Review of Spyderco Standard

Pocket knives have been EDC items for men for hundreds of years.  In the 1980s, Spyderco came on to the pocket knife scene with locking folding knives with pocket clips for easy access.  Today Spyderco is one of the biggest names in high quality production folders.  

The Standard is considered a “rare” folder from Spyderco due to being long discontinued.  When they were in production, the Standard was essentially the same as Spyderco’s Delica, only with G10 scales.

I was fortunate enough to pick one up at a gunshow years ago for a song.  While I’ve owned many different folding knives, the Standard has truly been one of my favorites.  

What makes the Standard a great pocket knife, in my opinion, is its’ size and design.  The Standard has a cutting edge of 2.5”, which I find big enough for most tasks but small enough for delicate cutting and slicing.  The blade of the Standard was made during the era when Spyderco used hollow grinds and thicker blade stock (.120”).  Today’s Delicas have flat saber grinds and are made of slightly thinner stock.  

The handle shape of the standard is about as comfortable as one could ever ask for.  

The Standard was made using ATS-55 steel that is adequate in edge holding but not good as the VG-10 that Spyderco is now using.  

Although the Standard is no longer manufactured, Spyderco has recently released G10 versions of their popular Endura and Delica models which are reminiscent of the Standard.  The best news is that the components used today are better than ever. Spyderco definitely continues to raise the bar in quality pocket cutlery.  

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