The mid-sized Spyderco Tenacious has a G-10 laminate handle, milled with prolonged fatigue-free cutting in mind. Tucked inside are skeletonized steel liners increasing the handle’s rigidity and strength without adding non-functioning weight or bulky thickness. The 8Cr13Mov stainless blade is ground flat from spine to cutting edge for cutting performance. The blade’s shape coupled with an over sized Spyderco Round Hole and textured spine jimping allow you to open the blade and position your thumb on the spine in slip-proof confidence ready for work. A Walker Linerlock (with jimped liner) and a 4-way pocket clip lets you set your carry and draw preference.
I admit I got my first Spyderco, the Tenacious, as a gift from REI so it was not my first knife or first purchase (it did kick off my obsession this year though). Even among my Benchmades, it quickly became my favorite around the house/yard as its big enough for most tasks and small enough to enjoy carrying (my Griptillian, while excellent, is bit bulky for around the house). It even does well in the kitchen as I use it on tomatoes, garlic and onions often. Love the G-10 scales and the modest gimping in just the right places. The blade holds sharpness well (I am not a steel snob) and is easy to hone to razor quality. I have some minor gripes such as the blade centering which has drifted with heavy use and the clip is not of a deep carry style. Its is a fidget-friendly knife with the large thumb hole and with a minimal amount of practice, easy to open in many ways (thumbs or spydie-flick). I feel like Spydercos are the Saabs of the knife world which I do not mind a bit; sometimes ugly becomes beloved. Its a toss up with my CRKT Pilar III for my favorite knife of this size and style. Give it a shot if you are interested in a budget friendly Spyderco!
After carrying the big brother to this knife for a number of years (a Resilience) I decided that I wanted something a little smaller to carry when a big knife was not appropriate. The Tenacious fit the bill. A great little knife that takes and holds a razor edge without breaking the bank. A knife that can be deployed and returned to the pocket one handed. A great edc blade. Highly recommend this knife.
Great bang for the buck! I would prefer a blade made in the USA. With that said the knife quality / fit / finish was better than expected. No wobble in blade, opens and closes with crisp action. G10 and ergonomics of the handle is awesome! Very impressed with what you get for this price point! I'll be stepping up to a made in the USA Spyderco in the future.
This is one of the greatest starter knives, it’s extremely durable and a great user. It has a really nice blade and the flat grind is very useful. You can really feel the quality in the G10 and it gives it a lot of grip. The gimping is well done so it’s not sharp. I highly recommend this knife to really anyone.
One of the best entry-level EDC's can't go wrong here. super easy to sharpen and a real slicer. breaks in nicely and surprisingly good quality tough steel at a great price. probably the knife I've gotten the most compliments on while carrying.
The Spyderco Tenacious was my first Spyderco and right out of the box this thing was razor sharp, easily slicing through everything I threw at it. Smooth opening, with a great lockup, it is kind of infectious to open and close over and over again...much to the displeasure of the people around me. The spydy hole is surprisingly useful and efficient. Allowing the user to open the knife with the thumb, index, or middle finger. Feels solid in your hands via good ergonomics. And I love the awesome name. Really can't find anything wrong with this one. Steel snobs be darned. Isn't the best looking knife, but it works, really, really well. 91/100
love the feel of g10, this knife has performed awesome with all kinds of tasks around the house. smooth operation and high quality. only reason i stopped carrying is my gf seems to have it all the time
A buddy and I both bought one of these, I worked at a hotel while he worked for a light rigging company, his got a bit more beat and he broke the tip off.. still workhorses to this day, mine sits on my living room table for any need that may arise
I absolutely love this knife and the price I’m definitely going to be getting more
This is the knife that started the sickness of my knife obsession. She bit me a few times but hey, she loves me what can I say. Ego in hand is awesome, opens like butta, awesome belly, and no stupid sharpening choil! Full flat grind makes a great foam cutter for shipping and receiving. Great big lanyard whole.
I received it as a gift a few months ago and the pleasure of using it has been all mine. It opens and closes so smoothly and practically passes straight through anything I've put it up against. It holds up to its reputation as much as it holds its edge.
Great all around knife no blade play nice grippy g10. Very good edge retention. Lots of modifications out there it started a Spyderco addiction.
