Spyderco Delica 4 C11 Folding Knife

Reviewed by corwin99 on September 20th, 2009


I previously reviewed the older generation of C11 Delica, but the Generation 4 delica represents a major revision to this iconic knife from Spydero, and warrants a review. I also happened to receive the knife in a trade, so I figured, might as well!

The changes while significant, would appear to be rather superficial to a regular user of knives… only us meticulous types take such care into analyzing the knives to death, scrutinizing every little detail. The materials and size of the whole knife are largely unchanged, which a slight decrease in blade length.

The majority of the changes come in with the design and execution. Gone is the popular Barrel Bolt used to hold the pocket clip and allow left and right hand positioning of it. The new clip uses three screws like most other clips out there and can be mounted in any of the four positions now. You are no longer forced to carry tip-up.

The Blade shape is also changed with a slight curve to the tip, creating a stronger tip. The delica has always been a bit prone to tip breakage under hard use, this should help alleviate the problem.

The handle has a new pattern to it. Gone is the Volcano Grip that was so popular, and in with the new type of grip, similar to the Calypso Junior. The Bi-Directional grip that prevents slippage forward towards to front of the handle, and prevents slippage backwards toward the rear of the handle. Similar to the way tread is designed on Snowboarding Boots for walking in the snow.

Overall, the changes do make the knife looks quite different to the aficionado, and they add a level of polish and versatility to a knife that is already a great EDC. This should make the knife appeal to even more people. While I personally don’t find this new Delica quite as classic in style, I do feel that the changes improve the usability of the tool.

Blade Length: 2 7/8?
Closed Length: 4 1/4?
Overall Length: 7 1/8?
Weight: 2.5oz

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