As I get older, and maybe more practical, I find myself gravitating towards smaller pocket knives and away from very large knives. I need something I can simply take out of my pocket without a lot of drama and use it, and then return it. This does not mean that I will not buy, or have no use for, larger knives, but simply paying attention to what I get the most use from day to day. All of my life I have carried pocket sized knives, like standard barlows, smaller stockmans, etc. Knives with roughly 2.45 to 2.65" blades that I can get a good grip on are what I always need. Of course I will still buy a Native Chief and an Endela, but the smaller knives will get my attention because they are more useful to me and my lifestyle.
I already ordered the Urban LW AEB-L (at customs now), and I will order a Lil Native, soon. I have a new Dragonfly Salt on the way, as I write this, as well. The barlow I had as a boy, and have so many fond memories of, has been replaced by the Urban, the Cat, Dragonfly, and other such knives.
I am even tempted to buy another Squeak, though I did not care for the one I had because of two issues: 1] The weak spring. My Pingo was/is perfect, with actually good walk and talk. The Squeak was mushy and weak. The spring does not need to be too hard, but this one was a bit difficult to keep open. I gave it to someone moving to Germany. 2] The round blade. It was like a flattened spoon. It should be modified to look like a mini Urban blade, and then it would be just fine. Take that round spine and flatten it. It is otherwise a really nicely designed knife.
I have a Roadie inbound, as well, along with the Urban Coyote, and cannot wait to start using that small knife.
Anyway, rant finished. I find smaller knives, though not too small, to be more generally useful for day to day things, and I am not unnecessarily lugging around a large heavy knife.
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