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    Spyderco Forum Registered User cmd's Avatar
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    Reasoning behind new blade shape?

    I like the blade shape of my Pacific Salt a lot. It has proven to be pointy enough for piercing, sturdy enough for hard work, and also a very good slicer.

    It seems that a lot of the new models have this same blade shape.

    Can some light be shed on where this new blade shape has come from and why it was chosen for the new Delica, Endura, and D'Allara?

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    A sturdy tip

    It seems as though the tiny drop near the very end of the blade allows more thickness to be carried to the very tip of the blade, making for a sturdier tip.

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    For sure for a sturdier tip, and possibly for safety reasons as well, since it's design to be for work around water.
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    Interesting question, it does make the tip more sturdy.

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    Hi CMD,

    When we began plans to redesign the Endura and Delica as well as design the Salts, we did a lot of research to determine what could be improved on the current Endura and Delica models.

    We spoke with customers at shows. We spoke with dealers and distributors. There were even a fair number of discussions on the forums. A lot of input was obtained from a wide variety of souces worldwide.

    One of the major complaints was tip breakage. The new tips were specifically designed to still be able to penetrate easily, but we made the tips both wider and thicker. The overall results of the pattern and grind changes approximately double the tip strength.

    We made many other refinements as well, but that's another subject.

    sal

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    Spyderco Forum Registered User cmd's Avatar
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    Thank you Sal.

    Please, tell me more about the other refinements.

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    You know, they look like regrinds after tip-breaks to me.
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    i like the tip on the salts, it does everything you could want. But i want to go on the record and say that the old delica/endura tip is quite practical. I have yet to have a problem w/ one breaking, and it sure does make some detailed cuts. But i have faith in Spyderco and i am sure that the new delica and endura are going to be 1000 times better.
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    Spyderco Forum Registered User Andre V's Avatar
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    I personally like the new tip, it does seem as thou is will be stronger. Mind you i haven't broken any of my other tips, with exception to my Spyderench. (I thought it was a prybar. )

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    Well, i had to change to Pro- grip for edc, after I broke the tip off the second Delica, so I look forward to the new blade with the stronger tip.

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    Replace the Delica? Knife perfection? Ha!

    <thinking to myself> maybe I should pick up a salt?

    Now a rust proof Delica. Big time seller.

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    Hi CMD.

    Stronger tip
    larger hole (13mm)
    jimping on the spine behind the hole
    Refined ergonomics
    4 way clip on both SS & FRN, clip screws into ss liner on the FRN versions
    VG-10 now on the SS models as well as the FRN models
    More effective "directional texturing" on the FRN models
    Dual nested skeletonized stainless liners on the FRN models
    Take apart construction on the FRN models
    New "hourglass" clip shape
    Blade and lock pivots go through ss liners on FRN versions

    sal

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    To make a point (pun intended) if you broke the point on your Delica you bought the wrong knife in the first place. I bought the Delica because I wanted its fine point and don't expect to use it in a situation where I will break the point - if I do it's no fault of anyones except me for using the wrong knife in the first place. If I did break the point I would buy another one straight away but I don't think I would buy the proposed new shape because that is not I want - I'll just hope that the old shape is around for long enough. To sum up I think the Delica FRN is the best lightweight EDC around and I recommend it as such to my customers and that's why its my best seller.
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