Exclusive: Spyderco Delica G-10/ZDP-189 "Blackout"search

Exclusive: Spyderco Delica G-10/ZDP-189 "Blackout"

Exclusive: Spyderco Delica G-10/ZDP-189 "Blackout"

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Limited Edition of 1,000

Since 1990, the Spyderco Delica has been a staple of the EDC community—and for good reason. For one, it was among the first affordable pocket knives that could be opened with one hand. For another, it’s not only lightweight and compact but can be carried by both righties and lefties (tip up or tip down). This Massdrop-exclusive version sports black G-10 scales—which Spyderco hasn’t offered on a Delica for over three years—instead of standard FRN scales. The blade is also a serious upgrade. Made from ZDP-189 stainless steel, it’s etched with Spyderco’s proprietary new “Scratch” pattern: a never-before-seen combination of black and gray evocative of a spider’s sticky, twisting web.

Note: This drop is for a Limited Edition 1,000 units that will be made-to-order for the group - please allow six months for production, and note the Estimated Delivery Date in May, 2017. Due to the sensitive nature of shipping knives internationally, we are able to ship only some of the knives on Massdrop to select countries. It is the responsibility of the buyer to know and comply with all importation regulations and local laws. Click here for additional information.

Exclusive: Spyderco Delica G-10/ZDP-189 "Blackout"

A Closer Look at G-10

One of the most popular materials used in EDC folders, G-10 is known for providing a secure grip in harsh conditions. A fiberglass-based laminate, it’s made by compressing and baking layers of fiberglass that are soaked in resin. The result is a rugged, lightweight, heat- and water-resistant material with high tensile strength. This Delica’s handle features Japanese G-10 scales—which have not been available on a Delica for more than three years. The tight checkered pattern offers a solid grip for detail work and tough slicing tasks.

Exclusive: Spyderco Delica G-10/ZDP-189 "Blackout"
Exclusive: Spyderco Delica G-10/ZDP-189 "Blackout"

A Closer Look at ZDP-189 Steel

Hailed as a super steel, ZDP-189 is a powdered metal manufactured by Hitachi in Japan. As opposed to the standard process of manufacturing steel, powdered metallurgy starts with raw elements in powdered form, thus creating a more uniform and refined microstructure. ZDP-189 features a Rockwell hardness rating of around 64, far harder than most steels on the market, which means it will retain an edge much longer. It’s capable of being hardened to 65-67 HRC without chipping, too—a testament to its impressive chemical makeup. Composed of 3 percent carbon and 20 percent chromium, it’s also one of the most corrosion-resistant steels ever produced.

Exclusive: Spyderco Delica G-10/ZDP-189 "Blackout"
Exclusive: Spyderco Delica G-10/ZDP-189 "Blackout"


Limited Edition of 1000 pieces

  • Spyderco
  • Made in Japan
  • Blade: ZDP-189 stainless steel
  • Finish: New proprietary “Scratch” pattern
  • Handle: Japanese G-10
  • Liners: Stainless steel, skeletonized
  • Lock: Back lock
  • Clip: Four-way, black
  • Open: Signature ambidextrous thumb hole
  • Phosphor bronze pivot washers
  • Jimping on ramp of blade spine
  • Blade thickness: 0.09 in (2.5 mm)
  • Blade length: 2.9 in (7.3 cm)
  • Handle length: 4.2 in (10.8 cm)
  • Overall length: 7.1 in (18.1 cm)
  • Weight: 2.5 oz (71 g)



All orders will be shipped by Massdrop.

Estimated ship date is May 19, 2017 PT.

After the drop ends, payment will be collected and the group’s order will be submitted to the vendor up front, making all sales final. Check the discussion page for updates on your order.

Recent Activity

Hey everyone, We're bummed this didn't work out for the 200+ people who did place orders. Needless to say, the pricing error at launched is partly to blame for the lack of momentum that would have carried us through to the number needed for a production run to be feasible. As a few members noted, it's never possible for Spyderco to make a sprint run of less than 600 units; while Massdrop would have been able to purchase the difference and sell them in future drops, we didn't see strong enough interest to justify purchasing and holding that additional inventory, given the community's initial reaction. So, while we're disappointed this didn't work out, we did learn a lot - and it's definitely not going to prevent us from offering other Spyderco exclusives in the future. If anything, I think it may lead to getting input from the community and communicating up front about pricing to make sure that we're moving forward on projects that everyone will be stoked about. I do want to give a big shout out to Spyderco. While it's true that an accounting error contributed to this drop failing to reach the threshold, it was only because we launched this product on a relatively short timeline that the error affected us. Moreover, they were quick to respond with a correction and apology. It is unusual for them to sign off on models being offered for pre-sale when production has not even started. They were willing to do this because you all have made Massdrop a vibrant, unique community that offers unique marketing opportunities and valuable feedback, and also because we have the infrastructure to support discussion and updates during the long production and delivery process. I also want to give some big thanks to everyone who participated in the discussion, regardless of whether or not you joined the drop - you provided incredibly valuable feedback that will drive future collaborations with Spyderco...yes, there will be more changes for Massdrop-exclusive sprint runs - and I expect we'll be asking for some community input on those to make sure that everyone's as excited about them as we are. While we're working on that, we'll try to get an order in for Para 3's, but allocations will be VERY limited so please do not expect them soon or in large quantities. We can also try to setup a new Blue Box, which have been very popular, and we'll continue to run drops for other models whenever we can get enough stock and make compelling offers that are in line with Spyderco's MAP policy. Y'all make this possible. Thank you. We'll come back to you with even more and better offers in 2017. Spydey Santa may not be able to get any more knives into your stocking before Christmas, but we checked in with the big guy and our whole Massdrop community is on the Nice list again this year, so you can expect more good things to come. -- Jonas