Eli Chaps wrote:I worry that Spyderco has become overly fixated on the 50/50 choil. On an EDC I rarely need a choil. For me, choils are mostly used for fine work. Choking up on the blade, often with your thumb along the spine, and doing some kind of detailed work where you want a lot of control. I guess some folks might like them for hard "stripping" or shaving type work but I've never really found that to be needed. Usually I ham-fist the handle of a knife, regardless of design, for hard work like that.
I love the Dfly2 but I really don't use the choil that often. I do because I am forced to but if it wasn't there I wouldn't miss it at all.
The issue I have with the 50/50 choil is that the rest of the grip suffers. The Stretch 2 was a blaring example of this for me. A very cool knife that I very much wanted and very much wanted to like. But the choil is the exact reason I didn't. If I held it in the choil grip it was great, but if I just held the handle without the choil then it didn't work for me. It is the same with the Sage 5 and Native 5 for me. They basically require a choil grip to really feel comfortable. That isn't okay with me, as, like I said, I rarely need to use that type of grip.
The Buck 110 was and remains insanely popular for many reasons but one of them is absolutely the handle shape. It's thin and tapered and simple and fits a lot of different hands.
The M2LW is at the top of my list largely because it finds a great balance between the comfort of using the "main" handle and also using the finger choil.
I'd prefer Spyderco got away from using the 50/50 choil. It looks neat and feels neat but it just doesn't have a lot of practical application in my life.
I end up buying a lot of knives from Spyderco with choils because I like the overall design, but if I could get them with no choil I would.
I find more utility out of extra cutting edge on pocket sized knives, and I like having the cutting edge closer to the main grip.
If a knife doesn't offer a comfortable grip behind the choil, 99% of the time its off my radar. I've found I don't like knives such as the dragonfly where you're forced to use the choil for a full four finger grip. It's one reason I prefer the Para 2 to the 1, because I can get a good grip on it without using the choil.
One of the reasons the Chinook 4 is on my radar is the lack of a choil.