Honestly the majority of stuff I do with my EDC knife these days is kitchen stuff. Slicing tomatoes into wedges to eat, cutting sandwiches in half, spreading butter on bread, that sort of thing. And a longer knife is very useful in those cases. As far as the other common tasks I use my knife for: my job doesn't require lots of cutting of heavy materials and I spend most of my free time sitting at my computer, but long knives are great for letter opening, cardboard slicing, package opening, etc. Technically, I don't need a long knife -- I could, theoretically, get something irritatingly small like a Dragonfly and use it for everything. Technically I could also skip the knife entirely, eat my tomatoes and sandwiches whole, spread butter with my fingers, and rip through packages with my teeth. Do I want to? No.MichaelScott wrote: ↑Thu Nov 08, 2018 2:17 pm...speaking of those who carry a knife in order to cut the occasional thing during the day (not kitchen duties), how many of us really need a “larger” knife, anything over 3”? I am also excepting those whose job requires frequent cutting of heavier or tougher materials. I’m focused on most of us who don’t spend considerable time in the woods or on a fishing boat but in the office, at home, etc...
Agreed with this exactly, with the caveat that I prefer knives slightly longer, like about 4 to 4.5". My EDC (the ATS-55 version of the Rescue) has an edge length of 3.25" and an overall blade length of about 3.75", and I've often wished it was maybe 0.5" longer (although I do enjoy it immensely in its current configuration )The Meat man wrote: ↑Thu Nov 08, 2018 3:10 pmI don't know...to be honest, I probably don't need a knife with a blade over 3" but since when was this knife hobby about needs?
I prefer a blade to be 3.5 to 4" long. I find a longer blade to be more versatile and useful for a wider range of tasks. As David said, better to have it and not need it, than need it and not have it.
sal wrote: ↑Thu Nov 08, 2018 3:22 pmNeed is not an effective word. Do you "need" a house, car, food, etc. Do you "need" a computer, TV, etc. ? Do you need steak or even meat?
I Want to carry as large of a knife as I can legally and sometimes I will carry a larger knife. I can just do more with a larger knife. I will sometimes carry a smaller knife (Manbug) but almost always too accompany a larger blade.
xceptnl wrote: ↑Thu Nov 08, 2018 5:36 pmI don't find that I NEED larger knives everytime I cut something. I do however almost always WANT to use the biggest knife I have on my person for any given task.
Do I NEED to whip out my orange SE Spyderhawk in a flash to cut a piece of thread? No, but I want to make sure the thread knows I mean business.
Also agree with Sal, xceptnl, and and Vivi here.Vivi wrote: ↑Thu Nov 08, 2018 6:29 pmJust because I can get by with less, doesn't make it the best choice in every scenario.
Larger blades are more efficient for a lot of things. My mentality isn't to carry the smallest blade I can get by with. It's to carry the largest one I can comfortably carry.
I'd like to add that even people with smaller hands can often prefer large knives, because long knives are awesome I am 5'2" and kinda scrawny, with hands sized to match the rest of me, and can wear children's glove sizes. I still like longer knives.
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