Spyderco is a company that’s based in Golden, Colorado that’s known for making some of the best knives in the world. They’re exceptionally well known for their first folding knife—a knife that was introduced 39+ years ago and had some features that wowed the market. These knives were available with an aggressive serrated edge, had a clip for carrying on the pocket, and best of all, they had a hole in the blade that allowed for one-handed opening.

Over the years, these knives have become the standard that many companies have tried to emulate. These are knives made for knife enthusiasts and are widely considered to be some of the best in the world. And because they make a wide variety of different knives, knife enthusiasts have plenty of different models to choose from. We know because we’ve reviewed the best Spyderco knives. Knives we’ll now introduce to our readers.

Quick Summary of the Best Spyderco Knives

Editor’s Choice: Spyderco Delica 4 Lightweight Knife

Spyderco may have been making high-quality knives for over four decades now, but the Delica series of lines was only introduced by them in 1990. It was a knife that’s closely related to the Spyderco Endura–a knife that helps to pioneer lightweight, clip-carried and lightweight knives. Asa result, the choice of material used for these knives, Fiberglass-Reinforced Nylon (FRN) was immensely popularized by the Endura series.

Sixteen years after the Spyderco Delica was introduced to the market, the company decided to redesign the model and they released the Delica 4. This knife series was manufactured with a couple of key goals in mind. The company wanted to increase the knife’s strength and do it while keeping it’s weight to the absolute minimum. They were able to accomplish this goal by using skeletonized stainless-steel liners that were encapsulated in Fiberglass Reinforced Nylon that provided an excellent grip.

The final result of all their hard work is this updated version of the Delica 4. This knife has all of the features that consumers want out of a knife but without any of the drawbacks. They feature 2.9-inch flat-ground blades made of VG-10 steel that have a refined edge for cutting and a 13mm opening hole that allows the user to open it quickly. These knives also have handles that are available in a wide assortment of different colors that include black, blue, green, brown, purple, orange and grey handles.

Molded directly into this knife’s handle is a bi-direction texture that allows the user to handle the knife easily and provides the user with the necessary resistance to keep it from slipping in their hand. These knives have a 4.25-inch handle, which gives the knives an overall length of about 7-inches. And since these knives weigh under 4-ounces, they are easy enough to carry by just about anyone and to use for just about any job.

What we liked about it
  • These knives are extremely lightweight.
  • These knives are easy to handle.
  • They feature a super-sharp flat-ground blade.
  • They’re available with a wide assortment of handle colors.

Also Recommended: Spyderco Manix 2 Lightweight Folding Knife

No, the Spyderco Manix 2 isn’t a 1960s-1970s television show featuring Mike Conners and Gail Fisher but is a knife that is known for its ability to be opened with either hand and for some pretty cool features that help to increase its tactile strength. It’s a knife that’s designed to hold up to some heavy work and is capable of being used in even the most demanding of physical environments. Although it is a little more expensive than other knives, it is in our opinion one of the best Spyderco knives available.

This is a knife that was initially introduced to the knife-carrying public in 2004. That first version was nice and had an S30V blade and G-10 handles, but Spyderco wanted to improve it even further, so they released this knife—the Manix 2. This knife was designed by Eric Glesser, the son of Spyderco’s founder, and it was released to the general public in 2009. Because of many of its features, it was an instant hit and continues to be popular over a decade later.

This knife features a 3.37-inch blade, has an overall length of 8-inches and a close length of 4.625-inches. It’s not as light as the Delica 4, but it’s not considered to be a heavy knife either with a weight of approximately 5-ounces. This product features a blade that is made from the newly developed BD-1 Carpenter steel. This steel has become popular among many knife enthusiasts because it has high carbon and chromium levels that offers great edge retention and strength.

This high-quality steel blade is flat ground with a choil and spine jimping, and an oversized round hole that makes it easy to open. Another thing that makes this knife an exceptional one is that this high-quality blade is then placed into a handle that features Edgetek Fiberglass-Reinforced Co-Polymer construction that comes in beautiful dusk blue color and is easy to hold onto because of bi-direction texturing on the handle’s scales. These knives also feature a strong ball-bearing lock that allows the knife to withstand the stress that other knives would fail under.

What we liked about it
  • This is an exceptionally strong knife.
  • This knife has an overall length of approximately 8-inches.
  • It has a high-strength ball-bearing lock.

Also Consider: Spyderco Efficient Value PlainEdge Knife

If there was one thing we learned while reviewing Spyderco knives is that the knife enthusiast doesn’t have to spend a fortune to have a great knife. And there’s probably no knife in their collection that proves it more than their value line of knives. The knives in this collection are less expensive than many of their other knives, but that doesn’t mean that they’ve skimped on quality. No, quite the opposite. We feel these are great EDC knives for people to carry throughout their day.

