Spyderco Endura 4


Type: Folding
Blade: 96mm
Lock: Backlock
Avg Price: $66.50
Overall
7.3
Quality
7.8
Ergonomics
7.8
Value
7.0

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Overall
8
Quality
7
Ergonomics
7
Value
8
-Price Paid: $65.00
-Used for Every Day Carry
-Owned for Less than 1 Month

Comments:

I bought this knife for $65 (including Illinois taxes) on Amazon. The knife itself is awesome: Spyderco quality and opening circle, super-sharp, grippy handle, long VG-10 blade. The downside is 'I bought this knife for $65 on Amazon'! Is it worth it? Time will tell. The brown alligator handle and super-steel blade make me think so, but functionally, it's no better than my $40 Spyderco Tenacious.

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Overall
6
Quality
9
Ergonomics
7
Value
5
-Price Paid: $125.00
-Used for Self Defense
-Owned for 3 months

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When I first picked up this knife I was impressed with it's quality, feel and appearance so I bought one for $125. Problem is they sell on the internet for about $80.......my bad, I should have checked. It really does deploy quickly as long as you carry it in pants with wide pockets. When you draw, your elbow swings way out to the side, making it vulnerable and it closes with a loud click. You can't make it quiet. When you are sitting and your thumb is too big for the Spyder hole than the blade is difficult to open and very slow. Putting a cable tie "knot" in the Spider hole next to where your thumb is makes it work a lot better. OBTW, I have no business interest either way with this product. I suggest you try it before you buy it.

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Overall
9
Quality
9
Ergonomics
9
Value
8
-Price Paid: N/A
-Used for Every Day Carry
-Owned for Greater than 1 year

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The Endura 4 has been around for some time. This has enabled Spyderco to improve the design over that timeframe.
The VG10 steel is one of my favorites. No I don't think of it as wonder steel, but I love the edge it takes and how easy it is to sharpen. In addition, this knife went swimming with me in a river during a rafting trip. The VG-10 laughs at corrosion (this is fresh water, not salt water).
While there may be some out there that dislike this knife, it's one of my favorites in my ever growing collection.



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Overall
3
Quality
3
Ergonomics
7
Value
3
-Price Paid: $60.00
-Used for Every Day Carry
-Owned for Greater than 1 year

Comments:

I've owned two of the Endura knives from Spyderco as well as other Spyderco and Byrd knives. I also collect many other knives, both fixed blade and folders. They all see their fair share of use as well. Since my knives see a good bit of use, I routinely clean my knives, dry them, apply oil, and tighten all frame and pocket clip screws to be sure they are secure. Usually 1 or 2 screws will loosen up over time.

My main problem has more to do with Spyderco as a whole and partially to do with the Endura. I've had problems in the past with both Spyderco and Byrd pocket clip and frame screws stripping on me. The fact that Spyderco knives are the only brand of knives that I've ever had this problem with leads me to believe that Spyderco just uses sub-standard screws in their knives. I've never had these issues with any of the other brands of knives that I own.

After having an Endura frame screw strip on me recently, I contacted Spyderco customer support and they informed me that stripped screws are not covered under warranty, and because their knives are not made here in the USA, they do not stock parts for their knives. The only parts that they can replace are pocket clips and pocket clip screws. They do not carry frame screws.

The only other option that they could offer me was to buy a repair kit for $20 that is only made for Endura and Delica knives. This repair kit includes replacement FRN scales, steel liners, screws, bushings, etc. (So ultimately I would be paying $20 for 2 torx screws that probably cost about 3 cents.) Also keep in mind that these repair kits are ONLY offered for Endura and Delica model knives, so if you own another, possibly more expensive model, then you would be out of luck!

So after speaking with customer service, they basically told me that there is nothing they can do about stripped frame screws. Even if I paid to send my knife to Spyderco, they can't fix it because they don't have the parts and screws are not covered under warranty so they will not replace the knife either. Bottom line, I'm out of luck and the knife is now garbage because of measly defective screws! This is ridiculous people! Thank god I didn't strip a screw on a really expensive Spyderco knife huh!

