Good morning gents. Well, I've bollocksed it with my everyday pocket knife. I have managed to misplace it (read that; lost it) and I don't know how I will get on without it at work. I had carried it for nearly fifteen years and was amazed it didn't happen earlier. You know how it goes with that sort of stuff. Some attrition is expected.
Alright, down to specifics. The knife was a Spyderco Delica. I know there are several generations of these and I can't tell you which one I had. I can give you specifics as to size and blade style. It had a 2-7/8" blade (I am taking Spyderco's word that it was not really 2-15/16") and was about four inches overall length. It was Spyderco's typical clip point with full length Spyderedge. That's serrated in plain English. It had a pocket clip that made carrying it in my back pocket a snap. It was so flat you forgot it was there. I will tell you, I abused that thing beyond ANY expectation of service and it never complained. Poor old sod. He's laying in the street somewhere or more likely purloined by someone who won't give a hang about his condition. So I am in need of good pocket knife.
Now lets set some parameters. I will not and cannot in good conscience carry some sort of best quality, 100+ dollar pocket knife to work everyday. Nor could I imagine abusing such a nicety in the way the Spyderco was handled. When I bought it on closeout from Smoky Mountain Knife Works years ago, it was less than $24. A grand value even then. My thoughts immediately went to another Delica but after looking at Syperdco's latest incarnation on their website, uh maybe not so much. It just looks more bulky than the older version. So that leaves us where? I do need to meet at least three criteria. It must be stainless, have synthetic handles, and have a pocket clip(preferably metal). As to the serrated edge, I rather liked mine. I know that opinions rage about them but how would it go for a partially serrated edge? Convince me I don't need the serrated edge at all. I will listen guys. I have looked at some Kershaws and Gerbers. I like the Chive and Onion model Kershaws but the don't have a serrated edge option. The Gerber I looked at nearly went home with me save for two things. It had some damnable button for a lock release on the SIDE of the scales. Completely useless for a lefty. Also, the scales seemed to be of a hard plastic and not a bit pliable like my old Spydie. BTW, did I mention I would like to keep the cost under $40 if possible? I don't want much do I? I know the right choice is out there. I just have to find it and pretty quickly. An electrician uses a knife almost daily.