Spyderco Tenacious Review

Spyderco Tenacious Review

It’s a Bird, It’s a Plane, Nope! It’s a KNAFE!

I held a Facebook poll to see which review everyone wanted first for knives…the Tenacious took the lead, so here we are! The Tenacious is a knife that I had picked up slightly before the Ontario Rat 1…I liked it too much… and then bought the Rat 1 to beat up hardcore. Depending on how much value you put into pocket knives, the Tenacious is going to be seen as a budget option by most since it comes in right under $40 typically.

This is definitely a knife that I have really enjoyed owning, even though I’ve used it in a limited capacity. The Tenacious is the best pocket knife I’ve had for the tasks that I use it for; which have mostly be culinary. Before I get too ahead of myself, let’s hit on the specs real quick.

Grip Material: G-10
Blade Steel: 8Cr13MoV
Locking Mechanism: Stainless Liner Lock
Blade Style:  Drop Point
Activation: Spydie Hole, unassisted
Overall/Open Length: 7.7 inches
Folded Length: 4.45 inches
Blade Length: 3.3 inches
Width:  inches
Height: ~1.1 inches
Weight: 4.1 ounces

The Review

If you’re on Instagram, you know of Spyderco. If you aren’t on Instagram, then the aesthetics for photos don’t mean as much to you. Spyderco is a brand that has a strong cult following, and from what I’ve been told; the best heat treating in the business. The Tenacious is Spyderco’s non-byrd budget-friendly offering to the market…well, one of them. It’s one that gets praise from everyone in every corner of gear reviews and it holds a sacred place in the heart of IG photographers.

Since I got the Tenacious it’s been a love-hate relationship due to my own personal bias…sort of.  It has the liner lock (which is what I prefer), it has an awesome blade profile, the blade’s width is the perfect in between, and so much more… But I’ve never been able to get used to that spydie hole. Maybe it’s because I don’t carry a Spyderco knife exclusively, I’m not sure.

The blade’s profile though is sweeeet! It’s great for making entry incisions on food or packaging, it’s awesome for chopping up veggies and fruits, and I actually love using it for cutting up frozen meat. With how the blade tapers down (super thin edge) it makes it easy to get thinner slices of meat. From the factory…or, well, from Wal-Mart it came pretty sharp. Not razor sharp, but sharp enough to slice meat. Somehow I’m still on the factory edge. Maybe it’s because I primarily use it for culinary stuff and not a war-hammer like the Ontario Rat 1.


The Spyderco Tenacious is up there in my carry rotation, that’s for certain. The thinner profile of the knife makes it a smidge more comfortable than the Ontario Rat 1, the clip is on there better than the Rat 1’s, and it can be carried tip-up/down, left or right…so it’s entirely ambidextrous. It sits well in the pocket and the logo on the clip is very, very discrete.

It’s kind of hard to tell, but if you convert the knife to tip up carry (which is what I prefer), a little more of the handle will stick out of your pocket. Typically I switch knives over to tip up carry immediately but after noticing that I figured I’d leave it as it came for the review. I’m still not a fan of the tip down carry, but in this particular instance, it does help make it less noticeable.




Surprisingly, the action isn’t as smooth as the Rat 1’s, but there’s no grit in it. It comes out fast when you want it to (and has gotten used to the Spydie hole). It carries well and most importantly, it slashes through what you need it to slash through.

And for the weirdos out there who don’t care about aesthetics, but carry about utilitarian things…like cutting rope, or vines…or something. There’s a partially serrated variant of the Tenacious available.

Buy the model reviewed HERE.

Pick up the serrated version HERE.

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