The Spyderco Endura series first debuted over 25 years and blazed the trail as one of the first lightweight clip-carry folder knives. Now in its 4th generation, the Spyderco Endura 4 folder knife has continually improved upon itself--offering a broad range of variations and finishes to meet virtually every users taste, style and needs. In 2016, Spyderco introduced the Zome (zoh-may) finish of models which is the ancient Japanese art of creating patterns using dyes from plants, flowers, fruits and other natural sources. Once the traditional injection molded FRN (fiberglass reinforced nylon) handle scales have been molded, expert Japanese artisans perform hiki-zome (brush dyeing) to hand brush unique, almost one-of-a-kind patterns. Like anodization, the special dyes used completely permeate the FRN handle to permanently color it. This model features a Zome desert camo patterned handle, stainless steel liners, a drop point style blade in a satin finish and the 4-way positional pocket clip is designed for tip up or tip down carry on either side of the handle.
- Blade Length: 3.8"
- Overall Length: 8.78"
- Blade Material: VG-10 Stainless Steel
- Blade Finish: Satin
- Handle Length: 4.98"
- Handle Material: FRN
- Weight: 3.7 oz.
The Spyderco Zome Desert Camo Endura 4 Folding Knife
Since the inception of Spyderco, the company has steadily grown to become one of the leaders in the cutlery industry. They have a worldwide distribution network and manufacturing resources in the U.S., Japan, Taiwan, Italy, and China. Plus, their innovation has also earned them an impressive portfolio of patents, trademarks, and industry awards. Overall, they have earned the trust and loyalty of countless thousands of dedicated knife users around the world.
Let’s see what innovative technologies this version of the Spyderco Endura 4 sports. And then afterwards, head on over to BladeOps to get yours today, because they are in stock!
The blade is made out of VG-10 stainless steel. This is a higher end steel that is similar to 154CM steel. However, VG-10 does have more chromium in the steel formula, which is going to give it better corrosion resistance. This steel also has vanadium in it, which is going to make it a little bit tougher than 154CM. This steel does originate in Japan and is made by Takefu. This steel was slowly introduced into the US market, and Spyderco is known for being one of the biggest headers of that introduction. This steel can get pretty hard while maintaining its toughness. The hardness also lets you get a crazy sharp edge on this blade, while keeping it sharp for longer periods of time.
- Higher end steel.
- High corrosion resistance levels.
- Tough enough to get the job done.
- Hard enough to get a sharp edge and keep that edge.
The blade has been finished satin. This is the most popular blade finish on the market today. This is because it gives the knife a very traditional look while not allowing the blade to steal the whole knife’s show. This finish is created when the manufacturer repeatedly sands the blade in one direction with an increasingly fine level of a fine sandpaper.
The finish is used to show off the bevels of the blade while also showcasing the fine lines of the steel. In terms of polished-ness, it falls right in the middle of the spectrum. You are going to find knife finishes that are more reflective, and it is definitely not matte. It will got down on some glares and reflections, which can be an advantage. The satin finish is also known for increasing the corrosion resistance levels of a blade very slightly.
- Gives the knife a traditional look.
- Cuts down on some glares and reflections.
- Increases corrosion resistance of the blade slightly.
The blade has been carved into a drop point blade shape, which is one of the most common blade shapes on today’s market. This blade shape is tough and versatile because of how its formed. The spine of the blade on this knife angles down from the top of the handle to the point of the handle. It creates a lowered point, which does give you the control needed to perform fine detail work. The point not only allows that, but is also broad enough to add in plenty of strength to the knife. In fact, the drop point is known for having high levels of strength and not breaking. It is that broad tip that gives the user that advantage.
Funnily enough, the broadness of the tip is actually one of the shape’s only disadvantages as well. While it does add in that strength, it does reduce the ability that you have to pierce with this knife. This specific knife has a little bit more of a modified drop point blade shape, so the point is not as broad as you are sometimes used to. This means that you will be able to stab a little bit better than your typical drop point, but it also means that the point is not going to be quite as strong as your typical drop point.
Lastly, the drop point blade shape is known for having a big belly. It is this belly that helps you slice through things with ease. The belly on the Spyderco Zome version of the Endura 4 is not quite as round as your typical drop point, but it is round and big enough to make a significant difference in your slicing ability.
- Lowered point gives you control.
- Broad tip adds incredible amounts of strength to the knife.
- Broad tip does take away some piercing capabilities.
- Large belly makes slicing a breeze.
- This blade shape will prepare you for almost any situation that you happen to encounter.
The handle is made out of FRN, or Fiberglass Reinforced Nylon. This is a thermoplastic material that is known for being strong, resistant to bending and abrasion, as well as being almost indestructible. As a total bonus, this is a cheap material. This is a similar material to others such as G-10, Carbon Fiber, and Micarta, because they are all made out of fiberglass.
What sets FRN about from the other fiberglass materials is that the fibers are arranged completely haphazardly, which does mean that it is going to be strong in all directions. This is different from the other materials, which have the strands arranged in a single direction. Those other materials may be stronger in one particular direction. But, FRN is going to be stronger and more durable overall.