So I picked mine up for like $30 forever ago. First thoughts were “oh cheap steal, made in China, blah blah, it’s going to be a crap knife. But at least they slapped some decent g10 on it”... I was so ignorant, naive, and arrogant, but I now see the light!! This knife is just a balls to the wall, masochistic, work horse, TANK while having the quality, and fit/finish of a way more expensive knife at the same time! I’ll be frank, I have beat this knife to shit... like, just an astounding amount of abuse.. because it takes it on the chin and looks back at you and says “HIT ME HARDER!!!” Like that one chick you took home from the bar that one time that had the daddy issues. Buy this knife. Great quality, great fit and finish, solid lock up, outstanding deployment (shoots out fast, like it’s excited you’re about to cut something, in a weird way) steel is very adequate, ergonomic, the grip is so damn good with the g10 and gimping and thumb ramp and the texturing.. god couldn’t take it out of your hand! Just buy it already!
Spyderco Tenacious Simply put, it’s a workhorse, cut, pry, sharpen, clean, repeat. It does any job, and looks great. For the price holy wow! I carried the Tenacious for 5 years and with standard sharpening and maintenance this knife took on tasks I would not subject my nicer ones too, and came out on top! I highly recommend this knife to anyone who needs a beater workhorse that holds up perfect!
This was my first spiderco and the beginning of my little collection. It can take a beating and it holds up great. I took mine camping because my actual camping knives broke, and I had no problems. The edge was pretty dull afterwords, but it's easy to sharpen
I was not disappointed. This nice has been through so much with me. I love that I can sharpen it with such ease. I would recommend this as an intro to Spyderco knives. I love this knife. Right now mine has no tip it broke off but its still with me, I have a Delica as my primary now.
I am an electrician and I use a knife almost everyday for doing everything from opening boxes to terminating wire. I carry this knife everyday and it never lets me down! This knife is probably the best bang for your buck at this price point!
I don't have the budget for a PM2 so this knife was my go to for a long time. Easy to sharpen, held a good edge through some decent abuse. Lost mine on a camping trip and look for it every time I go back to that spot, hoping it will turn up. Great, budget friendly knife.
This is the knife that started it all for me in regards to using and collecting knives. I wanted something inexpensive yet high quality and the Tenacious met both of those wants. It holds a great edge yet it is very easy to sharpen. I’ve had it for 7 years and it has never failed on me. I’ve used it extensively on the farm and in various other circumstances. This is a great knife to get started with.
Have had this knife for over a year. One that I carry more often then others in my rotation. I bought it because of a youtube review that rated as one of the top slicing action and I have to agree. The knife is very good for the price.
Nothing special, nothing bad.... It's practical and just works well. The steel is decent, the liner lock is thick, and the action is fairly smooth.
I have carried this knife for 9 months and it has been nothing but amazing for me good edge retention would buy one or two more this was also my first spyderco.
Just bought this little guy, awesomely sharp out of the box and I'm looking forward to carrying this guy for many years to come.
This was my first spyderco purchas a couple of months and I love it. They have really nailed down the heat treatment for 8Cr13MoV, this thing sharpens like a champ and it stays sharp for a long time.
Knife is an excellent value and great introduction to the brand. Mine was well finished and had a great edge out of the box. Only issue is that it is slightly large for everyday carry
I have wanted a spiderco for a while now and the Tenacious seemed like a good place to start. I have got to say that I was blown away by how awesome this knife is. If this is the lower end of spiderco then holy cow i dont see how it gets much better.
this knife is a WHOLEEEE good buy. I've had it for a little over a year and when I have yard work, this is the first thing to go in my pocket. It gets the job done without a hesitation.
Been with me since the dawn of knife collecting. Great in the kitchen. :)
This knife got me started on the spyderco train which is easily my favorite company to date. Good ergos. Usable blade. Lots of grip. Affordable as heck. Not bad on the eyes. The tenacious has a special place in my collection and will always be an affordale user for any job
i just bought this on my trip to the US and i'd say it's one of the best knifes I've owned. the functionality is top notch, the edge retention is great and it feels very ergonomic and strong in the hand. i would definitely recommend buying this knife. p.s. here from the new spiderco video on their youtube channel, it was great.
Love this knife for its affordability and slicing prowess. It's a great slicer and stays sharp for quite a while considering the steel its made from. The flat grind and tall sides make it great for chopping veggies or slicing through meat.It's my first Spyderco, and won't be my last.
First time owner of a spyderco and I absolutely love this knife.. It's lightweight and keeps a good edge! Also a good fidget tool.... I will definitely be getting more spyderco's!
Have had this knife for over a year as my EDC. Replaced a wonderful Kershaw I used to carry but lost. This blade is awesome. It really can take a beating and has been extremely reliable. Best blade for the money. Highly recommend.
