Pros: Blade Material, Ease of Opening, Overall Quality, Pocket Clip, Weight, Handle Material, Blade Sharpness
Cons: Lock Type, Lock Ease of Use, None
Best EDC I Own
I've owned this knife for about a year, and carried it every day since I made the purchase. It's the perfect combination of weight, blade steel, utility and ease of use. The Emerson "Wave" opener works extraordinarily well once you get the hang of it, much better than the DIY zip-tie solution you see on so many Spyderco EDCs. The VG-10 blade steel takes the sharpest edge of any knife I own, right up there with S30V. Simply put, the Delica is the best value in pocket knives, and this model's Wave feature sets it apart from the millions of other Spyderco's out there. My biggest complaint with this knife (and many other Spyderco's) is the locking mechanism. The lock-up is good, and there's no blade play at all, but the back-lock mechanism is frustratingly difficult to close one-handed. This is exacerbated by the fact that the knife is stupidly easy to open with one hand. If I'd had the choice, I would have preferred a liner lock or paid an extra $30-50 for a Benchmade-style bar lock. If you don't mind closing the knife with two hands, however, it's just as well-made and useful as a mini-griptillian at 2/3 the price. One last thing: If you plan to EDC this, learn how to pinch the blade to remove it from your pocket *without* actuating the Emerson opener. As fun as it is to have folks ask me how I manage to carry an open knife in my pocket, some people just go wide-eyed and start to back away when you produce one of these. And don't try to use the Wave cutout as a bottle opener unless you're wearing some pretty thick gloves.