Ideal blade thickness for your EDC folder?

Discuss Spyderco's products and history.
User avatar
Airlsee
Member
Posts: 75
Joined: Tue Nov 01, 2016 5:27 am
Location: DFW, Texas

Ideal blade thickness for your EDC folder?

Postby Airlsee » Thu Nov 01, 2018 5:06 pm

4mm? 2mm? What and why? How much does length & weight play a part? I understand everyone's needs are different, just curious as to how the community feels.

brainfriction
Member
Posts: 212
Joined: Tue Jul 17, 2018 7:55 pm
Location: Wisconsin, USA, Earth.

Re: Ideal blade thickness for your EDC folder?

Postby brainfriction » Thu Nov 01, 2018 6:07 pm

I feel like 3.5mm (Manix, PM2, etc) is just about perfect for my needs. Good balance of strength and weight. Some of these ridiculously large, overbuilt folders make me wonder if someone can't decide between a pry bar or a pocket knife, lol.

kodai78
Member
Posts: 183
Joined: Fri Apr 06, 2018 9:14 pm
Location: Houston, Texas

Re: Ideal blade thickness for your EDC folder?

Postby kodai78 » Thu Nov 01, 2018 6:22 pm

I think the Manix and PM2 are just right for longer heavier knives mine are FFG. I can use those knives for anything. I wouldn’t want to try some things with them though. A smaller, shorter blade (height and length) would be more useful for some tasks. In a smaller knife the DF2 and Chapparal are much thinner and just right. So for me it’s the size of the knife, the use case, that determines “ideal blade thickness”. Interesting question. I hope you get a lively discussion going on the topic.
:spyder: Smock, Baby Jess Horn CE, Spydiechef, Schempp Bowie,Ti Fluted Military, Titanium Military, Native S30 V and G10, PM 2 in S35VN, and S110V, Manix 2 LW BD1, Sage 5, Positron black CPM S30V, Chaparral w/Raffir Noble scales, SuperLeaf VG 10, Ladybug H1, Dragonfly 2 in ZDP 189 and Superblue/420J1 and H1, Delica in ZDP 189, Clipitool Standard, the Cook’s knife VG10, Santorum, paring and utility knives, all in MBS 26. :spyder:

User avatar
knivesandbooks
Member
Posts: 1325
Joined: Tue Aug 15, 2017 8:43 pm
Location: Tulsa, OK

Re: Ideal blade thickness for your EDC folder?

Postby knivesandbooks » Thu Nov 01, 2018 7:06 pm

2 to 3 millimeters. Anything bigger is overkill and can impact performance, I believe. At the very least, it isn't necessary for a folding edc utility knife. 3 millimeters is fine and pretty standard. Especially for a utility knife. I prefer for them to be around 2 millimeters like the chaparral or around that mark. Most knives don't have that though.
I own an assisted knife and am embarrassed to admit I enjoy it.

User avatar
Bloke
Member
Posts: 4051
Joined: Fri May 13, 2016 12:43 am
Location: Sydney, Australia.

Re: Ideal blade thickness for your EDC folder?

Postby Bloke » Thu Nov 01, 2018 7:15 pm

Certainly not: Cutting Edge: 2.63", Blade Thickness: 0.150". :rolleyes:
A day without laughter is a day wasted. ~ Charlie Chaplin

User avatar
Vivi
Member
Posts: 6460
Joined: Mon Oct 29, 2007 8:15 am

Re: Ideal blade thickness for your EDC folder?

Postby Vivi » Thu Nov 01, 2018 7:26 pm

2mm for me, even on longer knives like the Police and Millie. The only thing thicker blades do better is get stuck in things I'm cutting.

Centofante XL? Catcherman Sprint? Diet Millie?

:D

I'm looking at getting my custom fixed blade design made by a custom maker, and I'm specifically requesting 2mm blade stock. I love the Izula but it really needs to hit the gym.

User avatar
Bloke
Member
Posts: 4051
Joined: Fri May 13, 2016 12:43 am
Location: Sydney, Australia.

Re: Ideal blade thickness for your EDC folder?

Postby Bloke » Thu Nov 01, 2018 7:29 pm

Vivi wrote:
Thu Nov 01, 2018 7:26 pm
2mm for me, even on longer knives like the Police and Millie. The only thing thicker blades do better is get stuck in things I'm cutting.
;) :)
A day without laughter is a day wasted. ~ Charlie Chaplin

User avatar
knivesandbooks
Member
Posts: 1325
Joined: Tue Aug 15, 2017 8:43 pm
Location: Tulsa, OK

Re: Ideal blade thickness for your EDC folder?

Postby knivesandbooks » Thu Nov 01, 2018 7:55 pm

Vivi wrote:
Thu Nov 01, 2018 7:26 pm
2mm for me, even on longer knives like the Police and Millie. The only thing thicker blades do better is get stuck in things I'm cutting.

Centofante XL? Catcherman Sprint? Diet Millie?

:D

I'm looking at getting my custom fixed blade design made by a custom maker, and I'm specifically requesting 2mm blade stock. I love the Izula but it really needs to hit the gym.
I'd love a 2mm 3 knife set. 2mm Chaparral size folder, 2mm military size folder, and 3.5 to 4 inch fixed blade with 2mm stock. All with the same general shape, colors, and shape.

I also want a 2mm serrated.
I own an assisted knife and am embarrassed to admit I enjoy it.

User avatar
sinnyc
Member
Posts: 61
Joined: Wed Jun 06, 2018 9:35 pm
Location: North

Re: Ideal blade thickness for your EDC folder?

