I do intend to get a waterway and the new swick, but fixed blades don't currently fit 99% of my use cases. Fixed blades are inherently easier to handle and more reliable, for sure, but where they falter is the safe, consistent return to carry.
With a folding knife I can make it carry-safe while in my hand, immediately after my use, and then toss it into any pocket to free up both hands. With a fixed blade, I need to devote some minimum amount of attention to placing it back into a sheath. Any mistakes and I have a very sharp edge sliding wrong somewhere within an inch of my body.
That said, this is entirely a facet of the way that I conduct my current cutting tasks.
the cycle for me is typically intermittent:
work---need to cut---pull out knife and cut, return to pocket---work some more
however, if my tasks consisted of needing the knife for the bulk of the work - such as batonning or trimming up a fencepost, then I could definitely understand how the return to safe carry becomes a much less frequent occurrence, say at the end of a work period. I wouldn't dream of unsheathing and resheathing an axe for each blow, and I feel my uses for a fixed blade would be treated similarly.
Spyderco Collection: Always in Flux...
Southard, PITS, Shaman, CF S90v Shaman, Ikuchi, Amalgam, Spyderhawk H1, Squarehead LW, Smallfly G10, UKPK
40th Anniversary Native
Would like to own again: Lil Native, Para 3 LW, Hawkbill Dragonfly 2 H1, Sheepsfoot Caribbean
Wishlist: Kapara, Lil Chokwe, Tanto PM2, Sage 5 LW, Shaman Sprints!