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    Abusing the Tenacious

    I have been conducting a "torture test" if you will on the venerable Tenacious for the past month or so, putting it through anything and everything I can possibly think of. There is no science involved or anything of that nature. I am just going above and beyond to beat the hell out of my utility knife too see what it can withstand. Over the past month I have done a fair amount to it, from dropping off of a roof onto the asphalt, to just cutting things just for the sake of cutting them, like metal cans, etc. During this abuse, I will not maintenance the blade in any form or fashion, including sharpening. It has held up extremely well so far. I'll Update with pics and so on when I am done beating it to death, or if it finally gives in. Thus far, it has not really had any functionality issues, nor has it had any play develop. There isn't any rust formed either.
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    -Karahawk collector's club #015, Custom Scales, Emerson Wave, PE
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    Sorry for the quality of the pics. Came off of an old Blackberry torch.
    Spyderco Knives (in order of obtainment):
    -Tenacious G-10, Combo edge
    -Tasman Salt, PE
    -Persistence Limited Edition Blue G-10, PE
    -Pacific Salt, Black, PE
    -Delica 4, Grey FRN, Emerson Wave, PE
    -Karahawk collector's club #015, Custom Scales, Emerson Wave, PE
    -DiAlex Junior, G10, PE
    -Byrd SS Crossbill, PE, Custom Engraved

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    Im not a fan of the word "knife abuse" and prefer "hard user". I agree that the Tenacious is tough and is such a great entry level Spydie. Its my all around house knife and does everything I need it to do. I can deploy the blade faster with than any other knife. When I showed my friend for the first time, he thought it was an automatic. He also thought it was a $100 knife.

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    I use mine in very hard way, and the only changes i see is scratches and blade became much smoother. It flicks like a bullet and fall free when i press liner lock. Tenacious is a great design and only issue is not best edge retention.

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    I have it's big brother the Resilience, and it is easily one the smoothest, fastest opening knives I have ever owned. Also, it has zero blade play. Great, great value.
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    I've chipped the blade on my Tenacious several times. I just sharpen it off and keep going. Value pricing is a wonderful thing.

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    I ended up dragging it through a large pile of gravel/rocks earlier today, and then threw it into the pile a couple times too. The edge is all kinds of screwed up.
    Spyderco Knives (in order of obtainment):
    -Tenacious G-10, Combo edge
    -Tasman Salt, PE
    -Persistence Limited Edition Blue G-10, PE
    -Pacific Salt, Black, PE
    -Delica 4, Grey FRN, Emerson Wave, PE
    -Karahawk collector's club #015, Custom Scales, Emerson Wave, PE
    -DiAlex Junior, G10, PE
    -Byrd SS Crossbill, PE, Custom Engraved

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    And I'm done. I put it through quite a bit, ultimately ending up with an unusable edge, large side to side blade wobble, but it managed to stay in one piece.



    I cleaned and fixed it up. Its back into action.
    Spyderco Knives (in order of obtainment):
    -Tenacious G-10, Combo edge
    -Tasman Salt, PE
    -Persistence Limited Edition Blue G-10, PE
    -Pacific Salt, Black, PE
    -Delica 4, Grey FRN, Emerson Wave, PE
    -Karahawk collector's club #015, Custom Scales, Emerson Wave, PE
    -DiAlex Junior, G10, PE
    -Byrd SS Crossbill, PE, Custom Engraved

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    Spyderco Forum Registered User Revival's Avatar
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    What else have you done to it since your last posting?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Parhelion View Post
    and fall free when i press liner lock
    I have a Tenacious also and it is hard to beat for the price. You will want to be careful letting the blade fall free- the blade is wider than normal and the edge will reach your thumb quicker as the blade closes than with most other knives. I had to retrain my timing because I nicked my thumb one time closing it.

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    I agree the Tenacious is the best beater knife you can get and it will take a good while for it to die. I really like mine and its always around if its not on me, its inside my pick up or my work pack.
    Keep 'em sharp Endura4 (blk all edges, brwn, FG, SB, RG ZDP, blk tac, wave) Salt1 (blk, yllw PE H1)Tasman(yllw SE H1) Pacific salt(blk SE H1) Stretch(ZDP, SB) Delica4(blk CE, wave, SB) Drgfly2(yllw SE H1, org PE) Pingo(blk) Cat G10(blk) Centofante3 Ldybg3(FG,SB,Hwk yllw H1, tan H1, blk) Manbug (blk SE) Manix2(Ltw trans blue PE, G10 PE, Ltw dark blue frn) Para2(dig/satin, blk/satin) Resilience, Tenacious, Byrd Robin2 G10

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    Quote Originally Posted by Revival View Post
    What else have you done to it since your last posting?
    Ran it over with a Chevy Silverado, Threw it as hard as I could against a brick wall, cut many soda and soup cans, left it in the mud over night, used it as a hammer on nails, did some *light* prying, cut many wires, sharpened at least a hundred pencils one right after the other, and carved some lumber. Mostly I'm surprised the G10 didn't crack or break. It just garnered some scratches. But, needless to say, I'm extremely impressed with it.
    I learned through this abusive process that I don't like serrated blades. They're hell to re-sharpen and if they're damaged, like these were, It is very difficult to repair it. And even when they're repaired, they're not what they used to be.
    Spyderco Knives (in order of obtainment):
    -Tenacious G-10, Combo edge
    -Tasman Salt, PE
    -Persistence Limited Edition Blue G-10, PE
    -Pacific Salt, Black, PE
    -Delica 4, Grey FRN, Emerson Wave, PE
    -Karahawk collector's club #015, Custom Scales, Emerson Wave, PE
    -DiAlex Junior, G10, PE
    -Byrd SS Crossbill, PE, Custom Engraved

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