I purchased an Endura 4 FFG, VG10, FRN Black plain edge about 6 months ago. This is my second knife purchase that I didn't buy from a corner store. I have about 50 knives in total and had a big problem spending more than 15-20 bucks on a knife. Most of the other knives I own are 440a stainless steel and for the longest time that has suited my needs just fine.
Then the spider bit me. I broke down and bought my Endura 4 and couldn't be happier. I got a Kershaw Brawler for Christmas last year and thought that was an astounding knife. Once I got my Endura, it was all downhill from there.
Now I never leave my bedroom without my Endura in my pocket. I didn't think that a Spyderco could be that much better than any of the other blades I have, but I was truly mistaken. I cant say I will never buy another corner store special, but I will never consider one as my EDC.
This knife is awesome, yes it does inspire awe and wonder. The factory edge lasted for several months of use cutting cardboard at my job. I used a Lansky Sharpening System to put a 30 deg, with a 17 deg back edge. I can go a week at work, using my knife every single day, and still shave the hair on my arm. After that week I touch it up on a strop and am good another week.
I never would have imagined that VG-10 would be so much better than 440, but boy is it ever. I even dropped it outside one night when it rained. PANICKED when I woke I searched everywhere. Once I found it I almost cried because I thought surely the metal would have corroded or pitted, but alas, there wasn't so much as a hint of rust. I even checked with a 14x jewelers loop.
Don't get me wrong, it is definitely easier to put a razor edge on some of my other knives, but the edge retention on the VG-10 is simply amazing. It took a while to get used to a knife not having a thumb stud, but the Spidey hole is great. I can't find so much as one thing to complain about with this knife. I havent had to so much as tighten any of the screws, even the belt clip which I re-positioned!
The next knife I want to get I want to try the zdp-189 with g10 scales, possibly the military which has s30v, but it is a bigger knife and I like that. Plus who doesnt like camo?
THANK YOU SPYDERCO!