Spyderco Delica

Discussion in 'General Knife Discussion' started by ASBOB, Aug 3, 2020.

  1. ASBOB


    Feb 8, 2008
    I posted this last week in the Spyderco forum, but got no replies:

    I'm thinking of getting the Delica Wharncliffe. The handle length is perfect, but I'd like the handle to be thicker. Is there anybody who builds up the handle on these? Any other knife you'd suggest with this length and a wharncliffe blade?

    Anyone know a craftsman who could do this job? Or an alternative (wharncliffe blade, dame length closed, but a thicker handle)?
  2. Dadpool

    Dadpool Gold Member Gold Member

    May 18, 2015
    Visit BladeHQ's site and run a search filtered by blade length and blade shape. 94% of their listings note the handle thickness.

    Whenever I'm after a knife "like X, but different," I run a search along these lines to get a feel for what's out there.

    On the crafting front, there's a subforum here for members who offer various services, including scale-making, and another for requests. Both are under KnifeMaker's Market. :)
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  3. DocT


    Mar 25, 2012
    BOOMER52 on this forum might be able to do it.

    I think the Delica is about perfect as it is. Have you held one? I own several of them and even though I have a big hand I find the knife works well. However, there is also the Native 5, which does have a thicker handle and is in the same size range.
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  4. Gizler00

    Gizler00 Gold Member Gold Member

    Feb 19, 2006
    Like Doc said....have you held one yet? I think you might be surprised by how well it feels in the hand. I have XL-XXL hands and it feels great in my hands. I am currently EDCing one as I type this.
    But like others have said, there are a few guys on here that can hook you up with some new scales if you want.
  5. Cscotttsss

    Cscotttsss Basic Member Basic Member

    Mar 3, 2015
    Yeah, I'd handle one first if possible. If you can't do that, just order it, you won't be disappointed. It's a great one, especially the Wharncliffe version. My favorite Delica I own.

    [​IMG]Untitled by Caleb Bender, on Flickr
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  6. jideta

    jideta Gold Member Gold Member

    Apr 8, 2020
    Just got an Endura and in my searches I found a lot of folks doing Delica scales. Just do a search.
  7. Hackenslash

    Hackenslash Don't feed the Trolls Platinum Member

    Jul 25, 2014
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  8. buckeyejake


    Dec 28, 2013
    I buy them for a starter knife for youngsters. I believe they are a good buy .
  9. ASBOB


    Feb 8, 2008
    Trust me, I've got three already.

    Some very good suggestions here.
  10. jideta

    jideta Gold Member Gold Member

    Apr 8, 2020
    My new Endura scales.
    Just a tad thicker without adding significant weight.



    Also made for the Delica.
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  11. DocT


    Mar 25, 2012
    Those are gorgeous! Who made those?
  12. jideta

    jideta Gold Member Gold Member

    Apr 8, 2020
    I got them from Indiana Blade Works
    The box says 'wisemencompany.com' but I think red is exclusive to IBW
  13. DocT


    Mar 25, 2012
    Thanks! Were they drop in, or did you have to do any fitting?
  14. jideta

    jideta Gold Member Gold Member

    Apr 8, 2020
    Straight forward. There's a video on youtube.
  15. cchu518

    cchu518 Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 6, 2013
    They make aftermarkets for sure. I found these scales on online for $18!

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  16. ASBOB


    Feb 8, 2008
    That's great. Where did you find those?
  17. cchu518

    cchu518 Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 6, 2013
    No dealspotting for non sponsor vendors but it's one of the 2 big online vendors. I'm thinking they may have sold out but these were extras of another makers scales I forget their name I almost bought a set for my Endura but I decided I prefer the slimness of the delica.

    An Native is basically a Delica with a pudgy handle if you decide you dont want the wharnie. I love wharnies but the usual Delica, Endura and Native packages are amazing. They're also very interchangeable in a lot of ways if you got one of em you got em all. I currently have just 2 of the 3 and whichever one I happened to be using is my favorite of the 3 in that instant.

    Although when I did have the Delica bc it was so compact I seldom carried my other knives. I dare say that most life nerds on blade forum the great majority don't actually use their knives every single day although they like to pocket them including myself with that in mind the most useful blades to me are the most compact and lightweight which cover about 80% of all cutting tasks versus my beefier knives or my fancy schmancy ones like my insigno from CRK which could be a one knife do it all knife.

    I often carry a $20 Gerber LT or it's newer version the US1 because the thing has an almost 3-in blade and weighs only 1 oz and with a just ok steel 420HC. The HC makes a difference.
  18. I have a Plain Jane wharnecliffe Delica. It is a nice 3” blade folder. The Delica has been around forever for a reason.
  19. rustyspike


    Jan 17, 2016
    I have a Delica wharnecliffe. Gets a ton of pocket time.

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