Unboxing the Spyderco Tenacious

I must admit, since picking up my Benchmade Griptilian knife, I have become a bit more interested in knives. I will also admit, Smokeeater908 sure has helped to fan this flame too… However, despite all my recent browsing through videos and reading from different sites, I will say that I am still not all that knowledgeable on all things concerning knives, but that’s ok…because I am willing to learn!

I am still enjoying my Griptilian…but who says that I can only have 1 knife?! So, between Brian Green, Gizmo Joe and Smokeeater908, I have been wanting to pick up a Spyderco knife. They all talk really well of them in general, but the cool thing is that Spyderco makes a number of different models, so it seems like everyone has a favorite, or at least one that they like a little better than the others… After looking around and reading about them for the last couple of weeks, I can also say that there are some that I would like to have too! So, last week I picked up the Spyderco Tenacious…to get started! 🙂

To be honest, the reason I went with the Tenacious first was because it is so inexpensive. The MSRP is $59, but it is easy to find them in the $30 – $40 range. I picked mine up for $35 (shipped) off of Amazon. However, just because the knife is so inexpensive, I don’t think (or at least I hope) that it is a bad knife. Others that own them seem to like them pretty good, but of course, if you look around, there is good and bad about anything. Regardless, I decided to pull the trigger and make the Spyderco Tenacious my first Spydy knife…

So, how about some specs on the Tenacious:

  • Blade Steel: 8Cr13MoV
  • Blade Grind: Full Flat Grind
  • Blade Shape: Leaf Shape
  • Handle: G-10
  • Locking Mechanism: Walker Liner Lock
  • Skeletonized Steel Liners
  • Oversized Spydy Hole
  • Jimping in Selected Areas
  • 4-Way Metal Pocket Clip
  • Lanyard Hole
  • (**Click HERE for descriptions**)

Probably the biggest complaint that I read about these knives is that the edge does not maintain a sharp edge, even with moderate use. And of course, many people credit this to the steel that Spyderco chooses to use for the blade on the Tenacious. However, on the other hand, many people say that this steel is quite easy to bring back to a scary sharp edge… (this is good for someone like me who has not yet mastered, let alone learned the art of sharpening a knife…) Then there is THIS video that actually makes 8Cr13MoV look pretty dang good in a rope cutting test…

I picked up this knife with the intention of keeping it as more of an EDC beater knife. Until I learn how to properly maintain my edges, I am not to keen on abusing my Griptilian, so this is where the Tenacious will come into play. And of course, if I happen to lose the Tenacious, it won’t hurt my feelings as much as if I were to lose my more expensive Griptilian!

Anyway, my first impressions of this knife are pretty good. Right out of the box, it is scary sharp! (Maybe even a hair sharper than my Griptilian out-of-the-box.) Everything is in place and looks good on the knife. The blade is centered in the handle. There is no up-or-down motion when locked, although I feel like there is a tiny bit of side-to-side motion (but not enough to worry me). I moved the clip to my preferred carry and this was simple enough; no stripped or broken screws. The blade opens as expected, although it will take some getting used to using the Spydy hole…

So, I am looking forward to using this knife for a while to see how I feel about it as an EDC…and hopefully in another few weeks I can get either the Paramilitary 2 or the Sage…

Until then though, thanks for reading!


Disclaimer: I purchased this knife with my own money. The opinions within this post are my own and were formed after handling this knife with my own 2 hands. I am under no obligation to review this knife…I just want to…

About Stick

My blog is essentially a record of my hiking career. Through it, I, and others, can see how I have evolved from a heavy weight backpacker, to a smarter, more efficient, lightweight backpacker. Through the use of video, still photos, and of course writing, one can see my progression, as well as check out some of the places I hike, and not to mention some cool, lightweight gear options. For me, my blog is a journal, but for others, I hope that it is an interactive learning tool to aid them in their own progression towards lightweight backpacking.
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8 Responses to Unboxing the Spyderco Tenacious

