Pros: Blade Sharpness, Handle Material, Handle Feel, Blade Material
Cons: Lock Ease of Use, None
Outstanding model of Outstanding model Spyderco.
This Delica Pakkawood with Hap40 core is an excellent variation of the famous Spyderco Delica. I owned, used and sharpened many hundreds of knives over the past 60 years. Currently, I own about 40 Spyderco's alone, including the similar sized Sage and Chaparral. The Para Military2 in several variations is my all around favorite knife. Only this year did I purchase my first Delica, and it has become an immediate favorite for its niche. It is small enough to comply with the 3 inch limit of nearby jurisdictions, comfortable in the hand and large enough to be functional for most tasks. For me, the Delica is best used simply dropped in the pocket without a clip. This Pakkawood Exclusive is an outstanding gentleman's pocket folder for any occasion. It is stiff which will smooth out over time. I have grown to like the locking mechanism, and one hand opening and closing is easy for me on my other Delicas. This one is much stiffer. The design of the steel liners is good, but compared to the four other Delicas I own the fit, finish, smoothness and blade grind were not as well done on the Pakkawood speciman that I got. That was greatly helped with a full strip and couple-hour full hand honing and polishing of all parts, including the flats of the blade. But, this is not a custom knife, and so maybe that is to be expected. The wood color variation on the one that I got is a very nice mixture of light and dark. Normally, for regular tasks I, carry the Delica ZDP189 with British Green along with a Para Mil2, but for dress up, this Pakkawood with Hap 40 is so much nicer. Both steels are made by Hitachi with their modern Particle Metallurgy process and can produce an exceptionally fine hair-splitting edge. This model is slightly heavier, but that extra weight feels good. On mountain hikes, it would stay behind in favor of the ZDP189 model though. If i could only own one knife, and it had to meet the 3 inch limitation, it might very well be this model Delica.