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Spyderco Tenacious Lightweight

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Mon Garcia
Spyderco Tenacious Lightweight

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When it comes to the best EDC knives on a budget, you can’t leave a brand like Spyderco out of the equation. Plenty of EDCers swear by their line of affordable, high performance pocket knives, with the mid-sized Tenacious in particular standing out as a popular choice for everyday carry. And while the Tenacious’s larger size made it a more capable knife in many ways, its heft made it less than ideal for knife enthusiasts looking for something more pocket friendly. Luckily Spyderco has recently started re-releasing lighter weight variants of their best-selling models. The new Spyderco Tenacious Lightweight debuts as a lighter, pocket- (and wallet-) friendly option for your daily carry, bringing the best of what made the original so popular while ditching the bulk behind.

The 3.39" 8Cr13MoV stainless steel blade is more than adequate for EDC cutting tasks, and takes on a sharp edge easily. Like some of its more expensive brethren (such as the Para 3 Lightweight), it’s done in Spyderco’s popular drop point shape and features a full flat grind that ensures great slicing performance. It deploys via the familiar Spyderco Round Hole, which offers easy and ambidextrous access even while gloved. During use, it’s held in place with a liner lock that features jimping for your thumb that helps with grip when it’s time to disengage the lock and retract the blade.

What’s changed in this new iteration of the Tenacious is the injection-molded fiberglass-reinforced nylon (FRN) handles, which replace the G10 of the original model, and leading to around a ten percent decrease in the knife’s overall weight. At 4.38" long with rounded edges, the handle provides ample space for a comfortable four-fingered grip. Its flat surfaces are molded with Spyderco’s signature Bi-Directional Texture pattern that’s designed to enhance traction, whether you’re pushing or pulling on the handle. This, combined with the jimping just behind the blade that gives your thumb a secure place to rest, leads to a confident and secure grip even during heavy use.

The included pocket clip is color-matched to your blade, and can be mounted four different ways to allow for tip-up or tip-down, left- or right-hand carry. At just 3.8 ounces, the new Spyderco Tenacious Lightweight is even easier to EDC. It’s available in three different blade types to match your needs: a plain edge that’s optimized for slicing, a serrated SpyderEdge more apt for cutting ropes and webbing, and a combination edge that lets you enjoy the benefits of both. You can get it with a scuff-friendly satin-finished blade or a more tactical looking black-oxide coated one, both with color-matched hardware and clips, at the link below.

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Discussion (2 total)

Andrew Craftsmaster ·
Why oh why do companies consistently ignore the Legal Aspects of EDC knives?

In general its best to EDC a knife with a blade not exceeding three inches.

I picked a random state to look at its knife law. Arkansas:
"If a person carries a knife with a blade 3-1/2 inches long or longer, this fact shall be prima facie proof that the knife is carried as a weapon."

Many states are far more restrictive.
European laws are even worse.

Be careful. Do not use that pocket clip. Don't tempt fate. Or not.
Goldthunder ·
Many good choices from spyderco on under 3 inch knives. Laws are different everywhere. Why during hunting season can I only get one buck where I live but other states you can get two? Same species and my state has a higher population. It’s life