Spyderco is an institution in the knife industry. Even though they started off making knives without any care for aesthetic qualities, Spyderco knives are some of the most mimicked around.
People often ask me about the best or most popular model from Spyderco. Each Spyderco has its own attributes and qualities that may appeal to one person and not to another. I usually point them to our thorough article, which also has a list of the most iconic Spyderco knives. However, that doesn’t tell the full story.
Since people oftentimes speak truth through their wallet, I went into the sales of Knife Depot to look at the best-selling Spyderco models. Although this doesn’t mean they’re the best or most popular elsewhere, it’s a good indication as to what Spyderco knives people are looking to buy.
5. Spyderco Endura 4
It’s no surprise the Endura 4 is in the top five. Not only did it make our list of most iconic knives ever but it’s also touted as an important and game-changing knife that defines the brand. The Endura, now in its fourth iteration, was released in 1990 and looked unlike many other knives back then. Along with the Delica (which only missed this list of best-sellers by a hair), the Endura remains one of Spyderco’s masterpieces.
4. Spyderco Tenacious
Try to find a bad review of the Spyderco Tenacious. We’ll save you hours of searching and just tell you that there’s not much negative stuff out there. Spyderco can be polarizing, but they seemed to have found a sweet spot with the Tenacious. This knife is a budget EDC with a leaf-shaped blade, G-10 handles, and a liner lock.
3. Spyderco Military
The Military was the other Spyderco that made it on our list of most iconic knives ever. This knife is the cornerstone of the Save and Serve lineup and remains one of the most copied knives around. Like some of the other models on this list, the Military comes in a few styles, including models with a black blade and camo handle scales.
The knife itself has a 4-inch modified clip-point blade made of quality CPM S30V stainless steel. Designed to act as a reliable tool and weapon to be used in the military, the Millie has found its way into the pockets of people all over the world.
2. Spyderco Harpy
This may be the most surprising of the bunch. The Harpy has been around since 1987, so its great sales may be due to the simple fact that it’s been around for such a long time. People have had a chance to internalize the knife and seek it out.
The Harpy is aptly named because of its resemblance to the talon of an eagle; its hawkbill blade is great for cutting thick pieces of rope. Marketed toward the fishing industry—which is aided by the cutout stainless steel handle—the Harpy is a surprisingly versatile knife that people have found an appreciation for.
1. Spyderco Dragonfly 2
The Dragonfly arrived on the scene in 1994. It was the first Spydie to feature a finger choil and received favorable reviews from all over. As the beneficiary of Spyderco’s famous C.Q.I. (constant quality improvement), the classic Dragonfly was spruced up to make the Dragonfly 2.
This newer version has the same blade and handle with finger choil, but it updates the clip, handle texture, and a few other things. The Dragonfly has always been touted as a big knife in a little body. The VG-10 stainless steel blade is a reasonable 2.25 inches, which falls under the limits for most carry restrictions. However, the geometry of the FRN handle allows the knife to feel stronger and more reliable in the hand.
While this isn’t the iconic Military or Endura 4, it’s no surprise the Dragonfly 2 is at the top of the list.