Last Updated: December 4, 2019
The Spyderco Dragonfly 2 is a knife that, frankly, I didn’t think I would like. As far as every day carry goes, I’m into medium to large size folders. Maybe it’s a macho thing, I really don’t know, but I just felt like I would be under-equipped with a small knife and I really like having a full 4 finger grip.
So the thought of packing a massive 5-7/16″ knife with me that weighs a whopping 1.2 ounces wasn’t super appealing. That is, until I got my hands on the knife. It took me about 2 seconds to realize how badly I had underestimated this little knife, so lets give this awesome EDC blade the full run down in my review.
General Dimensions and Blade Details
The Dragonfly has a 2-5/16″ blade, an overall length of 5-7/16″ and a weight of just 1.2 ounces. You hear about knives that just “disappear” into the pocket and that you forget about carrying – well, this one really is. I love this thing for EDC, it’s perfect for almost any kind of urban environment and it’s got a big enough blade (and more importantly, a comfortable enough handle) for most EDC tasks.
And here’s a video review I did many years ago:
The blade on this knife is a beautiful little leaf shape, and kind of aggressive looking with a very fine tip. To me, the blade almost resembles a dart. The small swedge running across the top softens the feel of the spine and the whole blade has been given a full flat grind. There is adequate belly and an excellent tip. This blade excels at opening mail and packages.
This knife was made in Japan and like many of Spyderco’s Japanese production knives this one features VG-10 blade steel. VG-10 is a great choice as it holds a good edge and is capable of getting extremely sharp. No complaints with the VG-10 version but the ZDP-189 version is even better with its amazing edge retention qualities. I’d highly consider the upgrade to ZDP-189 if your budget can handle it, but I’ve found VG-10 to be entirely adequate for my purposes.
Handle, Ergonomics and Pocket Clip
The handle on the Dragonfly is made of fiberglass reinforced nylon (FRN) and is covered in Spyderco’s bi-directional texturing. This is the same kind of texturing found on both the Delica and Endura and I find that it offers exceptional grip in both wet and dry situations. Unlike the Delica and Endura, the Dragonfly does not have stainless steel liners. That is not a problem for me because the handle feels plenty strong and it is a big part of the reason why this knife weighs so little. Fans of G10 and steel can rejoice because Spyderco also makes a G10 version. All in all handle construction is solid, I like that they used screws for easy take down and everything feels very well finished.
Ergonomics is where we really start to see this little knife shine. Most smaller blades suffer from poor ergonomics and get kicked out of my pocket pretty quickly. The Dragonfly has extremely refined ergonomics and squeezes big grip out of a small knife. First of all, you have a 50/50 choil and large thumb ramp. Both have been given a large amount of jimping. I am a huge fan of 50/50 choils, it really can transform the way a knife handles and what it’s done for the Dragonfly is no exception. But perhaps my favorite ergonomic feature is the way the back end of the handle has been shaped to support the pinky finger. This gives you a true 4 finger grip and allows for awesome leverage on the knife. In my mind, this little section of FRN is what really makes the Dragonfly work.
The pocket clip is another home run. This is a Spyderco wire clip and is perhaps my favorite pocket clip design of all time (really). Small, but very secure, this little piece of hardened steel gives you a deep and reliable carry. The handle has been designed to allows for ambidextrous tip up carry. My only suggestion would be to anodize it black like on my Sage 1 – then it would be virtually invisible riding in a pair of blue jeans or dress pants.
Here is your pocket clip shot:
Deployment and Lockup
The Dragonfly takes advantage of a 11 mm Spyder-hole. This is a good size for the knife and has been left kind of sharp, which ensures that you thumb will catch on it every time. Deployment is smooth and reliable and you can easily flick this knife open if you like. I have zero complaints with the deployment.
Lockup is achieved through a small lock-back positioned in the middle of the handle. I like the lock-back on this knife, it’s easy to get too and the spring isn’t too heavy. The lock-back makes this a fully ambidextrous knife as well (always a plus – especially when a lefty is writing the review). Lockup is rock solid on the FRN version, with zero play in any direction.
Here is a parting size comparison with a Benchmade Mini Griptilian and a Kershaw Skyline, two other all-star EDC knives:
Spyderco Dragonfly II Review – Final Thoughts
This has been the story of the little knife that could. I seriously have nothing bad to say about the Dragonfly. I am totally impressed by how well this thing works as an EDC blade. Since it weighs nothing I also like pairing this with a larger tactical folder; that way I always have the right tool for the job.
Perhaps the only downside is the price. With a price tag hovering in the $50 range, you are looking at Delica (and almost Endura) territory. Some might have a hard time justifying spending that kind of money on such a small knife, especially given the rest of Spyderco’s product line.
However, I love my Dragonfly II and it has remained one of my all time favorite EDC knives. It is hard to beat this small, lightweight package for daily carry. The knife is imminently useful when you need it, but disappears into your pocket. It has stood the test of time for me, and easily makes my best edc knives list. For fans of Spyderco and ultra lightweight EDC knives, the Dragonfly II is a no-brainer.
- DRAGONFLY 2 - The Dragonfly 2 upgrades features over the classic while keeping the important basics. Features carrying-over to the new version are the tried & tested mid-sized blade and ergonomic handle along with a front-finger choil and spine cusp.
- FRN HANDLE - Fiberglass Reinforced Nylon is a polymer mixed with glass fiber then injection molded into formed and textured lightweight high-strength knife handles.
- FULL-FLAT GRIND - This knife features a blade ground with flat bevels that extend from the spine all the way to the cutting edge. This grind reduces drag during cutting and decreases overall weight.
- PLAINEDGE - A sharpened knife blade with no serrations or teeth sometimes referred to as a smooth blade.
- SPECIFICATIONS - Closed Length (Inches): 3.33, Overall Length (Inches): 5.61, Blade Length (Inches):2.28, Blade Steel: VG-10, Grind: Full-Flat
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