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Ontario Knives 8861 vs. Spyderco Resilience


Spyderco Resilience and Ontario Knives 8861 folding knifes are both at the lower end of the market. Many of you will consider these two when choosing your first EDC knife or looking for something a little more wallet friendly to leave in your camping gear.

The 8861 features a neat 4-way clip position and has hardened stainless steel liners with dual thumb studs (perfect if you are a lefty). The Spyderco Resilience Black features their awesome 4-way hourglass clip, tried and tested G-10 handle and saves a few ounces with the skeletonized steel liners. Instead of a thumb stud, this Spyderco utilizes their popular thumb hole in the blade.

Spyderco Resilience vs. Ontario Knives 8861 comparison

Aesthetics – Ontario Rat 2 or the Spyderco Resilience?

Personally I really like the look of the Spyderco. It has the grippy G-10 handle which is functional and beautiful and the thumb hole in the blade makes this knife stand out from the crowd. The Ontario 8861 features the black blade which gives this particular model a very stealthy look, maybe worth considering if you wanted to use this knife in a more covert way.

Ontario 8861 – 6/10 vs Spyderco Resilience 7/10

Quality of Blade

The steel used (8Cr13MoV) in the SypyderCo is considered very good, but generally speaking it will be a little less rust resistant than the AUS-8 blade in the 8861. Both steels should hold an edge very well with minimal blunting with regular use.

Ontario 8861 – 7/10 vs Spyderco Resilience 6/10

Quality of Handle

The Ontario GRN handle (Glass Reinforced Nylon) is not considered as durable as the G-10 (epoxy and fiberglass resin compressed under tremendous force) handle on the Spyderco, nor does it have such an ergonomic grip – so in this category I would have to award the points to the tried and tested G-10 handle on the Spyderco.

Ontario 8861 – 5/10 vs Spyderco Resilience 7/10

Quality of hardware

Both knives are very well put together and have well made components and decent steel in the blade. I can’t put either one ahead of the other in this category – so it ends up a dead heat.

Ontario 8861 – 7/10 vs Spyderco Resilience 7/10

Locking Mechanism

Both knives again came absolutely centered in the handle. The Spyderco opens and shuts smoothly on it’s brass phosphor washers (found in its more expensive cousins) and the 8861 also seemed smooth and slick opening and shutting. The 8861 has a stainless steel liner locking mechanism, likewise the steel Walker liner lock on the Resilience seems secure enough. I couldn’t detect any blade play or looseness. There was a hint of play in the Ontario 8861 knife, which is why it just loses a point to the Resilience.

Ontario 8861 – 6/10 vs Spyderco Resilience 7/10

Value for Money

On Amazon the Ontario knife comes in at $30* where the SpyderCo comes in at $40*, which is 30% more expensive. Does it offer 30% more value in the G10 handle than the 8861? I’m not sure. They are both very highly regarded starter knives – but the real value for money is the Ontario 8861. A true AUS-8 blade for 30 dollars is incredibly good value.

Ontario 8861 – 9/10 vs Spyderco Resilience 7/10

* Due to fluctuations in special offers, and aggressive pricing techniques on Amazon, I highly recommend you check the prices to confirm exactly todays price.

Click here to check the price of the Ontario 8861 or click here to check the price of the Spyderco Resilience.

Personal Preference and Gut Feeling

I would be happy to have either of these two knives in my pocket when I am out hiking in the woods. They will both stand up to a tremendous amount of abuse, and will remain sharp and ready to be called into action with the flick of your wrist. I personally would pick up the slightly more expensive SpyderCo in the morning because of the amazing G-10 grip and longer blade length, which to me personally is an important factor.

Ontario 8861 – 5/10 vs Spyderco Resilience 7/10

Total Scores and Final Thoughts

A close run battle between two extremely competent knives here, which both offer an amazing bang for your buck. The SpyderCo Resilience just pips the Ontario 8861 on our ranking chart.

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