Sure isn't fun looking down and seeing exposed blade, is it? I'm glad to hear you avoided getting cut!MichaelScott wrote: ↑Tue Oct 29, 2019 6:01 pmI have to say that I have been forced from the theoretical to the practical. Let me illustrate why and the conundrum that has created for me.
Last Saturday we left Denver after multiple days of medical appointments scans labs meetings etc. Having finished my chemo but I having fallen and broken my left leg I am for all purposes immobile except for my wheelchair. So for the trip I took by Ruger single stack 9 mm as usual and my para three lightweight. On the trip from Denver to Colorado Springs after having to squirm around into and out of the backseat and the same for the front seat I discovered that my para three had opened and I almost seriously cut myself. I took it out stashed it somewhere in the car. We stopped in downtown Colorado Springs for some coffee and a snack to get us home, another hour and a half drive still, and sitting in the handicap spot next to a recycle drop off bin I had a continuous stream of bin pickers stop by looking for something worthwhile to eat, sell, I don’t know. But each of them certainly eyeballed me, a bald old man sitting in a car with a handicap placard all alone. In the rush to get packed and get our son to the airport my trusty 9 mm was still on the bottom of my pack something I had no chance of reaching. Talk about feeling vulnerable?
I don’t want to try a standard fixed blade. Difficult to carry and deploy in my situation and not appropriate in the hospitals and clinics I now frequent. But after my Para 3 incident, I am shying away from folders. So, I am considering an ARK Serrated. Seems it would be accessible when needed for someone in my condition and the serrations would do a job.
Any advice from my Spyder brothers and sisters will certainly be valuable and appreciated.
First and foremost: I hope your leg gets well soon and wish you all the best anyway!
Thank you. Good ideas all. I think sitting in a car seat or wheelchair presents the most difficulty of access. Most any knife would do if I could access and deploy it reasonably quickly from one of those two positions. So, still thinking about it and I still appreciate all the feedback. Thank you againCambertree wrote: ↑Wed Oct 30, 2019 6:35 pmMichael, I guess considering the cause of the pocket opening might help, if you can choose a knife that minimises that cause or is resistant to it.
It seems in most pocket opening incidents that clothes fabric is put under sideways pressure, perhaps even pressed into the spydie hole a little, which is then enough to partially open the knife as you are manouevring around.
The compression lock seems a bit susceptible to this because most people want light, smooth opening deployment.
A heavier blade like the Yojimbo might be more resistant to opening in that way.
Another lock type like a backlock would probably also be better - looking at my Caly 3.5, the hole is fairly tucked away, and if you chamfered or radiused the spine of the blade, fabric would just slide past it.
Something like a Buck 110 would be extremely unlikely to open accidentally like that, although I guess you want one hand opening ability.
What about a Vic Soldier or Trekker? It has one hand opening, and a stronger self closing bias than most Spydies? It also has a strong lock, which is unlikely to be accidentally be released when held in a normal grip. Plus the tools, and the socially friendly SAK factor in hospitals and clinics. The serrated blade is a great cutter, when sharpened up a little. Downsides are it doesn’t have a very pointy tip or a pocket clip, but those issues can be addressed fairly easily with mods.
There’s also another alternative used by traditional slipjoint carriers which would allow you to keep carrying whatever knife you want. And that’s to sew or get a seamstress to sew an internal line up the inside of your pocket which allows your knife to sit snugly in it, towards the outer hip side of your pocket. People who EDC slipjoint knives sometimes mod their favourite pants and jeans in this way so the knife sits neatly upright in their pocket. That way you could still carry the Para 3, and there’s no possibility of it opening. Usually the pocket seam doesn’t reach all the way to the bottom of the pocket, so lint and such doesn’t accumulate in it.
Good luck, my thoughts are with you as you go through this hard time.
No worries, Michael.MichaelScott wrote: ↑Wed Oct 30, 2019 6:42 pmThank you. Good ideas all. I think sitting in a car seat or wheelchair presents the most difficulty of access. Most any knife would do if I could access and deploy it reasonably quickly from one of those two positions. So, still thinking about it and I still appreciate all the feedback. Thank you again
BLUETYPEII wrote: ↑Wed Oct 30, 2019 7:13 pmIt’s funny you mention a dragonfly salt SE, I was kinda curious to see how a Dragonfly Salt SE hawkbill would perform.Evil D wrote: ↑Sun Oct 27, 2019 7:29 amI don't intentionally carry a second knife on my body unless you count my multitool but I do have a 5.11 bag that goes everywhere with me and it always has a Dragonfly Salt hawkbill in it. I've forgot my main EDC knife a few times and that knife saved the day. I used to carry something SE in my bag since my main knife was PE but now since my most used knives are SE I just keep my multitool blade sharp as use it for the (very) rare occasion that I can't do something with SE and I need PE. Even though my main carry has changed to SE I still keep SE as my backup.
For people who are curious about getting into the SE world and don't want to carry a second full size knife, I can't recommend the SE Dragonfly Salt enough because it's small and light enough that you won't notice you're carrying it and it's super capable for it's size. It's also relatively inexpensive so if you decide SE just isn't for you it's not a big loss.
Give the Enuff some thought, Michael.
Thank you, Wrdwghtwrdwrght wrote: ↑Wed Oct 30, 2019 10:58 pmGive the Enuff some thought, Michael.
You can cant the sheath such that it can be worn on either side of your belt-buckle (or onto the knot in your sweats?) for a very easy draw (and clicky return) from a sitting position (neck-carry is also doable, but also attention-getting unless worn under clothing, then a hassle to retrieve). The Enuff is short enough to be unbelted and pocketed in its sheath when discretion is called for. It can be unsheathes in a pocket with just one hand.
If the knife is strictly utilitarian, you’ve got sheepsfoot, SE, and H1 options (I have the Enuff Salt..a perfect companion). But if SD is a factor (as when your 9mm is out of reach) a black-handled FFG leaf is to be had that is not as ulu-like as the Ark.
This makes me re-think what I mean by using the description "Companion Blade". Because you make a great point in what you've said. But to me I feel like a companion blade is there to do cutting jobs that your main EDC is not as well equipped to do. I'm still leaning on Spyderco's great Hawkbills in SE because what they are capable of doing they do very well.anycal wrote: ↑Thu Oct 31, 2019 11:09 amCompanion blade is the one which, if I am carrying two, is not being used at the time. Usually one of my smaller (<3") folders or a fixed blade.
More often than not, one of my Native 5 versions is the ideal one. Really doesn't get used when a companion, but it is there if needed.