This knife has an overall length of 7.07-inches, had a 2.98-inch drop-point blade, and a 4.09-inch handle. The blade is machined using 8Cr13MoV stainless steel and is equipped with a PlainEdge cutting edge that allows for low-friction cutting. The blade is a little bit thicker and a little bit heavier than we would’ve liked, but it was still of high-quality and we think that anyone would be happy using this knife for their day-to-day work.

Another thing that we liked about this knife was its handle. This model is equipped with a black G-10 laminate handle that’s designed with the ergonomics of the user’s hand in mind and features a small hole that can be used to attach FOBs to it or attach the knife to a lanyard. This is a knife that’s not only suitable for everyday carry, but also for placing into a bug out bag, or for use around the home.

Even though we wouldn’t classify this knife as the best Spyderco knife available, we do think that it’s a worthy addition to our best-of list. We feel that these knives are great for people who may be new to Spyderco knives or for consumers to give as Christmas or Father’s Day gifts. Anyone would be proud to have one of these knives on their pocket.

What we liked about it
  • This is an inexpensive knife.
  • This knife opens very smoothly.
  • This is a well-made knife.

A Guide To Spyderco Knives

Since we know that not everyone is familiar with Spyderco or the knives they make, especially people who may not be knife enthusiasts, we thought that we’d write a guide to serve as sort of a primer to them. In this guide, we hope to teach our readers more about this company and some of the products that they make year after year. Now that we’ve stated our goal for this guide, let’s jump in with both feet and start our adventure together talking a little bit about the history of Spyderco. 

The History Of Spyderco

The story of Spyderco can be traced back to 1976. This is when Sal Glesser and Gail Glesser worked hard to try and sell their very first product—a product that was known as the Tri-Angle Sharpmaker. At this point, they didn’t have a distribution outlet, so they primarily tried to sell the knives at trade shows and country fairs all over the United States. This met with various degrees of success until they were finally able to set up a more permanent shop in 1981.

1981 was the year that they started the company officially and located it in Golden, Colorado. They then released their very first Spyderco folding knife. This knife was different from many of the other ones that were available at the time because it was equipped with a round hole that the knife-wielder could use to open and close the knife. Although that was the most noticeable feature about these knives, that wasn’t the only innovation that could be found on them.

These knives were also known for a handle clip that allowed the knife to be carried at the top of a pocket and they were available with the option of a serrated edge if the user decided that was best for them. After the initial release of these knives, Spyderco embraced an uptick in their popularity and it wasn’t long before they became known as one of the leaders in the knife making industry. Nowadays, they’re appreciated by thousands upon thousands of knife enthusiasts not only in the United States but around the world as well. 

Choosing A Spyderco Knife

Now that we know a little bit more about the company that produces these knives, it’s time to turn our attention to helping our readers buy the perfect knife. Although it’s practically impossible for us to figure out what knife is ideal for any individual without first knowing about their needs and wants, what we can do in this space is to give potential knife enthusiasts some information that will help them come to the conclusion themselves about which blades are best for them. 

Step One: Consider The Purpose

Without knowing what they need their knife to do, the consumer has no chance of knowing which knife is right for them. Do they need a knife for opening cartons, or do they need the knife for some other purpose such as self-defense? If a person is looking for a lightweight blade for work, then they might want to try a knife from the Delica or Endura series of knives. If they need a knife that’s best for self-defense, then they might want to try Maxin or Military-model series of knives. 

Step Two: Compare Needs Against Standard Models

Once the consumer knows what they want their knife to be able to do, they are then going to want to make sure they select a knife that matches up to their expectations. Below are some of the different categories that knives can be used for, as well as some of the knives in those categories. As our readers browse through the following lists, they may notice that some knives are in several different categories. We assure our readers that isn’t a mistake. Some Spyderco models do fall into different usage categories, so consumers may want to keep that in mind. 

Every-Day Carry (EDC) Knives

  • Clip Tool Rescue Or Standard
  • Delica 4
  • Endura 4
  • Harpy Stainless
  • Manix 2

Tactical Knives

  • Civilian G-10
  • Delica 4
  • Endura 4
  • Matriarch 2
  • Military Models

Outdoor Knives

  • Delica 4
  • Endura 4
  • Para 3
  • Native Series
  • Proficient Series

Step Three: Consider The Budget

The next thing that the consumer absolutely has to think about is their budget. There are some Spyderco knives that are under $50 and others that cost well over $300. And of course, there’s a whole lot of different knives available in between these two price extremes. Therefore, the consumer should make sure that they look for a knife that fits their needs but doesn’t exceed what they’re willing to spend on the knife. 

Step Four: Some Final Considerations

Before we end this guide, we think that there are a few other things that the consumer might want to think about before picking up their next knife. Although we don’t have the page space or the time to get into specifics for the following bullet points, we do think that they’re important for the consumer to think about before they buy a Spyderco knife. 

  • What’s The Blade Made Of?
  • Is The Knife Ergonomic?
  • Does It Have Any Additional Features?