The Best Spyderco Knives – The Pointed Pioneers

You probably know what it’s like to come across a faulty blade when you’re trying to cut off a length of rope. I can tell you that it’s very difficult to find a pair of scissors that can effortlessly cut through a piece of paper without checking every drawer in my house, and that goes double for knives. Given the frequency at which knives are needed during the day, I’d say it’s well worth investing in a blade that’s more than passable so that you don’t end up with drawer junk.

Enter Spyderco, the US cutlery company that has pioneered many folding knife features that are taken for granted today (such as the pocket clip). Founded in 1978, this company never cut back on the quality or character of their knives and they’re still going strong today. If you fancy yourself a good quality knife, then you are definitely in the right place. So sit back, hold on, and let’s jump into some of the best Spyderco knives you can get your hands on.

Spyderco Tenacious Folding Knife

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I suppose there’s no better adjective to describe this blade then the one in its name. With a quality steel edge and a glass fiber handle, there’s no doubt that this knife will see it through to the end. And at almost four inches of cutting potential, there’s not much the blade won’t be able to tackle.

The blade itself is a combination edge with both plain and serrated sections, which is good if you want a little of both worlds packed into one knife. And of course it also had the trademark blade hole for one-handed use—and the pocket clip that can be adjusted in four different ways. If you just want to get your feet wet and don’t want to fork out more than you need to for a quality knife, then you won’t get much more for your buck than with the Spyderco Tenacious.

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7.8 inches
4.4 inches
8Cr13MoV steel
G-10 glass fiber
4.0 ounces

Spyderco Yojimbo 2 Folding Knife

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Here’s a nice-looking knife with a flat plain edge that’s not unlike some kitchen cutlery. It’s a sheepsfoot blade, which is good if you want precision when cutting and slicing and don’t need to stab anything. Of course, this knife still retains a pointy tip, so penetration shouldn’t be an issue (unless you have a thing against penetrating things).

Being a Spyderco knife, this thing is as tough, sharp, and durable as they come. It has a woven glass fiber handle that’s non-slip and impervious to chemicals, so you probably won’t ruin it unless you really try. If you can afford to dole out bit of a hefty sum, then be sure to give the Yojimbo 2 a try.

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7.7 inches
4.5 inches
CPM-S30V steel
G-10 glass fiber
4.2 ounces

Spyderco Endura 4 Lightweight Folding Knife

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Weight

Someone must have dropped this thing in a bucket of paint because that is some serious orange going on there. This blade is a drop-point, which makes the tip a stable (though not super efficient) mode of penetration. The knife itself is also pretty lengthy, clocking in at almost nine inches overall.

Despite the size of the thing, this knife is surprisingly lightweight, which is why the word is in the name. It’s not even a fifth of an ounce in weight (I wouldn’t be surprised if it started floating above the ground when left unsupervised). This is a knife for people who don’t like to carry around any more weight than they have to—and with a price like this one has, you can’t argue with what you get.

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8.8 inches
5.0 inches
VG-10 steel
fiberglass nylon
0.2 ounces

Spyderco Para Military 2 Folding Knife

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This model is about as straightforward as they come. The knife has a normal blade with a plain edge that makes it perfect for general usage. With a S30V steel blade and a glass fiber handle, this thing should be able to take whatever comes its way.

It incorporates Spyderco’s trademark compression lock to make opening and closing the knife as smooth and user-friendly as possible. This knife also comes in different blade and handle materials (and colors) in case you want to customize it to your tastes. Although definitely on the expensive side, this knife is great if you want great quality in a very simple format.

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8.3 inches
4.8 inches
CPM-S30V steel
G-10 glass fiber
3.8 ounces

Spyderco Dragonfly Folding Knife

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Small but effective, this knife will serve you well whenever you need to poke something. It looks like a spear-point blade, but only one side of the blade is sharpened, so really, it’s a drop-point (which is good, because as a spear-point, it would be very difficult to close).

Instead of the typical hourglass-shaped pocket clip, this knife possesses a simple wire clip that can be adjusted for right- or left-hand use. It apparently also doubles as a money clip (I’m not sure what kind of clips wouldn’t). If you’re looking for a more compact tool that can be carried around without much thought, then be sure to check out the Dragonfly.

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5.6 inches
3.3 inches
VG-10 steel
G-10 glass fiber
1.9 ounces

Spyderco Assist Lightweight Combo Knife

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Weight

This is a strange-looking knife and really looks more like a comb than anything, but it’s no joke. It was designed to be reliable and to function flawlessly when you need it most. You could think of it as an emergency knife that’s capable of cutting through seatbelts and breaking glass.

It’s a combo knife, but it’s mostly serrated. It has a bit of plain edge at the tip which means you’re in luck if you ever need to sharpen your pencil. Give this knife a try if you want to be ready for the worst.

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8.5 inches
4.9 inches
VG-10 steel
fiberglass nylon
4.3 ounces

Spyderco Dog Tag Folding Knife

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Weight

I would say something about how this looks like a dog tag, but that’s already been established in the name. But it really does look like a dog tag. It’s also extremely accessible because it’s so small and handy—and it doesn’t compromise on quality in the least.

The blade of the knife doesn’t lock open but is held in place by spring pressure, which makes sense given its size. Its pivot point is also accentuated to give it more stability and to add aesthetic appeal. Definitely the most innovative EDC knife on this list, you can’t go wrong with the Spyderco Dog Tag if you want something that’s more than compact.

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3.2 inches
2.0 inches
CPM-S30V steel
carbon fiber
0.3 ounces

Spyderco Police Folding Knife

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This is apparently a classic and one of the most recognizable folding knives of all time. It certainly looks the part, but it also acts the part. With a four-inch blade and a stainless steel handle, this shiny tool will certainly come through when you need it to.

The Spyderco Police knife was designed for law enforcement officers in the ‘80s, so it had to meet some serious performance specifications. Of course, it’s been improved since then and is now more of a knife than it has ever been. If you’re looking for a sturdy knife, this one is solid through and through and is definitely worth a chance.

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9.5 inches
5.3 inches
VG-10 steel
stainless steel
4.8 ounces

Those have been some of the best Spyderco knives out there. With a trusty blade at your side, you’ll always be ready for your next expedition into the woods. The uses for a knife are virtually endless and you’ll almost never regret carrying one in your pocket. I say almost because I cannot recommend bringing a nine-inch weapon through airport security. Not that I’ve ever done that—I’ve always remembered to put mine in with the luggage (and that knife was closer to a foot long). Anyways, at least you’ll never have a problem getting the tag off of your next T-shirt.

Hopefully you found this article helpful. If you have any questions or concerns (or just want to type something), then be sure to leave a comment below and I’ll get back to you as soon as possible.

14 thoughts on “The Best Spyderco Knives – The Pointed Pioneers

  1. Hello there,thanks for this awesome article it would be of great help to the public as it has been of help to me.i must say that you have done a great job on this article asitbis very interesting and also informative too.i like knives and spyderco knives are the best …I really love your selection.

    1. Hi Feji,

      I’m glad you enjoyed this article. It’s hard to go wrong with Spyderco knives, although some people would say they’re too expensive.

  2. Hello, I really want to first appreciate your effort in putting this great website together and writing this article. my fear for the spyderco yojimba knife started when i got cut during a camp out. i am amazed at its beauty and the firm grip it gives me when it is held. thank you

    1. Hi Benny,

      Knives can be dangerous, but they are designed to cut stuff, so I guess that’s that. I can relate to your incident, though. Not only have I cut my finger twice with scissors, but I accidentally put a staple in my thumb! It was a bit of a learning experience.

  3. The Spyderco Dog Tag Folding knife is an extremely good knife and I totally agree with your review and rating. It is very handy and you can easily transport it with you in a number of different ways. It is very dependable and can often do the jobs you want it to do. It is small and I recommend it as well. It makes a great gift for those that appreciate a good knife. 

    1. The Dog Tag is a very unconventional knife, which is one of the reasons I like it. It’s crazy small and light but it doesn’t compromise on materials (which is a bit unusual). You could stick it in your pocket or put it on a keychain and you’d probably forget it was even there.

  4. Hi! I have landed on your site and have stayed around for a while. There are so many good posts here. I’ll bookmark to continue reading further on.

    Thank you very much for listing the Dog Tag folding knife. I’m impressed how compact it is. It’s exactly what I have been looking for. I’m glad I found just what I needed.

    1. Hi Henry,

      I found the Dog Tag knife particularly appealing due to its crazy compact build, but a lot of people can’t see it being anything other than a novelty. I don’t really care if it’s not a “real” knife because the size of the thing more than makes up for that.

      I’m glad you enjoyed the website. Definitely stay tuned for more content in the future.

  5. Hello Isaac, I must say that this article is very helpful and informative. I was looking to get some knives for me and my cousin as a gift and I am glad I stumbled upon your article. Spyderco knives are definitely one of the best quality and I will definitely get two pairs, they are pretty affordable compared to its quality.

    1. Hi Danijel,

      I’m happy you found this article informative. Spyderco is one of the leading pocket knife brands so it’s no wonder that they’re high quality. I’m sure these knives would make a great gift for any blade fanatics (not sure if your cousin is), but knives can be used for so many things that almost anyone would have a use for one.

  6. Hi Isaac – This post contains a great education on pocket knives.  My favorite is the Spyderco Para Military 2 Folding Knife.  In all black it is really sleek and it is an all around general purpose instrument.  But it would also be great to collect all eight of them!
    Thanks for the opportunity!

    1. Glad you found the article educational. There’s definitely a lot more to knives that one would first think (I mean, it’s just a handle and a blade, right?) but there are all sorts of materials, shapes, and mechanisms that fall into the equation. I’m also a fan of the Para Military 2 because it’s so simple and subtle.

  7. This has to be one of the best selections of pocket knives I think I’ve come across. Apart from a couple they’re a good looking bunch. Can’t say the ‘Dog Tag’ does it for me, though I can see its usefulness. I have a really nice pocket knife that uses a Stanley blade. It’s mainly OK but there is a bit of instability to it when you apply to much pressure.

    I have to say that I’m taken with the ‘Police Folding Knife’ I like the proportions and the design style, with the stainless steel handle. At looks to be a decent weight, coming in heavier than all the others, had it not been for that, I might have been tempted with the ‘Tenacious’ one, which is still a well cool looking knife.

    1. Spyderco sure knows how to make a knife that gets the job done. And even though the Dog Tag may not be the sharpest of the bunch, it makes the list because of its crazy small size. Of course, if you’re somebody who’s crazy about knives, it may not be up to your standard.

      The Police knife has a nice look to it, but you’re right about it being quite heavy. If you can get past that, then it’s a solid choice.

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