Welcome to the forum, and Spyderco's excellent knives. You really need to try out a Dragonfly and a Delica. The Dragonfly is small, but very capable for lots of things. The Delica is just a great all around knife. Here's a Dragonfly vid to help you out...
If you like a bit larger, and are thinking of the Delica, why not wait for the Delica wharncliffe . Great work knife. Here's a vid...
Holy ****! That knife slides through that cardboard like butter! You may just have convinced me to wait for the wharncliffe delica!
@Marius - I have been talking to my dealer about the Para3, seems it will be in stock in a month or 2. Don't know if I can wait that long to get my hands on the it, but i'll try
@Bugs - I have seen many recommendations for the Delica, and I am seriously considering it at the moment. Jazz here posted a video which might cause me to buy both the Dragonfly and
the Delica...Which would be terrible for my wallet.
@anagarika - Am interested in ZDP mainly because of its edge retention properties
I currently have a couple knives that I use daily for work, but my main user is in D2 steel. I have yet to notice any staining issues, but I maintain my blades every weekend.
I do not use my knives for prying so that will hopefully chipping will not be an issue!
@swigert - I am fairly new to sharpening my own knives(Only been at it for a couple months), previously I used to send in my knives routinely to this nice fellow who offered sharpening services. I have a set of waterstones(600/1000/3000) and am in the process of ordering a strop from Stropman.
If you have sharpening advice to offer, I am all ears.
@SpyderEdgeForever - Thank you. The knife laws here in Singapore are rather tricky, in that they do not specifically mention anything about blade length, but only on opening mechanisms(Autos and assists are prohibited). It is mostly about intent of use. I carry my knife only when at work, either inside a toolroll, or with me when working on something.
The reason why I'm going for smaller knives is because I simply do not need the longer blade, and in many cases long-bladed knives are seen to be more threatening.
@Evil D - I was considering that, but I have no experience sharpening serrated knives(Knife sharpening newbie here!), so I stick with plain edge ones.
I find that a knife sharpened with a 600grit doesn't have much problems cutting through cables, and for the thicker ones(3mm+) I have a pair of heavy duty shears!
@dreadpirate - I find myself pretty interested in the compression lock on the Sage5, the only other ones I've had were slipjoints, linerlocks and framelocks. Also liking that carbon fiber pattern on it.
@Nick - Off the top of my head, not very sure. I know the PM2 was around 230 or so though, about the same as the Native 5 G10 that I looked at.
If you want prices for specific models, you can let me know which ones, and I'll go ask around for you next time I drop by.
Apologies for the late replies, I just woke up here