These are situations where my experience has contradicted things I've heard on the internet. I don't care to dip my toes in the universal truth debate.
Factory edges come optimized for your needs.
Factory edges are a compromise between cutting ability and durability. For many tasks they come overly thick. One can generally get much better performance using thin edge angles.
Lockbacks cannot be closed one handed, and are slow.
I've made numerous videos showing multiple ways to close them one handed, and showing they can be as fast to operate as any other folding knife lock.
Carrying tip up is slower than tip down.
Work on your draw. Instead of pinching the very butt end of the knife with your thumb an index finger, slide your thumb as far into your pocket as you can, then wrap your fingers around the clip and draw. When I draw a tip up knife it comes out of my pocket in the same grip I use while opening the knife, no adjustment required.
Serrated knives are difficult to sharpen.
It's easy, it just requires a different technique.
You can't chop or baton wood with a folder.
Neither is a big deal with the right technique. I've done both with everything from Opinels to Voyagers XLs.
You can't baton with a hidden tang fixed blade
. 10 years of doing just that with an Aqua Salt would disagree.
X steel doesn't take a good edge
. Chances are the issue exists in the interface between knife and sharpening medium
Linerless knives are too weak compared to linered knives.
I have never seen someone give me an example of something a knife with liners can do a linerless one cannot. I EDC a linerless knife and I've put it through worse abuse than most linered knives will see.
Edges ground at 8-12dps are not practical for EDC
. While they can require being more careful in certain situations, for the majority of what folks use EDC knives for, the only difference will be superior cutting ability.
Can't baton with stainless steels
. Buy a $10 Mora and try to break it batoning.
Can't spark a firesteel with stainless or H1
. I've seen a few variations of this posted. Not sure how the claim H1 can't make sparks got started, but both coated and uncoated H1 spark ferro rods just fine. It has more to do with how sharp your spine is than which type of steel it is IMO.
X lock can't be operated with a single finger
. Out of all the Spydercos I've tried, there wasn't a single one I couldn't close while operating the lock with just one finger. Though it isn't fun trying to do with the uncaged ball lock
Knives make good choppers
. Just buy a **** axe. They're really good at what they do. You're better off with a $20 Fiskars hatchet and a $12 Mora than a Busse Battle Mistress IMO.