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  2. Glenn Wellspring says:

    Hi Stick,….excellent review of the Tenacious and having had one for a while I decided to order both smaller versions, the Persistence and Ambitious, each serves a different purpose in my usage dictated by their different sizes and let me say that each are as good as or better than their big brother for their intended use, sharpness and maintenance are identical owing to the similar type steel between the three but my real purpose for replying is to mention the Edge Pro’s Apex and it’s virtues,.it too will sharpen kitchen utensils with the added advantage of portability, not that you will take it everywhere you go but for longer hikes and vacations it packs away intonation much smaller, lighter carry pouch and offers much better value for your dollar, having used both types extensively undecided to keep the Edge Pro and sold my Wicked Edge simply because for my needs, and skill level, I couldn’t justify the added expense of the Wicked Edge, you might want to give the Edge Pro a look see, and btw I also have the Spyderco Sharpmaker for tasks that don’t require profiling, it’s just quicker to set up and use.
    Hope this helps


  3. Steve says:

    Hey Stick…enjoyed your review of the Spyderco Tenacious knife. You made mention of the “Wicked Edge” sharpening system. I have owned one for several years now. It is the most accurate knife sharpener I have ever used. I have been making and sharpening knives for years and the Wicked Edge is awesome.


    • Stick says:


      Thanks for reaffirming the Wicked Edge! I know that Smokeeater908 is always referring to it, and to be honest, for a while I thought he was just calling his sharp edge on his knives the “wicked edge” but then I realized that the sharpener system is called the Wicked Edge…doh! 🙂

      Anyway, it is costly, but I think it would be worth it considering I can use it for out kitchen cutlery too! So, it looks like I have something else to save up for… 🙂

      Thanks for stopping by!



  4. Brows says:

    It’s interesting that you review this knife right now because I was considering getting that particular model from Amazon. Except I was thinking about the serrated blade. My reasoning is that I am terrible at sharpening knives and they usually end up duller after I sharpen them, if that makes any sense. I have had a $3 serrated kitchen knife for the last seven years that I bought at Target. I use it for everything in the kitchen and it never seems to get dull. I am thinking a higher quality serrated blade might stay sharper even longer and then I can sent it to Syderco for sharpening. My only concern it that this knife is a little heavy for backpacking, but it would be in my pocket not my pack. A bigger knife just makes a guy feel more secure in the woods.


    • Stick says:


      I am not a huge serrated edge fan…just never have liked them. I can agree with you about sharpening the knives though…it seems like I am the same way… 🙂 For this reason, I know I want a good, easy-to-use sharpener. Alot of people have recommended the Spyderco Sharpmaker, however, after checking out The Wicked Edge, I think I am going to save for it… Almost $300 (without the base) but it looks like a winner. Looks easy to set and use and also works on kitchen cutlery…which is great because I recently got my wife a nice set of Henckels…

      I do not use these knives for backpacking, for that I carry a tiny Ka-Bar Mini Dozier (1.1 oz) and to be totally honest, it is really a bit of overkill for what I have used it for so far. However, I do have a Mora (3 oz) that I like to carry if I think that I am going to be hanging around camp for a while…this way I can use it to tend so wood for a fire…

      Anyway, good luck with your decision!



  5. Erik says:

    I have both the Paramilitary 2 and the Carbon Fiber Sage. To be honest, I like the sage more for EDC as it has the IMHO best pocket clip out there, the spyderco deep carry wire clip. So this one gets 90% of my carry time. Bonus points for actually working with shorts which usually have very different pockets than jeans. (different, lower angles, makes the knife more visible)The Sage is actually one of the few, (out of nearly 60) knives that I own that work well with nylon shorts.


    • Stick says:


      Thanks for the tips on the clips. I can already say that this clip is way tight on the Tenacious. I am hoping that with some wear it will soften up a bit…but right now, this thing is a struggle to get in and out of my pant’s pockets…

      But hopefully, I will be able to get both of them… 🙂



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