Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Knife Review: Spyderco Resilience

I bought the Spyderco Resilience because I liked it, but I never expected to love it, and that’s exactly what happened.
If you remember the “The Incredible $99 EDC Kit”, you’ve seen the smaller version of the Spyderco  Resilience, the extremely popular Tenacious included in it. At that time I asked people to show me a better folder in the $30 range. It’s the same case here with the Resilience, only that I like it much better: You will be very hard pressed to find a better knife for that price, or a better knife for twice that money in fact. It’s that good.
Spyderco Tenacious G-10 Handle Folding Plain Edge Knife
Spyderco Tenacious G-10 Handle Folding Plain Edge Knife
Why so? Because you’re buying a top brand, the construction and materials are excellent, the design is proven and makes sense all around. Because it fits perfectly in your pocket and the clip (excellent clip) can be adjusted in all 4 possible positions. Finally, because of the perfectly designed blade shape that is a mixture of good things, thick like a spear point and the slope of a drop point. Just ideal for general purpose use including self defense. The size of the Tenacious was ok, just a bit under 4”. Keep in mind that most “bushcraft” knifes are around 4” give or take. The blade of the Resilience with its 4.25 inches has every bit of blade you want plus that little extra that makes it as good as it is. This knife will slice through tomatoes and filet Mignon thanks to its full flat ground, but also penetrate easily and deep on an attackers body and leave a wide wound channel. While full flat ground is weaker than saber ground, the generous proportions of the blade both on length and width compensates for the grind.
The steel may not be the latest one used by all the cool guys, but it is still excellent and especially with a generous sized blade, all you ask for is ease of sharpening, excellent edge retention and good rust resistance given its carbon content. You get all that with the 8Cr13Mov used to make the Resilience.
Maybe the liner lock isn’t your favorite mechanism, but in this knife is beefy and very well executed. The G10 handles are light and comfortable, with a light checkering.
What more could you possibly ask? As I said in my previous post about begin careful about spending money, the idea of these reviews is to give the reader the information to make the right decision. Let me put it this way: If you don’t have an EDC knife already, or if you’re planning on getting one, get the Spyderco Resilience while its still reasonably priced. I carry a specific fighting folder and a general purpose blade in my Leatherman Charge on daily basis as shown in my EDC gear video. If I would only carry one for all, it would be this knife here.
The Spyderco Resilience can be found on Amazon in the links above, but it can also be found $20 cheaper in one of our Sponsors,  EDC Depot.(only two left!)
Enjoy the video, take care.

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Anonymous said...

You sold me, FerFal; I just ordered it from EDC.

Keep up the good work, sir!

Bones said...

What's the difference between full flat ground and saber ground?

These are very nice knives for the money and yet inexpensive enough that you won't feel guilty wrecking it through everyday use

Anonymous said...

The only thing I disagree with is the claim of rust resistance on this metal. I own both the tenacious and the resiliance, and the resiliance got covered with rust a day after not being fully dried after I cut up an orange. Otherwise, this is a great line for the money.