This is an inexpensive material to produce because it can be textured in the production process. This means that the manufacturer can choose virtually any shape or texture and produce a lot of them all at once. This characteristic does lead to high volume manufacturing, which is going to give you the low cost aspect of it.
While it does have a variety of great benefits, it does have a few disadvantages. For example, it is onto going to give you as much grip as G-10 would. It also has a hollow, or somewhat plastic-y, feel to it. This is something that many knife lovers were a little hesitant about.
- The material is strong, tough, and durable.
- Easy to make, which means that it is going to be inexpensive.
- Because it is such a modern material, there is going to be very little maintenance.
The handle shape is pretty simple. The spine has a slow curve to it, to stretch itself from the handle to the butt of the knife. The belly does have three elongated and very shallow finger grooves. The first and last one or more elongated. These three will give you a comfortable grip on the knife, in case you are using it for long periods of time. There is a slight finger guard, which will protect your fingers if you do accidentally slip.
The spine of the knife does have a row of fine jimping that stretches across about half of the handle. The butt of handle does have a lanyard hole carved into it. This lanyard hole should be big enough for most lanyards.
Something that is very unique about this handle is that it does have a special brush dyeing technique applied to it by hand. This creates an almost one-of-a-kind pattern. This process is similar to anodization, in that it is going to completely seep into the FRN handle. This means that the color will not be able to be scratched off. The handle can still be scratched, but the color can’t come off, unless that entire layer of metal comes off. The Endura 4 has been brush dyed in a Zome Desert Camo color, which is dark and light mottled browns.
- Comfortable handle shape for long periods of time.
- Slight finger guard.
- Row of jimping for added control.
- Unique brush-dye technique to give an almost one-of-a-kind pattern to your knife.
- The dye will seep completely into the handle, which gives a permanent color.
The Pocket Clip:
The pocket clip is a four-way positional clip. This means that it can be attached for tip up or tip down carry as well as on either side of the handle. This helps to create a fully-ambidextrous knife because you can attach the clip so that you can carry the knife in a way that is most comfortable to you. And the more comfortable you are, the safer you are going to be.
- Four-way reversible for ultimate comfort when carrying.
This is a folding manual folding knife that is equipped with a thumb hole to assist you in opening the knife.
The manual opening knife has a few advantages and a couple disadvantages. They are going to be legal in almost any place that folding knives are legal to have because there is no mechanism. They are also going to be a little easier to maintain. However, it is going to be a little bit trickier to open the knife, because it is completely manual.
When discussing the thumb hole, Spyderco says, “One of the most common questions we get from people new to Spyderco knives is “Why the Round Hole?” The Round Hole allows the blade of a folding knife to be swiftly and easily opened with only one hand. This revolutionary feature was granted a U.S. utility patent in 1981 and literally helped define the form of the modern folding knife. Unlike thumb studs, disks, and other one-hand-opening attachments, the hole offers a larger surface area for greater reliability and does not interfere with the cutting action of the blade. An iconic symbol of our brand, the Trademark Round Hole™ also serves as a user-friendly alternative to a traditional nail nick in our two-hand-opening folders and a proud expression of our brand identity in our fixed-blade knives.”
Like they said, the round hole helps the user open the knife with ease. It is an ambidextrous design, because you can access the hole on either side of the knife. You would flip the knife open in the same way that you would use a nail nick. You get your thumb on the hole and get a grip, to push the hole open.
- Manual knife is going to be legal in more states and cities.
- Manual knives are a little easier to maintain than a switchblade.
- Manual knives are going to take a little more time and energy to bring it into play.
- Equipped with Spyderco’s trademarked hole for easy and quick opening.
The blade measures in at 3.8 inches long with a handle that measures in at 4.98 inches long. When it is opened, it measures in at 3.78 inches long, which is an impressive length. It weighs in at 3.7 ounces. For how large this Spyderco is, it hardly weighs anything. That is all thanks to the FRN handle, which is known for being crazy lightweight.
- Super long knife.
- Not going to weigh you down because of FRN handle.
The Spyderco Endura series first debuted over 25 years and blazed the trail as one of the first lightweight clip-carry folder knives. Now in its 4th generation, the Spyderco Endura 4 folder knife has continually improved upon itself--offering a broad range of variations and finishes to meet virtually every user’s taste, style and needs. In 2016, Spyderco introduced the Zome (zoh-may) finish of models which is the ancient Japanese art of creating patterns using dyes from plants, flowers, fruits and other natural sources. Once the traditional injection molded FRN (fiberglass reinforced nylon) handle scales have been molded, expert Japanese artisans perform hiki-zome (brush dyeing) to hand brush unique, almost one-of-a-kind patterns. Like anodization, the special dyes used completely permeate the FRN handle to permanently color it. This model features a Zome desert camo patterned handle, stainless steel liners, a drop point style blade in a satin finish and the 4-way positional pocket clip is designed for tip up or tip down carry on either side of the handle.
You can pick up this version of the Spyderco Endura 4 today at BladeOps.