I had no idea where to post a knife review on a Gun Forum. However, to honor Travis Redshirt's ritualistic self-mutilation, I'm posting this review of the Spyderco Delica Emerson Opener to the GunDudes forum.
First, I'm not a knife geek. However, sailboats and the Sea will quickly teach you to keep a knife about; carrying a utility folder became second nature. Recently, with all the challenges of modern life, an EDC knife just seemed prudent.
I'd heard about the interesting Emerson opener folder; but never wanted to pay the freight for a true Emerson. Then I heard Spyderco had paid the royalties and brought out their own -- and affordable -- version. $66 later, I had a Spyderco/ Emerson (Over-The-Line reference anyone? Buehler? Buehler?) opener.
I'm pretty impressed with the Spyderco. The SS VG-10 2.5" blade is stout and very
sharp. The GRP handle is well textured for a firm grip. The handle covers a SS backbone that contains the knife pivot and blade lockup and release; the result is a very rigid knife and handle. The blade is not spring assisted, but the sprung lockup positively pulls the blade closed. Nine-thumbed Travis'es should take note.
What does set this knife apart is the method of opening. The Emerson Wave is a hook on the blade, designed to catch the back of the pocket when drawn. Carried tip up, the blade jumps open with an up, back, then down draw. Done properly, the hand is already correctly gripping the handle long before the blade is fully open. I can't imagine a faster draw. There were times offshore that I would've given the skipper's left nut to be able to quickly and assuredly draw a knife one-handed to take care of a line threatening to cut me in half or fling me overboard. Me likey.
What don't I like: I couldn't get a combination blade. Modern high modius fibers (Spectra, Kevlar, Dyneema, etc) are everywhere, like seatbelts. A plain edge wont cut the fibers as easily as a sawtooth edge. I'd guess the combo blade is coming: just makes too much sense. Also, the Emerson hook will TEAR up your pants if you practice the draw -- as you should. You'll need training pants again. The final dislike irritates me no end: shiny bolts. The knife is held together by bolts: nice shiny
polished bolts. Real shiny. Five bolt heads are visible when the knife is clipped in the pocket. The effect is like rhinestones against the blue/black of the plastic handle. Dumbe. I would've liked dark anodized bolt heads. Maybe Gail will lend me some black fingernail polish.
Here's a photo. I apologize for the poor color. The handle is actually a very dark blue/black. Darker than navy. And the blade is polished stainless: I don't know where the bronze color came from.
Above the Spyderco is my former
favorite walkin' 'round knife, a Kershaw Ken Onion Leek.