Wartstein wrote: ↑
Thu Aug 29, 2019 12:01 am
I'll really have to try out that Endura 3 style Pac Salt handle in comparison to the Endura 4 (I'm one of those who loves the Endura 4 ergos, but who knows, maybe the Pac salts are even better?).
And even more so I'll have to try that H1-SE-edge-holding-work-hardening thing. Which I still don't get fully in theory.
I wonder: If Spyderco would make a PE Pac Salt in H1, but with a chisel grind (like the SE has) and the exact same acute angle the SE has, applying the exact same force while grinding: Would the SE still have better edge holding than the PE resp. would the SE still be "harder" (as far as it is generally possible to measure and compare the edge holding of SE vs PE ) ??
Anyway, except there´ll be a blue handled Endela PE soon (which I doubt...), I am pretty sure a Pac Salt SE will be my next purchase...
This photo does a good job of illustrating why I dislike the E4 ergonomics:
If I grip the E4 with two fingers in the first finger groove, there is no way to utilize the thumb ramp without my first thumb joint being at a near 90 degree angle. It is painful. It looks kind of like this, and I have no idea how people grip a knife like this in comfort:
So I figured I could grip it with one finger in the first groove, my middle finger in the small second finger groove, and pinky + ring finger in the last. Now my hand is too far from the cutting edge for efficient leverage, and the knife feels too blade heavy.
The E3 handle design allows me to grip the knife with one finger in the first groove, two in the second, and my pinky on the last. This lets me comfortably use the thumb ramp, while getting my hand closer to the cutting edge than the further back grip on the E4 allows.
In many respects I like the E4 better than the E3. Grippier texture, jimping on the thumb ramp, 4 way clip, etc. But the lightweight linerless design, being able to tighten the clip with any two coins instead of a specialized screwdriver bit I only have at home, and the superior ergonomics make the E3 the winner for me. Being rust proof is icing on the cake. I've spent enough time in my life sanding rusty pocket knife liners to never want to do it again.
The Endura 5 should use the Cara Cara 2 handle. It has the spacing of the E3 handle with a choil added in an otherwise useless space. It's the most ergonomic expression of the Endura style handle IMO.