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The Spyderco Waved Delica is an awesome all around knife that can handle mundane chores like cutting tape, opening boxes, slicing salami, or more intense jobs like defending your life.

The Delica comes in several flavors- Waved, non-waved, and several different colors of handle. For the Waved version, as of now, there is only 1 handle color available, which is a dark bluish gray. (The Red trainer handle doesn’t count!) There is a limited edition “Toxic Green” colored handle available to members of the Usual Suspects Network that can occasionally be found on eBay. For those not familiar with the Emerson Wave, see this Emerson Commander Wave video.

Even though the handle appears to be plastic, it’s not totally. There are steel liners under the plastic handles that add quite a bit of strength, while the plastic (actually, FRN- Fiberglass Reinforced Nylon) makes the knife light and provide secure grip with unique and comfortable texture.

For all versions, there are 3 edge configurations-

  • Plain
  • 50/50 plain/serrated
  • Fully serrated.

There is also a choice of standard “Spyderhole” thumb opening hole, or Spyderhole and Emerson patented “Wave” remote opening system.

Today we’ll be looking at a plain edged Delica equipped with the Emerson “Wave” remote opener, along with the matching trainer drone.

First, the stats. The Delica features a 2 7/8 inch blade (actual sharpened portion is 2 5/8ths), and an overall length of 7 1/8 inches. It’s not a large knife by any stretch of the imagination, but, its small size is its strength. The sub 3 inch blade is legal to carry just about everywhere, feels good in smaller hands, and is easily concealed. For those looking for something a little bigger, check out the Spyderco Endura. It’s the Delica’s bigger, badder brother. We’ll be reviewing it in a future article.

The Delica is also one of the few knives on the market to feature a 4 way clip, which allows the user to set the knife up for left or right hand carry, forward or reverse grip draw, and tip up or tip down orientation. Please note that the Emerson Wave feature only works when the knife is setup “tip up”.

For light utility work, the Delica is just fine. It’s good for cutting most light materials, and the point is fine enough for detailed work. For cutting rope, twine, or other fibrous materials, I’d recommend either the partial or fully serrated blade. In general, the 50/50 blade profile is a good compromise for general tasks and for self defense work.

The handle design feels best in the standard forward grip, edge down, or reverse grip, edge out. When in forward grip edge down in a saber type grip, the jimping on the back of the blade right above the hole adds very good grip and tactile feel. Forward grip edge up (for self defense purposes) feels OK, but not great due to the curvature of the handle. Forward grip edge up is useful for situations where you already have the knife in your hand, and are using the thumb in the spyderhole to open the blade. This is the fastest, most secure way to open the knife quickly, under stress because it keeps the most secure hold on the knife while opening the blade.

When drawing from the pocket for forward grip, edge down is the best orientation to go for. When drawing into reverse grip, either orientation (edge in or out) is relatively easy to achieve. How you adjust your grip when you close your hand around the knife once the draw is completed, will determine the edge orientation. Edge out feels best, and generally has the most utility. We will be doing an article talking about the different edge orientations and the pros and cons of each in a future article coming soon, so stay tuned.

The trainer drone, is almost an exact copy of the live blade, except for the obvious red handle, and rounded off, blunt blade with holes in it. It feels exactly the same, and handles and draws exactly the same as the live blade, so it makes for realistic practice. If you plan on using a knife, especially a folding knife, it’s imperative that you practice your draw under pressure against a non-cooperative opponent. Again, we will have an article talking about best practices for training with folding knives, so keep checking back here to read that as well.

Bottom line- this knife is a good all around knife for self defense or utility purposes that feels good in average or smaller sized hands. It might not be great if you have huge paws, but otherwise it feels great for a smaller knife. It comes very sharp from the factory,  holds an edge nicely and isn’t difficult to resharpen. The only improvement to this knife would be a Tom Krein re-grind. I’ll be doing a review of a Krein regrind in the future, so keep your ear to the ground here about that as well.

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