Doc Dan wrote: ↑
Wed Jun 19, 2019 5:52 pm
As I get older, and maybe more practical, I find myself gravitating towards smaller pocket knives and away from very large knives.....
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.
For me it is a bit the other way round: I get older too (believe it or not...
) and in the process find larger knives more and more more practical than smaller ones.
Like probably not too few I started out with a Delica as my first Spyderco and got a BM Minigrip at the same time (those were actually my first two quaility folders generally, and the Minigrip remained the only non-Spyderco-folder I kept). And while for me the Delica overall was the better knife with way better ergos and lock, I began quite soon to wish it had the bit more actual edge the Minigrip offers.
In my daily use an actual edge
- length (so not blade-length) between 8 and 9 cm (that´s around between 3.1 to 3.5" of edge) has turned out to be the most usefull. I do a lot of food prep on the road or in the outdoors with my folders, that´s one area where you want a longer blade. Furthermore, when doing longer cuts, with a short edge I run out of blade before I finished cutting the material (cardboard); A longer blade also allows me to keep hand or pivot further away from things I cut; And at the end of a day a longer edge will more likely still have some razor sharp areas than a short one.
And for me a longer handle always has better ergos and allows for better leverage than a shorter one.
That being said: I almost always carry my knives in the right front pocket, and even an Endura can get a bit long/uncomfortable in the pocket when you´re wearing somewhat tighter pants and riding a bike or sitting in a car. A handle-length like the Stretch 1 offers is perfect for me, and I would not go longer than a closed Endura is.
But as a person who loves knives and their designs, I can also really value well designed small
knives, cause I think it is much harder to make a small knife ergonomically right than a larger one. The Chaparral is a masterpiece in that regard imho.
So, concluding: In my day to day life I normally really want an about Endura-sized folder in my pocket. But on days when a very small and light knife is better (for example loosely in a zippered pocket when backcountry skiing) I really can appreciate a well designed
little one, and even like the "challenge" of doing every task with a short blade, even if a longer one would be better (much like bikers sometimes like to ride a single-speed-bike, despite there are 27-speed bikes available...
Top three going by pocket-time: Endura 4 in VG 10/Micarta-scales; Stretch 1 in VG 10; Endura 4 in HAP 40