I bought this one because I wanted to get a Spyderco I haven’t had one before and it ticked all the boxes sizewize for me. I’ve always heard good things about Spyderco and I wasn’t disappointed for the price it’s fantastic. It feels great in hand, love the one hand opening action on it. The cut away for the liner lock is done really well—low relief so it doesn’t alter the grip, but enough is cut away it’s really easy to access. It’s also kept its edge much better than other knives I own from other companies at the same price point and in the same size range. Would buy again.
Great knife, fun to use, and if you sharpen it well it will cut you. I have a nice scar on my thumb now. The spider bites, ya’ll. Also, with so many people with the last name of M, you can’t help but trust our reviews.
This has been a really great value knife. Came out of the box razor sharp, and has maintained an edge well. Really can’t argue with this quality of a knife at that price.
I got this knife a week ago. I was blown away. How could this knife made in China be better than my USA made Kershaw?? I don’t know but it is as good if not better. This knife is super sharp and the G10 is amazing. Totally Recommend!!! Good: G10, LinerLock, deployment hole, Amazing Spyderco quality Bad: blade steel I guess for some people but is good for me Ugly: came with minuscule dent but barely noticeable, fingerprints get on the blade but I can deal with it 2 months later... ( I’m editing my review after about 2 months) I have seen a couple blemishes (hard to notice) on my knife since I first got it. But honestly compared to how this knife performs I could care less. It is still sharp even though I have touched up the edge once or twice but it is still amazing. It is still in amazing condition and probably will be for a long time. I have had no problem with corrosion though I might in the future I know a couple easy remedies. I feel like 8cr13 is a good EDC steel because if you cut something at work and you need to sharpen it you can flip over your coffee cup and sharpen it on the rough glass in about two minutes and return it to very close to factory sharpness and the strop it on your belt and have a perfect blade, whereas on something like CMP S90V you can’t really do that. I feel 8cr gets a bad rap even though the ease of sharpening makes up for the edge retention. That is just my opinion. Yes, I know there is a more versatile steel like VG 10 but it is not as affordable ( though check out the Kizer Vangaurd series) . That is my opinion after some time with this knife and simiply it is probably the best 8cr13mov knife there is.
I’ve gotta be honest I didn’t really have high expectations for this you know it’s a $50 knife that you don’t really hear about but I am really blown away. Spyderco really outdid themselves. When I got it, it was arm hair shaving sharp. I ended up taking it camping and it took everything thing I threw at it like a champ. I would definitely buy this again and it impressed me so much I recently bought a delica and have my eye on the para 3
I really didn’t like Byrd knives because I really dislike the deployment hole. I think Spyderco really knocked it out of the park when they started making value knives under the Spyderco name rather than under the Byrd brand name. This knife is a great value knife! Need a beater knife but want something visually similar to other Spyderco knives? This knife has you covered. The Tenacious fits the medium size in this line of knives (it’s siblings being the Resilience, Persistence, and Ambitious). Build quality: 4 stars Materials: 3 stars Aesthetics: 3 stars Personal likability: 4 stars
Sharp enough to shave right out of the box! Great g10 handles give it great grip! Very lightweight and comfortable in the hand. I may have found my new favorite EDC.
I personally think this is the best knife you can buy for under $50. After using this night I can’t wait to purchase my para 3. Good edge for the steel your working with, g10 is stellar.
This is such a good knife for what you pay it's easily comparable to your 80 or 100 dollar knives. I have two actually lol. Very durable blade for everyday use.
Definitely worth the price, and higher quality than almost all other knives of the same price. It isn't perfect though, there is noticeable blade play right out of the box, and the steel is lower quality than most other Spydercos.
If you want a decent knife with the Spyderco logo then this is it. Good size edc knife that isn't too heavy. Mine operates smoothly and lock up is solid. The knife carries well and is comfortable to use. Decent value for the money.
Beautiful ergonomics and great hand feel. Came shaving sharping. Great smooth action and a wonderful affordable blade
My First Spiderco. It really is all you could ever want..... Then it made me want more...more...more...
Spiderco made a knife that is durable and still affordable for most people. It was my first spiderco and I'm in love with the round hole opening system. Once you start using it you'll hate thumb studs.
I have nearly a dozen Spyderco’s that are in my daily EDC rotation or are in each car and truck I drive. I’m never without one on my hip or in my console tray or in my back packs. I’m a wheelchair user and even have a [Brand X automatic knife] blade in a sheath zip tied to my wheelchair frame for instant access. Friends always know who to ask when they need to open a box or cut a line. Makes me feel confident and secure when I can’t carry concealed that I still have protection. Love my Spidercos!!!