Postby sinnyc » Thu Nov 01, 2018 11:19 pm

2.5mm-ish. I'm a huge Manix fan and have 7 of them. The only thing I'd change on them is blade thickness - just a liiiittle thinner and it would be utter perfection.

User avatar
The Deacon
Member
Posts: 24981
Joined: Fri Sep 24, 2004 10:33 am
Location: Upstate SC, USA
Contact:

Re: Ideal blade thickness for your EDC folder?

Postby The Deacon » Fri Nov 02, 2018 2:59 am

2mm for me. I love the Chaparral and would kill for a Stretch with a 2mm thick blade.
Paul
My Personal Website ---- Beginners Guide to Spyderco Collecting ---- Spydiewiki
Deplorable :p
WTC # 1458 - 1504 - 1508 - Never Forget, Never Forgive!

dsvirsky
Member
Posts: 498
Joined: Fri Sep 24, 2004 10:33 am
Location: SW VA

Re: Ideal blade thickness for your EDC folder?

Postby dsvirsky » Fri Nov 02, 2018 6:27 am

Put me aquare in the 2mm camp. I can't think of anything I do with a folder where a thicker blade would work better.

User avatar
Evil D
Member
Posts: 20613
Joined: Sat Jun 26, 2010 9:48 pm
Location: Northern KY

Re: Ideal blade thickness for your EDC folder?

Postby Evil D » Fri Nov 02, 2018 7:25 am

I like reground blades for the fact that you can still have a 4mm pivot and tang while having a thinner blade.
SHARPEN IT LIKE YOU LOVE IT, USE IT LIKE YOU HATE IT
~David

User avatar
elena86
Member
Posts: 2581
Joined: Fri Sep 03, 2010 6:59 am
Location: Somewhere in Europe

Re: Ideal blade thickness for your EDC folder?

Postby elena86 » Fri Nov 02, 2018 7:33 am

2-2.5 mm...perfect ...more than 2.5 is overkill...but, that's not enough ....the thinner behind the edge the better.
Marius

" A mind all logic is like a knife all blade. It makes the hand bleed that uses it " ( Rabindranath Tagore )

zhyla
Member
Posts: 1583
Joined: Tue Apr 20, 2010 2:12 pm

Re: Ideal blade thickness for your EDC folder?

Postby zhyla » Fri Nov 02, 2018 8:01 am

2mm for day to day EDC. If I know I'm doing home repair or bumming around some outdoor area I'll take the Manix 2 instead.

Bill1170
Member
Posts: 1802
Joined: Tue Oct 20, 2009 7:34 pm
Location: San Diego North County

Re: Ideal blade thickness for your EDC folder?

Postby Bill1170 » Fri Nov 02, 2018 10:41 am

2.0mm to 2.5mm would be my preference for 3”-4” bladed folders.

EvilD makes a good point about thicker tangs/thinner blades. Not only does this stabilize the pivot but it helps lock geometry, especially so for liner and compression locks.

Baron Mind
Member
Posts: 249
Joined: Tue Mar 13, 2018 4:18 pm

Re: Ideal blade thickness for your EDC folder?

Postby Baron Mind » Fri Nov 02, 2018 11:00 am

I'd just love to see Spyderco start reducing their behind the edge thickness

User avatar
Peter1960
Member
Posts: 3404
Joined: Fri Nov 18, 2005 2:54 pm
Location: Austria, Europe

Re: Ideal blade thickness for your EDC folder?

Postby Peter1960 » Fri Nov 02, 2018 11:06 am

2mm thickness for an EDC-blade would also be my way to go ... but unfortunately it fails due to appropriate offers from :spyder: company.
Peter - founding member of Spydiewiki.com

"Integrity is being good even if no one is watching"
Spyderco's company motto

User avatar
SpyderEdgeForever
Member
Posts: 6301
Joined: Mon Jul 23, 2012 6:53 pm
Location: USA

Re: Ideal blade thickness for your EDC folder?

Postby SpyderEdgeForever » Fri Nov 02, 2018 5:42 pm

I have gotten by with Opinel and other knives with thinner blades but my ideal would be in the 3.0-5 mm range. I know to some that sounds on the thick side.

User avatar
embry386
Member
Posts: 313
Joined: Wed Jun 14, 2017 10:17 pm

Re: Ideal blade thickness for your EDC folder?

Postby embry386 » Fri Nov 02, 2018 11:15 pm

I haven't taken the time to look up blade thickness stats, but I'd like most of my knives more if they had about 1/3 their current thickness shaved off. I like thin slicey blades. Having them flat-ground would be even better. It's generally not a major issue for me though, because I know I can always send them somewhere to get reground if it really starts bothering me. Unless the knife is DLC and the regrind would mess up the blades. That's when I get more irritated that it didn't come thinner from the factory.

Both my current favorite EDC blades are neither particularly thin nor flat-ground though, so, that just goes to show that those things aren't particularly important factors for me -- I'll go for the lightweight knives with ergos that fit my hands, regardless of the blade thickness and grind.

User avatar
NoFair
Member
Posts: 2029
Joined: Mon Jul 24, 2006 3:23 pm
Location: Norway

Re: Ideal blade thickness for your EDC folder?

Postby NoFair » Sat Nov 03, 2018 4:19 am

about 2-3mm. The Millie is 4, but tapers pretty well. Can't imagine me breaking it even if it was 3mm


Return to “Spyderco General Discussion”

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: Bing [Bot], BLM, curlyhairedboy, Google [Bot], JuPaul, marty_bill_, normal, PeaceInOurTime, rcwill98, yablanowitz and 43 guests