Now, as far as I'm concerned if a knife is sent back to the company for repair and it can't be fixed due to defective materials, or even because the company is just too dumb to stock replacement parts, then they should be liable to replace the product! I don't know about everyone else, but I don't feel very confident carrying a knife from a company that offers no assurance of being able to help you when something goes wrong! Needless to say, I won't be carrying anymore Spyderco products after finding this out.

As far as my ratings are concerned,
Overall = 3 because of Spyderco's piss poor warranty practices. I would give a 0, but I gave 3 because they do actually use very nice steel in their blades.

Ergonomics = 7 the grip is okay but not super comfortable.

Build Quality = 3 due to their horrible quality screws that constantly strip.

Value = 3 Because regardless of my personal issues, I believe Spyderco knives are horribly overpriced anyways.


Comment by Darvin   03/02/2015
I own several Spyderco knives, including the Endura. All of them are good knives. I've had no real problems at all. I have noticed a loose screw on them and on other knives too. That isn't a problem for me. Any knife that I carry, as a standard operating procedure, I place a tiny drop of blue locktite (sp?) on every screw on the knife. I've carried knives all over the world. I've never had any screw related issues with this procedure in place.

Comment by maximushusky   03/26/2014
Although in all the spydercos that I have owned, I have never had any problems with screws stripping, I am sympathetic that you had to deal with poor customer service. However, a lot of the reasons that you give for giving this knife such low scores seem mostly based on this one bad experience with customer service, and not the knife itself. Even if the screws did strip, you still would have gotten a super lightweight, knife with a great VG-10 blade for the price of $60. i'm not quite sure what about that seems overpriced to you, but if you going to make a statement like that, you should probably please include some reasons. One last thing, why were you tightening the screws so often? I have had my endura for 2 years, and have never had to tighten any of the screws.
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Overall
9
Quality
9
Ergonomics
9
Value
9
-Price Paid: $50.00
-Used for Every Day Carry
-Owned for 6 months

Comments:

I love everything about this knife this is what makes Spyderco what it is today. This is the perfect EDC very sharp, very well built. Nice strong handles. Thick spine on the blade, nice pocket clip. Very easy to deploy for me this blade is just like eye candy. I want to say this is in the top 3 of my collection of EDC. I would give it a perfect 10 if it had G10 scales.

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Overall
10
Quality
10
Ergonomics
9
Value
9
-Price Paid: $49.00
-Used for Light Duty/General
-Owned for Greater than 1 year

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This is a great light duty folder. It is a great slicer. VG10 steel holds a good edge and it is easy to sharpen.Feels OK in the hand, a bit thin, but very light and nimble. Always keep in mind this is a light duty folder.It will work great for light duty tasks and can be used for self defense in a pinch. The blade is hefty but the liners and handles are a bit light. I think the handleconstruction will fail before the blade. Overall this folder will last a long time if the user understandsits limitations and usage. I think this knife is a very high value product in the Spyderco line. Most of the other Spyderco folders of this size and quality are double the price of the Endura 4. I own the flat ground blade model and the saber grind model. I think the saber grind blade is thicker and stronger. But the flat ground blade slices better.


Comment by voicejg   01/20/2013
If you are reading Mr. Arizona's review, you must understand that he must be an employee of Kershaw, Benchmade, CRKT, SOG or Cold Steel. lol i.e. he is the only person EVER to actually receive a knife from Spyderco that was in this condition. Unfortunately the overal scoring for this knife is impacted by this character's zeros. This zero should have zero effect on your decision to buy a Spyderco knife. Personally, I own the Endura with the ZDP-189 steel blade (fantastic!), plus several other Dragonfly, Delica, et al in VG-10 steel-all wonderful, quality knives.
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Overall
0
Quality
0
Ergonomics
5
Value
0
-Price Paid: N/A
-Used for Every Day Carry
-Owned for 3 months

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Ive got that spyderco for my every day carry. In the beginning i liked it very much. It was light and comfortable. After a month or less the blade start to move up and down everytime i begun to cut something. I had tighten the screws already....

