I agree with Duff, you can't allow one particular model to be an end all assessment on the entire Spyderco line. Then again, I'm partial like Chris, I'm also a Spyderco fanboy but there was a time where I found their models to be a bit comical and they looked like toys to me.
My first Spyderco was a Grasshopper. I liked it, didn't love it and actually gifted it. I found it to be a fancy looking take on a traditional folder. Then I finally took the leap and bought a "real" Spyderco, a Delica. By "real" I really mean that the Delica incapsulates what Spyderco is famous for. A decent steel (VG10) that takes a ridiculous edge, ergonomic design, light weight, and ease of of opening.
However, I still wasn't smitten with Spyderco. I found it to be too light, delicate looking, and dare I say even cheap. This all changed when I put it in my rotation one Summer day. I went to a bbq and helped my buddy out with chopping veggies and meat. His knife was duller than a dowel rod so I had to use my Delica. I was amazed at how comfortable it was to hold, how smoothly it cut and how easy I could open it as well as how light it was in my shorts pocket on that hot day. I carried it for a few weeks and got very familiar with it.
I then got intrigued by their other designs which then introduced me to the exotic and expensive world of exotic steels (S30V, ZDP-180, S35V, etc.). What's really great about Spyderco is that they offer so many interesting designs as well as a reasonable way of trying out some of these higher end steels.