Which FRN pattern do you prefer?

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Volcano vs Bi-directional

Volcano
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Bi-directional
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Which FRN pattern do you prefer?

Postby The Meat man » Mon Dec 30, 2019 9:17 pm

Curious to see where the votes fall.

I own 5 Spyders with Bi-directional FRN (both Golden and Seki models) and 1 with Volcano (Pacific Salt.)

I think I prefer the Volcano grip. It feels a bit less harsh and plasticy (if that makes sense) while still being extremely grippy. To me it feels a bit friendlier in the hand than the Bi-directional.

What is your preference?
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Re: Which FRN pattern do you prefer?

Postby VooDooChild » Mon Dec 30, 2019 9:35 pm

Bidirectional

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Re: Which FRN pattern do you prefer?

Postby JuPaul » Mon Dec 30, 2019 9:51 pm

I voted bi-directional, but I don't have a strong preference. I like the grip on the Pac Salt just fine, although I probably like the Delica style a bit more. What I do really prefer is the seki city frn over the golden frn. Somehow it just feel softer to me. Maybe it's contouring, maybe it's better ergos for my hand, maybe it's all in my head.
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Re: Which FRN pattern do you prefer?

Postby Halfneck » Mon Dec 30, 2019 9:55 pm

You left off the scale pattern as found on the Caly Jr.

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Re: Which FRN pattern do you prefer?

Postby steelcity16 » Mon Dec 30, 2019 10:20 pm

Halfneck wrote:
Mon Dec 30, 2019 9:55 pm
You left off the scale pattern as found on the Caly Jr.

the Chap LW as well. I like em all, but the bidirectional is my favorite.
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Re: Which FRN pattern do you prefer?

Postby VooDooChild » Mon Dec 30, 2019 10:22 pm

The bidirectional pattern on the para 3 lightweight is also shallower than the other models with bidirectional frn.

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Re: Which FRN pattern do you prefer?

Postby buckleys » Mon Dec 30, 2019 10:50 pm

Whatever the one is on the para 3 LW and chapparal, those are my favs

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Re: Which FRN pattern do you prefer?

Postby koenigsegg » Mon Dec 30, 2019 11:19 pm

Honestly liked the old native frn style it was grippy without being sharp
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Re: Which FRN pattern do you prefer?

Postby Mushroom » Mon Dec 30, 2019 11:35 pm

steelcity16 wrote:
Mon Dec 30, 2019 10:20 pm
Halfneck wrote:
Mon Dec 30, 2019 9:55 pm
You left off the scale pattern as found on the Caly Jr.

the Chap LW as well. I like em all, but the bidirectional is my favorite.
Technically, those are still considered bidirectional patterns.
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Re: Which FRN pattern do you prefer?

Postby PeaceInOurTime » Mon Dec 30, 2019 11:40 pm

Voted bi-directional (Endura 4, Dragonfly 2, Native 5, Byrds). The extra traction is a bonus and I've never felt discomfort. My only experience with volcano texture was in a first gen Delica, and I consider the bi-directional texture a huge improvement.
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Re: Which FRN pattern do you prefer?

Postby Jazz » Tue Dec 31, 2019 3:35 am

The bidirectional on the Delica family.
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Re: Which FRN pattern do you prefer?

Postby Larry_Mott » Tue Dec 31, 2019 3:39 am

Picked Volcano. It's a tie for me between volcano and "fish scale" though. Bi-directional is a bit too aggressive for my taste. It's by no means a deal breaker, but if i could choose i wouldn't choose bi-directional.
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Re: Which FRN pattern do you prefer?

Postby Wartstein » Tue Dec 31, 2019 3:47 am

I love textured FRN generally, but WHICH exact pattern does not matter to me a whole lot...

That being said: If an otherwise exact identical knife came both in bidirectional and Volcano I´d go bidirectional.
And if the otherwise exact identical knife came both in Seki (Endura) and Taichung (Chap) bidirectional texture I´d go Taichung.
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Re: Which FRN pattern do you prefer?

Postby The Meat man » Tue Dec 31, 2019 6:13 am

Halfneck wrote:
Mon Dec 30, 2019 9:55 pm
You left off the scale pattern as found on the Caly Jr.
Yeah I know there are other patterns; I just wanted it to be between the two.
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Re: Which FRN pattern do you prefer?

Postby JonLeBlanc » Tue Dec 31, 2019 6:29 am

Yeah I like Volcano as well, I like my Goddard's grip a lot.
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Re: Which FRN pattern do you prefer?

Postby Sumdumguy » Tue Dec 31, 2019 6:59 am

This poll is too vague, to provide any worthwile data.

Fish scales and the Chap's FRN are my favorite.

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Re: Which FRN pattern do you prefer?

Postby AccountDeletedUserRequest » Tue Dec 31, 2019 11:23 am

Volcano. Grippy while never feeling abrasive. Feels fine IWB, while bi-directional can be a bit irritant carried that way.

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Re: Which FRN pattern do you prefer?

Postby wrdwrght » Tue Dec 31, 2019 12:02 pm

Have both, but prefer bidirectional slightly more.

While each fulfills its purpose, I actually prefer the visual simplicity of G10/CF/Micarta, but not so much that I avoid FRN in whatever pattern.
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