Spyderco is one of the most creative and original players in the knife world. Their trademark round hole in the blade has become an iconic symbol of one of America’s most successful and original knife manufacturers. Famed and appreciated for simplicity of design, functionality, and reliability, Spyderco knives are a must-have for any serious huntsman, blade collector, or aficionado. One of the earliest and best known Spyderco blades is the ever-popular Endura. This lightweight blade, with its elegant design and ergonomic handle, has withstood the test of time to become an American classic and a worldwide phenomenon.
At the time of its inception in the 1980s, the blade was revolutionary. The rounded hole in the blade created the one-hand-open pocket knife and has been Spyderco’s signature design feature ever since. As with any blade designed by this giant of American blade manufacturers, development and improvement on the original never stopped, bringing us to the current incarnation of an old faithful, the Endura 4.
What makes the Spyderco Endura 4 stand out from its competitors?
Though the original Spyderco Endura was a well-designed and ergonomically adapted knife, Spyderco’s policy of constant quality improvement (CQI) means that the Endura 4 has gone through some changes. Though inspired by the original, it has evolved and has a personality all of its own.
For one, it’s lighter than the original Endura. It is also more streamlined. Its bi-directional textured handle and slip-resistant jimping at the blade’s spine offer a secure grip, even in wet weather.
Additionally, its trademark hole is slightly larger than the original, offering an easier and faster action when unlocking the blade. It remains completely ambidextrous and one-handed.
Though the Endura 4 is almost as long as the original, it is much lighter and easier to handle. This is due to the materials used in its production.
The grip is made from injection-molded fiberglass-reinforced nylon, making it light and durable. Its stainless-steel liners offer greater internal stability and a more solid and sturdy construction than the original, without compromising on weight.
The blade is the star of the show. Made from VG-10 stainless steel, it is light, sturdy, and extremely sharp while retaining the high quality and durability that are the trademark of all Spyderco blades.
The model comes in two variations - the PlainEdge and the CombinationEdge - catering for all uses and tastes, with a solid lock mechanism that will keep the blade secure once opened and offers the feel of a fixed blade.
The Spyderco Endura 4 knife’s screw construction provides a solid and sturdy blade that can be taken apart for cleaning easily and can then be put back together with little fuss.
All in all, the Spyderco Endura 4 is a great knife with a proud pedigree, evident in the care and materials used in its production. A definite winner and a must-have for any avid knife collector and user.