FF_BasicUser wrote:The FRN Chapparal is on top of my list because it seems perfect for the type of carry and need. I've been waiting for this one to be released before finalizing my purchase list. Also finalists on the list are: PE Dragonfly, PM2, SE or kawkbill Dragonfly Salt, and Lil-Native. I did have an eye on Delica, but the Chapparal is comparable enough with more features I like. Also thought about the Manix, but the PM2 is close enough in comparison (again, for me).
As other, the Chap is great (and really all the knives on your list) I’ll also back the rec. for a PM3.
It sounds like your needs and uses are similar to mine. One thing I’ll mention. Especially for “occasional” use, the need for a lock is often over rated/over stated. IMO there are very few true knife tasks that benefit from the blade being locked. Stabbing, hard cutting with your thumb behind the blade and just playing with the lock itself are my top three and I don’t do any of them very much these days
I have lots of Spydies in every possible lock but the one I use and carry these days is a K390 Urban. That steel may be more than you’re looking for (right now) but the Urban platform itself is FANTASTIC. Deep carry, small size (but does EVERYTHING I want it to do) lightweight, easy to deploy and disengage. It really is a wonderful (and often overlooked) model.