-First Spyderco I ever owned. -Always have one or four in my collection -Great value for the materials and warranty -A MUST for every collector/knife lover If you're unsure about the thumbhole opener, or think it's ugly, just try one of these. You won't be disappointed!
This was my very first spyderco, and for a while I had 0 complaints. The blade is sharp, sharpens easily, and the action was smooth. However, after just 1 hike in the rain, the action seized up totally and i ended up disassembling it and replacing the badly corroded washers with para 2 washers. Also, very soon after buying it, the tip cracked off a tiny bit, not because of hard use. Still, this is a good knife
This knife is simply amazing for the price. I know the steel is not as good as some of the other higher end Spyderco knives but it is good enough for someone like me. In my opinion it feels just as good as my other higher end Spyderco knives and I can describe it as a 'poor man's Para 3. I really love it.
I really wanted to love my first Spyderco as much as people seem to love theirs, but I'm just not a huge fan of the thumb hole design. It works well, but it shaves off layers of my thumbnail each time I open it (and I fidget, so that's quite often). Eventually it does a pretty significant amount of damage to the nail and I feel like I have to put the knife down until it regenerates. The Tenacious is a bit outside my preferred size as an EDC as well, but that's no fault of the knife itself.
I actually really like this knife. It's great for the price and for when I want a slightly larger carry. My sweet spot is the slim 3" range for edc but this thing is good for food prep and general tasks. The action does have a bit of a thunk but I don't mind. Definitely getting some bang for your buck!
....I do nothing but try to destroy these basically.... They are my work beater knife and they hold up pretty well. The tip breaks I just grind/shape it and either give it away or keep using it.... I usually have two, one as a back up, since they are just a great budget Spyderco
Phenomenal value, great fit and finish considering it was $50! Razor sharp out of the box and the flat grind makes it extra slice-y.
This is a great budget edc option. Mine came pretty sharp out of box too! After i touched up the edge and cleaned and oiled it it was buttery smooth and a great all-around edc blade!
I have always thought that Spyderco knives are kind of ugly (still do), and that the thumb hole is a gimmick (it's not). Lot's of people love them, so I decided to give the Tenacious a try. Pros: Solid, feels good in the hand. Pretty fast and easy one hand open (at least with right hand) Blade opens and closes very smoothly Locks up like a bank vault Pretty sharp Cons: Too big and heavy for edc in my pocket Not so fast or easy one hand close I think that the Tenacious is a nice addition to my knife collection, but I still prefer my assisted Kershaws and my auto Boker.
This was my first knife that wasn’t a gas station knife and it sold me on more upscale knives(at the time this was upscale) I recently bought a $300 ZT and it all started with this. Smooth action, good detent. My only complaint is that it got a lil bit of rust on the blade but to be honest I think it’s just because It’s kind of a beater knife for me
This is a perfect combination of price and Spyderco quality. The only thing i would change is the blade steel. But the 8cr13mov blade is easy to clean up after i beat the hell out of it. I've carried mine for 3 years and will retire it to one of my go bags upon the purchase of my next Spyderco.
The Tenacious was my first edc knife. I've had mine for about 4 years now and it's still holding up well. The knife is easy to sharpen, clean and maintain. It fits well in my hands and is easy and light enough to carry in jeans, gym shorts, etc... I also like the blade design better than the PM2. And the plain colored G10 scales over the more expensive polestar. My only gripe is with Spyderco themselves. I wish they would consider offering Sprint or exclusive runs of the tenacious in different steels. The budget knife category is overrun with amazing knives with better steel choices. Come on Spyderco the Taiwan factory has D2. Take back the budget knife category.
Ive used this knife to gut deer cut crab lines and even cook dinner Solid pocket clip and holds a sharp edge
Bought this for my first Spyderco. Have mostly Carried Kershaws and Benchmades in the past. The knife is a Little large for my work pants and what I do (pharmacy/slacks) How ever the build quality is much higher than I expected from a $50 Knife. I bought my wife a Persistance which is pretty much just a slightly smaller version of this. Since then we have traded and each has become our daily since then. Cant Wait to get my delica 4 in next week!
Picked this one up on a whim. Fell in love almost immediately. Love the size. If I had one complaint it would be blade steel. Keep it sharp and it’s a winner though!!
