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…