Second thing- the clip started peelin off after a few weeks. 1/3 of the paint on the clip was gone. Third thing- the edge is very poor heat threatened. It loses his edge very fast, hard to sharpen. I hit a plastic bottle with my knife and the edge bended like a worm. Very unsatisfied with that knife and with the spyderco knives as a whole. I would never buy again spyderco knife.Never got a problems with my benchmade knives though...


Comment by maximushusky   03/26/2014
No offense, but it sounds to me like you got a rip off knife. VG-10 is a very good steel, and in my testing of it, it has maintained its edge very well. After carrying an endura for almost 2 years now, I have had virtually no problems. In other words, I just find it hard to believe that a real endura would have those kinds of quality issues.
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Overall
9
Quality
9
Ergonomics
9
Value
8
-Price Paid: $50.00
-Used for Every Day Carry
-Owned for 6 months

Comments:

This is an excellent choice if your looking for a larger-size EDC knife. You get a 3.75" blade in a sub 4 ounce package which isn't very common in larger folders. The handle has skelotonized and nested steel liners which give the endura 4 a little extra rigidity over the endura 3 without adding much weight. The ergonomics on it are excellent, and the handle design allows for different grips to be used (i.e. saber, reverse, ice-pick). the jimping is done well and is functional throughout the knife without being overdone or painful to use. the blade deployment is fast but a wrist-flick is neccessary. my only complaint is that the grind starts pretty low on the blade for a saber-grind. the actual edge is sharp but because of the grind, slicing can be a bit difficult. it deffinately isn't as smooth cutting as a full-flat ground blade. also, to keep a nice solid lock-up, you need to tighten the pivot screw a bit which will in turn slow down the deployment speed slightly. For the price, you get very good workmanship and steel and overall, a great knife.

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Overall
8
Quality
9
Ergonomics
7
Value
9
-Price Paid: N/A
-Used for Every Day Carry
-Owned for Greater than 1 year

Comments:

I bought this knife 2 years ago and have used it hard in the time since. This knife has held up well to everything I have thrown at it, including carpet, drywall, and even O gauge battery cables. The only complaint I have about this knife is the very thick factory edge (due to the shallow saber grind). It took me several hours on a ceramic sharpener to thin the edge out so that it would slice paper well. Overall it is a very strong and reliable hard-use folder, but personally I prefer something with a thinner grind.


Comment by Ding   03/26/2015
cant have both really sharp and edge it dulls quicker or the edge is more fragile. But you can cut paper. Saber grind and a little less edge angle and you can cut more than paper. I use a razor for hair and scissors for paper and my spyderco for everything else. Cutting phone book paper and arm hair isn't even on my list of EDC tasks especially when camping hunting fishing etc
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Overall
9
Quality
10
Ergonomics
8
Value
9
-Price Paid: N/A
-Used for Every Day Carry
-Owned for Greater than 1 year

Comments:

I've been using the Endura for my every day carry for a few years now and it has been a good knife. The VG-10 blade is pretty good on wear resistance and toughness and the knife locks up solid. At first I thought the knife would be too big to carry all day every day but once it's clipped on your pocket you forget about it. I would definitely buy another.

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Overall
8
Quality
10
Ergonomics
9
Value
8
-Price Paid: N/A
-Used for Other
-Owned for 6 months

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I have the all-stainless version of the Endura. Very stiff opening, which hopefully will loosen with time. I love the look of the all-stainless model, but it is heavier as a result of the added beauty. This is essentially a larger Delica, and one of the reasons that I carry the Delica is the size (smaller) and weight (lighter). This is a larger folding knife, and I don't carry mine as much because I also have other knives this size that I carry more (Paramilitary, Barong).

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Overall
8
Quality
8
Ergonomics
8
Value
8
-Price Paid: N/A
-Used for Light Duty/General
-Owned for 3 months

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I've had the endura for a little while now and it's turning out to be a good knife. I have the plain edge version. The lockup is good, the knife is light, the FRN scales are grippy, and I really like the spyderhole for opening the blade. It's really sharp and stays sharp.

It's a good value.



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