Poll: 3.5-inch EDC showdown!

Discuss Spyderco's products and history.

What's your favorite 3.5 inch EDC?

Para 2
61
31%
Stretch
22
11%
Caly 3.5
38
19%
Manix 2
25
13%
Gayle Bradley
13
7%
Southard
24
12%
Tenacious
6
3%
Double Bevel
1
1%
Nilakka
2
1%
"That's not a knife, that's a spoon."
5
3%
 
Total votes: 197

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Poll: 3.5-inch EDC showdown!

Postby Nate » Sat Jan 25, 2014 8:13 am

Para 2
Stretch
Caly 3.5
Manix 2
Gayle Bradley
Southard
Tenacious
Double Bevel
Nilakka
"That's not a knife, that's a spoon."

Scanned the catalog and tried to get everything that was close, without going over. Of the bunch, I currently only have a Para 2, but have a Stretch on pre-order and have been looking hard at the Caly 3.5 as well.

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Postby gbelleh » Sat Jan 25, 2014 8:38 am

The Para 2 is probably my favorite overall knife ever. But... I actually voted Caly 3.5. Specifically for EDC, it's hard to beat the Caly 3.5. It's thin, narrow, light, ergonomic, and cuts like a laser. The smaller footprint in pocket puts it slightly ahead of the Para 2 for EDC purposes.
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Postby Nate » Sat Jan 25, 2014 9:08 am

gbelleh wrote:...for EDC, it's hard to beat the Caly 3.5. It's thin, narrow, light, ergonomic, and cuts like a laser.
Yeah, the praise for the 3.5 has it moving up my list. I have been carrying a UKPK often, the ergos really won me over for the reasons you cite. Ideally, I'd like to track down a SB sprint, but the 3.5's seem to be harder to find than the 3's...

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Postby eric m. » Sat Jan 25, 2014 9:10 am

gbelleh wrote:The Para 2 is probably my favorite overall knife ever. But... I actually voted Caly 3.5. Specifically for EDC, it's hard to beat the Caly 3.5. It's thin, narrow, light, ergonomic, and cuts like a laser. The smaller footprint in pocket puts it slightly ahead of the Para 2 for EDC purposes.
I voted for Stretch. I love my Gayle Bradley, but it is somewhat heavy for warm weather/light pants carry. I look at the Gayle Bradley as a Stretch on steroids anyway! :)

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Postby APS » Sat Jan 25, 2014 9:14 am

Stretch for me. I prefer a backlock and the Caly handle is just too narrow for me.
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Postby gull wing » Sat Jan 25, 2014 9:55 am

I can't pick one, I like these knives a lot(not in any order):
Southard
Caly 3.5
Stretch
Gayle Brad
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Postby xceptnl » Sat Jan 25, 2014 11:03 am

I couldn't pick just one. I voted Caly 3.5 with a second place to the Manix 2.
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Postby earthman » Sat Jan 25, 2014 11:08 am

My vote is for the Manix 2,.....Para 2 is extremely close behind it. :)

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Postby LDphifty » Sat Jan 25, 2014 11:16 am

i put up a post yesterday asking about people's preferences on a few of the knives listed above. i will be following this thread closely. thanks Apophis.

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Postby Nate » Sat Jan 25, 2014 11:44 am

LD,

I can't lie, your thread was the inspiration for this poll, so thank you too!

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Postby 78lilred » Sat Jan 25, 2014 12:17 pm

Depends on the day and cutting tasks, but for solid built do it all I'd say Southard.
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Postby The Deacon » Sat Jan 25, 2014 1:45 pm

Unless I'm heading into Greenville, where there's a 3" blade limit, there's a Stretch in my back pocket. Some days it's the FRN VG-10 version, some days it's an original SS/Kraton VG-10 one that STR customized with lignum vitae scales over titanium liners, some days its a bolstered cocobolo prototype, and lately it could be one of the two Nishijin GF VG-10 Damascus versions. Been carrying the blue one today.
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Postby Tdog » Sat Jan 25, 2014 2:01 pm

I went with the Caly 3.5. If I didn't have to work, that might change to the Para 1-2 as I prefer the Compression lock.

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Postby Pockets » Sat Jan 25, 2014 4:14 pm

Stretch SE. FFG and teeth FTW!!!
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Postby sharpguitarist » Sat Jan 25, 2014 6:34 pm

Hey guys,
I voted Southard, its a great knife!
Next for me would be the Tenacious, followed by the Manix 2.
These are the only three that I have from your list.
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Postby MAM » Sat Jan 25, 2014 8:05 pm

I chose "spoon". Mainly because I no longer carry knives that small. I gave them all away or sold them. My favorite spydies are the military and xl manix2

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Postby Spydersense » Sat Jan 25, 2014 8:18 pm

I only have experience with 2 of these knives so far. I voted Para 2, but love the Manix 2 as well.

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Postby LC Kid » Sat Jan 25, 2014 8:43 pm

Hey Folks!


As it was said before, while the Para2 might the best overall knife in modern cutlery, the Caly 3.5 is way more efficient specifically for EDC tasks.

Hands down. :cool:
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Postby bdblue » Sat Jan 25, 2014 8:45 pm

For EDC I think the PM2 is best. It is slim and light. I like the Tenacious too and it is a good choice for someone with a smaller budget. I like the Manix 2 for times when I think I might need a tougher knife. I don't know that it really is tougher than the PM2 but it feels tougher.

For me personally, I automatically disregard all of the models with lockbacks and/or FRN.

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Postby eric m. » Sat Jan 25, 2014 9:45 pm

The Deacon wrote:Unless I'm heading into Greenville, where there's a 3" blade limit, there's a Stretch in my back pocket. Some days it's the FRN VG-10 version, some days it's an original SS/Kraton VG-10 one that STR customized with lignum vitae scales over titanium liners, some days its a bolstered cocobolo prototype, and lately it could be one of the two Nishijin GF VG-10 Damascus versions. Been carrying the blue one today.
Deacon, I saw the picture of that bolstered cocobola stretch you have. Is that the prototype you mention here? If it is, when is that thing going to be released, because I want one BAD!? :)


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