- Parent Company: Spyderco Inc
- Headquarters: Golden, Colorado, USA
- Product Focus: EDC, Tactical
- Target Markets: Budget (< $50), Mid-Range ($50-$150), Premium ($150-$250)
- Production Facilities: USA, Italy, China, Taiwan, Japan
Spyderco knives is based in Golden, Colorado and has been producing knives since the late-seventies. Their focus is on quality and innovative design – they have been responsible for the introduction of many features found on many pocket knives today such as the pocket clip, serrated blade portions and the hole used for opening. In fact, their first ever folding pocket knife included a hole in the blade which was designed to assist with swift blade deployment using the thumb of a single hand. This feature has become Spyderco’s instantly recognizable mark and found on most all of their knives today.
Over the years Spyderco has poured huge investment into their development effort and strives to find the perfect steel and handle material for each and every type of knife. Their knives typically feel great in the hand and are usually tremendously robust and resist wear and tear as much as you can hope for. This is why Spyderco remains a hugely popular favorite of knife collectors and enthusiasts throughout the world. You will also find military and law enforcement personnel tend to have a unique penchant for the Spyderco brand.
Now, not all their knives are made in the USA. In fact, a good portion of their knives are now made overseas in locations such as Taiwan, Japan and even Italy. However, this should not be perceived as a drop in standards as production quality remains extremely high at their state of the art facilities in these countries.
Some of the more popular Spyderco products include the Police line which has been a favorite of law enforcement officers for over 25 years; the Delica and Endura lines introduced in 1990 which shook the market for their amazing lightweight performance and affordability; the Military line which owner Sal Glesser designed specifically for military personnel and the Native line which is a true marriage of comfort and performance.
Besides these classic favorites check out some of the more recent designs which have won great acclaim in the community. The amazingly affordable Spyderco Tenacious is one of our budget favorites at Knife Informer.
Here are some examples of fine Spyderco knives also recommended by us:
Spyderco ParaMilitary 2
Considered by many to be one of the best folding knives available, the ParaMilitary2 is a perfect example of what this great company is capable of. It uses high quality CPM-S30V steel, G-10 material for the handle and weighs in at just over 4 ounces. Now, you will typically not find this baby under the $100 mark but once you hold it and use it you’ll know why. It’s frighteningly sharp out of the box as the flat grind leads to an unbeatable edge. It won’t dull or lose it’s edge without a heck of a fight and you’ll end up owning and using it for a LONG time. Beware the PM2 is often out of stock. My full review here.
The Delica4 is another wonderful example of Spyderco’s effective knife making abilities. It carries a flat blade with a slight curve made of high-end VG-10 steel and sharp as a razor. The handle is fiber-reinforced nylon (FRN) with unique texturing that prevents it from slipping away from your hand when being used. The locking mechanism is robust, reliable and effective with the blade centered almost perfectly. Overall this is a very well made EDC knife that is very popular among experts and newcomers. Oh, and it comes in five lovely colors too! Full review here.
The knife community’s fondness of Spyderco knives has extended to making custom versions of many of the popular models. A great example of this is seen in the work of Roman Pokorny of CustomSpyderco. Based in the Czech Republic, CustomSpyderco has produced a wide variety of customizations to Spyderco models for customers all over the world. Their work is exquisite and I encourage you to check them out!
Spyderco Knives Comparison Chart
Here’s a handy infographic showing the relative sizes of some of Spyderco’s most popular folding knives: