Spyderco Resilience Review
The Spyderco Resilienceis an interesting blend of high-end materials, Chinese steel, and Spyderco design. The Spyderco Resilience is a huge hand filling knife and the big the big blade swings open with authority. It is a great value for it’s size and pedigree.
- Overall length: 9.375 inches
- Length closed: 5.25 inches
- Blade length: 4.25 inches
- Cutting edge: 4.25 inches
- Blade thickness: 0.125 inches
- Hole diameter: 0.5 inches
- Blade steel: 8Cr13MoV
- Handle material: G-10
- Weight: 5.4 ounces
The Spyderco Resilience has what I call “typical Spyderco” ergonomics. It looks a bit funky but it fills your hand nicely without any hot spots and it is comfortable in all grips. The Spyderco Resilience has a bit of jimping on the thumb ramp and on the liner lock which adds to retention without going overboard.
The Spyderco Resilience has G-10 for it’s handle material. I’m a big fan of G-10 as a handle material as it is fairly indestructible and offers a good grip. In the case of the Spyderco Resilience I think the G-10 needs to be a bit more textured as the handles can feel a bit slick but the handle shape and the jimping do a nice job of making up for this.
A full flat ground blade made of 8Cr13MoV steel graces the Spyderco Resilience. The blade is shaped like an over-sized Spyderco Endura 4 FFGand if you are familiar with that baled this one will seem like an old friend. The 4.25 inches of steel make this a HUGE folding knife in my opinion. It seems to dwarf the Benchmade Contegoand is as large as some of my fixed blades. It is capable of delicate tasks so I wouldn’t call it unwieldy at all.
The 8Cr13MoV steel of the Spyderco Resilience is fairly new to me. I found it to be reminiscent of a good 440A steel and a far cry from the pot metal that comes in the cheap Chinese knock-offs that are being hawked on QVC! The Spyderco Resilience takes a good edge and holds it for a decent amount of time. It will never be confused with the higher end steels like VG-10 or S30v but for an EDC Knife it does good duty. One thing I did notice is that it doesn’t seem to have as much stainless qualities as some other steels so a bit of extra care is required.
The Spyderco Resilience has a simple liner lock to keep the blade open. It might not be as sexy as an AXIS Lock or the Spyderco Ball Bearing Lock but for a budget knife it get the job done. I do like that Spyderco saw fit to make the liner lock large and easily accessible. It is a pet peeve of mine if I have to rip my thumb up trying to get my EDC knife closed.
Carrying The Spyderco Resilience
For a HUGE EDC knife the Spyderco Resilience slips easily into a pocket. The ability to set it up for either left or right carry and tip up or tip down is always greatly appreciated. Spyderco was able to keep the weight down by skeletonizing the liners and I don’t think 5.4 ounces is bad for a 4+ inch bladed knife. You won’t mistake it for a Spyderco Delica 4 FFGbut it won’t sag your pants down either. Even at 5.25 inches it isn’t a distraction in your pocket.
The Spyderco Resilience is an interesting mixture of top notch handle material, average steel, and Chinese manufacturing. If you dismiss it out of hand for it’s foreign manufacture you will be missing out on a good knife. Spyderco must be riding herd pretty hard to keep the quality high but they have managed to put together a well balance product.
I’m going to to give the Spyderco Resilience a 4 out of 5 Star Rating. It is a well balance knife and only loses out a bit do to the slickness of the G-10 handles but makes up for it with a superior price point! $40 never looked so good!
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