I bought a Benchmade mini Griptilian, but I wanted something just more simple and that's when I bought a tenacious and I love it. I've almost had it for a year and it's practically the same as when I bought it. Very nice knive would recommend👌
This knife was my first spyderco I ever bought. This knife, even at its price point can hold a decent edge and for the size, this knife makes for a good backup while camping. The screws did rust a little but that is probably due to over exposure to the elements. For the size this knife also fits great in the pocket and would recommend it for anyone looking for a bigger EDC knife who is on a tight budget. Ever since this purchase I have made an effort to prioritize spyderco knives as a favorite.
This is the first Spyderco I've ever used, and even though it's a lower quality build, the craftsmanship out does knives twice the price. It feels great, I love the thumb ramp, and it can take a crazy edge. Be cautious if you get serrations on yours. I once sharpened my friends tenacious and that included the serrations, and the next person he handed the knife to was cut by just a light poke.
This is a very comfortable knife to use, the handle is full and nicely contoured. I find I use this knife most when I’m camping. It’s a bit bulky for an EDC and the clip and G10 really grip your pocket, to the point of making it difficult to retrieve. The blade shape is great for food prep in the field. My favorite feature of this knife is that the blade edge extends all the way to the grip with no choil. This allows you to really choke up on the grip and do fine cutting tasks like finish whittling or fuzz stick making with ease. Only major downside is the blade tarnishes easily and doesn’t hold an edge long, so it requires a it more maintenance than most.
Holds an edge, easy to sharpen, but can open on its own if you aren't careful.
At first i wasn't too impressed. I wasn't expecting much, but compared to the rat model 1, its short comings were starting to show. The blade came uncentered, the pivot screw kept coming loose, there is a squeak sound when you open and close the blade, and the blade seriously plays when you barre down on what you are cutting. But after taking it apart, cleaning it and applying locktight, it started to grow on me. Its a good starting spyderco, nice and sharp, good blade shape and the g10 makes it feel nicer than other budget knives. But its not quite to the spyderco quality control level as their other factory made knives, Ontario's Taiwan knives are even at a higher quality control standard than these, that is for sure.
Probably one of the best budget EDC's out there. They make excellent gifts as well.
If you are reading this then you probably don't already know that most if not all spyderco knives are great. This one is a great starter knife and a good intro to the spyderco brand. Plenty of scales available on the market for customizing.
I was very skeptical of Spyderco for a while and I picked a Tenacious up to see if I liked it. I fell in love with it and now I have gotten more into Spyderco knives. I fully recommend this knife for a cheap EDC.
My knife came with some really inconsistent grinds. The edge was actually on totally different angles on both sides when I received the knife, but it was still pretty sharp. I had to re-profile the blade and it takes and holds the edge really well. The opening is smooth and easy. Has a great detent for the price. I recommend this to anybody looking for a great first knife.
The knife is awesome for the money, but I did have a few small issues. The edge grid was super inconsistent and the FFG is just a bit... lumpy I guess. If it was a pm2 or something more costly it would have been sent back right away. But for the price point I am satisfied with the knife. Love BladeHQ!
I AM NOT SAYING THIS IS A BAD KNIFE. This is a great knife and I carry it regularly. I know you can’t blame Spyderco too much, but it feels like they are gouging the prices. I love there products and have never seen a bad Spyderco, but I bought this knife 2 years ago for 45 dollars, now it is almost 60. In my opinion a price spike of 30% in 2 years is just too much. About the knife if general, I use it, dull it, sharpen it, and it comes back from more. Awesome knife, bad price.
For an entry level EDC knife, this is where it's at! I was surprised by the action and smooth operation of this knife. It's a great knife to use for EDC, camping, or work where you need to do some moderate cutting chores. If you want a good entry level blade with great action this is the one to get.
Decent, functional knife, but is held back by its materials and fit and finish. Steel could be much better for the price and the Spyderhole was sharp enough to slice open my thumb. There are better knives out there around this same price point.
great edc but after 6 months of everyday use it has not held up well
I decided to buy this knife with the objective of seing if the siza and blade shape were good for a daily basis EDC, i bought it because of the similarity in shape, length and size of the PM2 and I cam say that being only 50 bucks is a bargain, excelent first Spyderco amd first EDC
Okay by most people's standards but I have pretty high standards for Spyderco products but this knife has an edge only a plastic butter knife would envy. I could barely get through printer paper with it. Lock up is good, opens smooth enough but this knife I got falls well below the standard Spyderco has set. I payed $45.00 for a knife that has slowly gone up in price but down in quality. If this is any indication of the direction Spyderco is heading than I just bought my last knife from them. Blade HQ is great, the best place to buy knives from thanks guys.