Spyderco’s Tenacious High-Performance Knife was built with a grip designed for work. The knife conceals some other interesting features beneath that ample handle of textured G-10.
One of the best synthetic materials for handles, G-10 resists damage from heat, water, and chemicals, and won’t suck away the warmth from your fingers in cold weather. The tactile quality gives the Tenacious a non-slip surface, enhanced by the milled texturing on the G-10 slabs. This full-sized handle — 4-3/8 inches long when closed — conceals a 3-3/8-inch 8CR13MOV stainless steel blade. Hardened to the range of Rockwell 57-59, the combo-serrated edge remains sharp for long periods of appropriate use. The plain section on the forward half of the blade restores quickly with an ordinary whetstone or diamond hone, but the serrated portion will eventually need professional service.
Spyderco built a strong knife here, but not a heavy one. Underneath the G-10 slabs lie stainless steel liners, skeletonized to save weight without reducing knife strength. The total weight of the Tenacious is only 4.2 ounces. Other good features include the Walker liner-lock — jimping on the lock’s edge ensures a controlled release even in cold and wet weather. More jimping on the spine of the Tenacious’s blade gives added thumb traction, for more pressure while the knife’s in use. You won’t find an awkward thumb stud on Spyderco blades — the knife swings open with thumb pressure on the loop in the knife blade.
A strong stainless steel pocket clip keeps the Tenacious at the ready on the pocket’s edge, not lost somewhere in the bottom. Four different clip mounting options allow positioning with the tip up or the tip down and the handle oriented for either left or right-handed deployment.