MAKE:TNT Tools 'n' Tips

Spyderco Endura

by Richard Butner

As seen in MAKE 02 Toolbox

Tool photo.

It's inevitable: at least once a day you're going to have to ruin someone else's handiwork. You've got to cut some rope, open a packing box, delicately cut a printed circuit board trace, and to do all of these things and more, you'll need a knife. My knife of choice is the Spyderco Endura. Unless I'm traveling by air, this thing is always in my pocket.

Why Spyderco? Of the bewildering array of knife manufacturers, they've always merged high concept with low tech. Spyderco knives offer easy one-handed opening thanks to the hole in the blade.

In the knife world, where claims of "the official knife of the Navy SEALS" are used to push Rambo-sized bayonets and barely legal "automatic" knives, the Endura is a model of simplicity. The handle is tough but lightweight fiberglass-reinforced nylon, pebbled so your grip won't slip. The handiest form of the blade is half-serrated and half-plain. The serrations might look mean, but they're quite handy — the serrated half is nearest the handle, for tougher cutting jobs. If you're trapped in a car, this thing can saw through seat belt webbing. The tip end is plain edged, for more delicate work, or for slicing up cheese at a picnic.

Not counting the clip, the Endura is only 2" thick, with a blade almost four inches long. If the Endura looks like too much knife for you, try its little brother, the Delica model.

Available at various places online.