Evil D wrote: ↑
Tue Jan 07, 2020 7:10 pm
4. 50/50 Choils.
I'm sure this one will be highly debated, but I've really moved away from 50/50 choils on all but small/medium sized folders where I can't get a full grip on the knife without a choil. On those knives (Native 5, Dragonfly) I don't see the 50/50 choil as a "grip option" but more as the intended grip position and I'm a lot more forgiving in those cases. On larger full size knives I just don't have a need for a 50/50 choil and I would much rather gain that bit of blade space as cutting edge, and at the same time have a grip design that puts my index finger as close to the edge as possible.
I agree, at least as far as larger folders are concerned (though not really a deal breaker for me, more like a feature that I'm largely indifferent towards in larger folding knives).
I appreciate the 50/50 choil on the Dragonfly 2 & the Native 5 (and other knives in small/midsize range such as the Chaparral, Cat, UK Pen Knife, Urban, etc.) precisely because the choil makes what is a small knife feel bigger in the hand, and thus that much more controllable & secure to grip for me. And I find that the ricasso on the Delica 4/Salt 2 functions similarly for me as well.
On larger knives, however, I think there is sufficient handle real estate to obviate the need to sacrifice cutting edge length for more grip area.
5. Thumb Ramps. This last one isn't totally a deal breaker, but my preferences have definitely moved away from thumb ramps.
For the longest time, it was the "Spydie-hump" that kept me from trying Spyderco folders. My default grip has always been with my thumb extended and flat on the spine (the so-called "Filipino grip")—it allows me to index the knife's edge & tip very precisely—and the thumb ramp can interfere with that. It was only when I found the Dragonfly (which is small enough that I can bypass the thumb ramp altogether) and the hump-less Native that I really got into Spyderco folders.
Over the years, I've learned to accomodate the thumb ramp in my preferred grip by arcing my thumb over the hump, and it's allowed me to enjoy using the Delica, the UKPK & other Spydercos with notable thumb ramps (Indeed, the Delica & UKPK have become two of my favourite Spyderco designs alongside the Native, Dragonfly, Yojimbo 2, and Introvert). There are certain models such as the Para 3, however, where the hump is just so pronounced that I can't do this without sacrificing some grip security, because it would require putting some space between the back of the handle and the thenar eminence of my palm. And to me that is a deal-breaker.