular Delica and on my Wharncliffe model. The FRN scales are just a good but maybe not as pretty. Pretty does not cut.
  18. kylemiller

    kylemiller Basic Member Basic Member

    May 18, 2016
    Fair enough. We all use our knives in different ways. I strip a lot of cable with mine at work (soft copper inside) so having a finger choil is a huge advantage in that arena. I like knives to either have a choil or minimal space between the top of the handle and the bottom of the edge. The Mantra, Tenacious and Caribbean are good recent examples from Spyderco. That little gap on the Delica and Endura always bothered me in that way and figured a well thought out 50/50 choil could please both crowds. I'll even give ya back the jimping. Don't need it in the choil. How's that? ha
  19. irons


    Oct 19, 2018
    Thanks for the replies earlier in the thread. I think I'm going to pick a Delica up. Just have to choose a handle color now. I'm leaning towards the grey because it's less seen. But the light blue and green are nice too. Probably best price will decide it.
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  20. TheFactor

    TheFactor Life is good ! Platinum Member

    Feb 26, 2015
    You should get a blue FRN M390 ;) FTW

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