This Spyderco Endura knife has a British Racing Green FRN handle and a full-flat ground ZDP-189 stainless steel blade that is satin finished with a plain cutting edge.
The Endura knife features a molded FRN (fiberglass reinforced nylon) handle with Bi-Directional texturing for traction and improved ergonomics. The handle is strengthened with dual skeletonized stainless steel liners that make an anchor for all external and internal components to attach while adding sturdiness and rigidity. Phosphor bronze bushings on the blade pivot smooth out the open/close action. The pocket clip is four-way reversible for tip-up/down, left- or right-handed carry.
The blade is ZDP-189, a powdered metal made by Hitachi that has phenomenal chemistry with 3% carbon. The hardness is around 64RC and edge retention is exceptional. This solid ZDP-189 steel blade is the hottest, hardest and highest performing steel in the knife industry today.
The Endura is a larger version of the Spyderco Delica knife. Both knives have been extremely popular over the years thanks to their lightweight, high performance build and affordable price.
Generally I’m not a steel guy. Made an exception here because I bought the zdp 189 Dragonfly several years ago and really like it. The Endura is a large knife with a fairly thin blade. Not real heavy. Excellent slicer. Zdp 189 is, at least, in the upper echelon of particle steels. Not difficult to keep sharp, if you don’t let it get too dull. I did replace the pocket clip. Nothing wrong with the one that came on it, but I thought it looked clunky. I guess some people might look at you funny when you pulled out this knife because of its size, but that’s their problem-not mine. The scales on this bad boy are not real fancy but perfectly adequate. Keeps the price down. If you ever wanted to see what a high end steel is like in a big knife, get this guy while you still can.
This is an amazingly well made knife. I’ve never owned one over ~$60 and now I understand the difference. No wiggle when open, thick very sharp blade made from ZDP-189 which is one of the best steels. This is handmade in Japan from Japanese steel. I decided to buy this after watching my cousin use his endura to do construction for like 3 years and it’s still totally useable. If taken care of with oils and sharpeners m, this could last a lifetime. It’s that well made. I also have a Byrd Cara Cara 2 (a endura replica) and it looks more like a toy when compared to its big brother the endura 4. It does have a nice bottom gimp for your pointer finger when open that the endura doesn’t, but after that the endura wins in ever metric by a landslide. The stainless steel used in this blade is one of the hardest and most corrosion resistant around. So makes this a great knife for through-hikers that will need a dependable knife in rain snow and sun. The handle being FRP (fiberglass reinforced plastic) makes it insanely light and strong but it also won’t burn your hand like metal handlers ones will after being in sunlight too long. This knife is always in my pocket and I am happy with the purchase. It was expensive but I’ll never need to buy a folder again unless I lose it.
I have an Endura 4 in VG-10 with a sabre grind and I like it but don't love it and had wanted one with a FFG so i pulled the trigger on the ZDP-189 version. Let me just say this knife is scary sharp I mean I was cutting water softener salt bags open and thought I missed the bag it cut through so easy. The scale color looks amazing in person and the centering is spot on. This is my go to knife for everything and the one in my pocket almost everyday. I couldn't be happier except now I'm a steel nerd and maybe even a bit of a snob. Blade HQ shipped it fast and overall experience is 5/5.
One of the best work knives I've ever used.
I have had the full serrated version of the endura ZDP-189 for over 4 years. I edc this thing in rotation with a Benchmade 810. I love the light weight of the endura and it has enough blade length for any task. Edge retention is outstanding! But it will chip if you get crazy around hard surfaces. I like it so much I want one in plain edge as well.
I bought this knife as my work knife. I got tired of scratching up my titanium Spydercos and needed a work knife and this knife has performed way beyond my expectations. The ergos are awesome very comfortable, it carries like a dream...very light and fits my pocket nicely with no thought of coming out. The blade is close to 4 inches so it gives me lots of cutting depth and power, but it’s so light and easy to carry it’s the perfect work edc. I also love the ZDP-189 it takes a scary edge that lasts. With the ZDP I felt comfortable putting a 15 degree bevel on it and with it being a slim blade with that edge it’s a slicers dream. A definite recommended blade.
This was the fastest shipping I can remember. If you order this Endura 4 with ZDP-189 it is SHARP!
Your classic Endura in one of the most premium steels out there. If you are not a steel nerd like me, no need for details. Just buy it. Going to need a KME soon though.
Aside from ZT or rockstead or William Henry this is one of the best budget ways to try ZDP-189 I highly suggest picking up any knife in this blade steel - I've carried this endura with zdp blade steel for 6 months and everything from cardboard to zip ties to food prep zdp is an all star and I've regretted ever selling any of my knives in ZDP Try one out it's worth the extra money to upgrade from VG-10
Everything about this knife is incredible and is worth every single dollar, even the ZDP steel upgrade from the standard VG10. My Endura came very smooth, and so sharp I was honestly scared of it. It would pretty much glide through any cuttable object in its path, still does, and probably will for a long time, thanks to the ZDP steel. Ergonomically, I think it fits better in larger hands, but thats why Spyderco offers the Endura's little brother, the Delica. The thing that sets this knife apart in my EDC is the weight. For the 3.75 blade you get, 3.67oz is outstanding. I forget I'm carrying it.
Out of the box, the ZDP189 is very very sharp and I like the form factor and weight of the knife. It's perfect for my work. I am however a little disappointed with the way the scales and spacer fit together and feel they should be better from a Spyderco knife in this price range. The FRN feels sorta cheap, but offers excellent grip. I wish this model came with a G10 option. Not a deal breaker, but worth pointing out.
I give this knife four stars because it's sharp , except for two little parts near the tip. I also have a manix 2xl that came totally sharp, so I don't know what happened to this blade. Thanks blade hq for fast shipping!