Hobnob wrote: ↑
Thu Nov 21, 2019 7:38 pm
- handle size fits my XL hand
- backlock (I'm a lefty)
- blade length, thickness
FRN scales (My preference) multiple colors
- sturdy pocket clip with a cute spider on it
- great selection of blade steels, I can use a different steel 8 days a week: ATS-55, VG-10, ZDP-189. V-Toku2, Hap40, S30V, M390, Cruwear
Well, on all the features you like and listed above I feel the same, except blade length (too short for an universal EDC for my personal liking).
I generally rarely carry small folders, but amongst those the Delica was my favorite for years and still is my clear number two nowadays.
Backlock and FRN just for my personal (!) needs still is the best and no nonsense- combo anyway
Other than the Para 3 / Native 5 and so on small models, the actual Delica handle offers enough space even for my L to XL hands, places my hand rather close to the edge, while I can still choke up on the Ricasso as comfortable and safe as on a dedicated choil. I also like the ergos generally
The Delica is a slimmer package than the comparable sized Para 3, Native 5 and Sage, and despite having steel liners is still ligther than each of the lightweight versions of the three latter knives mentioned. It also has a thinner and slicier, but still strong enough blade.
Only thing I wished (and adcvoated in some threads) for: A "maximum edge length edition" of the Delica: If the blade was lengthened to fill all of the available space in the handle when closed, and if it had no Ricasso but edge instead (like the Centofante), you´d end up with an actual cutting edge of 8.3 cm (about 3.3 ") in the compact Delica handle (so more edge than a PM2, Endela or even Stretch ONE). I´d like such a model a lot.
So why is the Delica "just" my number two amongst the small folders? Well, cause I discovered the Chaparral FRN: Amazing slicer, tiny closed but still a good amount of edge, and the handle is so short overall, that the 50/50 choil for my handsize really makes sense (differently to the Native, Para 3... choil)
Top three going by pocket-time: Endura 4 in VG 10/Micarta-scales; Stretch 1 in VG 10; Endura 4 in HAP 40