For me textured FRN has a lot more advantages over G10 than just weight and cost saving (the latter only true if larger numbers of the FRN model are sold). Frankly, imho it's just a better handle material: More durable, grippier, especially with wet or greasy hands, still less of a pocket destroyer, easier to clean..Enactive wrote: ↑Mon Aug 12, 2019 4:39 pmI go back and forth every time this subject has come up. I can see the appeal of the FRN for certain uses and lower cost.
As an owner and user of a Chief, it is hard to imagine that a LW version wouldn't be blade heavy. The only way around this that i am picturing is to keep the stainless backspacer on the LW model which nullifies some of the benefit of the FRN construction.
I also feel that with linerless G10 you only gain a small amount of benefit by going to FRN scales-- the unit price is cheaper and their may be a small weight savings (depending on other construction details?). Additionally, the balance point will always change if you lose the SS backspacer to save more weight.
sal wrote:Knife afi's are pretty far out, steel junky's more so, but "edge junky's" are just nuts.
SpyderEdgeForever wrote: Also, do you think a kangaroo would eat a bowl of spagetti with sauce if someone offered it to them?
Well don't get me wrong, I'm 100% for a Chief LW. But my greater priority is seeing a salt variant.Surfingringo wrote: ↑Mon Aug 12, 2019 6:40 pmInteresting Vivi, I kind of figured you would be all in on the LW version.
Regarding weight, FRN does make a notable difference, even on a linerless knife. If you look at the Native, the g10 version is 3 oz and the LW is 2.45 oz. That means the LW is 18.33% lighter than the g10 version. Applying that formula to the Chief you would have a LW Chief that was 3.18 oz. The percentage could change based on handle to blade weight ratio in the two knives but that would probably be a good estimate. Not a crazy difference but certainly meaningful for light carry.
Also, as Warstein said, there are a lot of advantages to frn other than its lighter weight. Two of them being better grip with wet/greasy/bloody hands and much lower price.
Go crawl eBay for used Spydies. You’ll find plenty of knives from as far back as first gen Delicas (molded clip!) that have completely trashed blades but completely intact handles. Handles don’t take that much abuse as they’re held in your hand most of the time. And FRN is very resilient.
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