I have not been posting for the last two weeks because I have been on vacation in California. I took my well-worn Spyderco Delica 4 with me for over 40 miles of day hikes on the beautiful trails in the Point Reyes National Seashore, which is in Marin County.
Last year, I brought my ESEE Izula along in my backpack, but the pack was so overloaded this year that the fixed blade knife did not make the equipment cut. Just the same, I felt fine carrying my partially-serrated, black-bladed Delica.
This is my go-to knife for EDC. The coating has withstood much abuse, evidenced by only a small bit of scratching and wear. For sharpness, this blade has never let me down. I find the Delica 4’s VG-10 gives outstanding edge holding. I have an original Delica with GIN-1 steel that cannot come close to the performance of the latest iteration of the knife.
I was pleased with Spyderco’s decision to give the Delica 4 the added strength of steel liners under the FRN scales. Compared to the 1990’s plastic handles, integrated pocket clip, and riveted pivot, the Delica 4 is much more solidly constructed.
It is comforting to know that you have a cutting implement that can cope with all manner of duties when you are out on the trails. My Delica 4 was the right choice for this year’s vacation. And it did not get stolen out of my suitcase like by brown Delica 4 once did!