Knives for fidgeters?

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Knives for fidgeters?

Postby PoisonedPizza » Tue Apr 28, 2020 9:49 pm

I have ADHD and fidget with my knives, so I recently bought a pm2, love the compression lock. Are there other knives, with or without the compression lock, that are good for fidgeting? I already have my eyes on the Manix and Ikuchi.
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Re: Knives for fidgeters?

Postby JacksonKnives » Wed Apr 29, 2020 10:13 am

Do you want bigger or smaller than the PM2?

Yojimbo is my personal favorite, but the Lil Native compression lock is also excellent.

Most of Spyderco's knives feature excellent ergonomic design and can be opened multiple ways.

The Compression lock is the one that lets you flick and swing open best IMO. Golden USA models are slightly better at free-swinging (without side-to-side slop) than most Taiwan-made models at this point, though the latest Ikuchi is no slouch.

The BBL has a "ramp" that makes the resistance less crisp, though it's an excellent lock design in terms of what it's made for.

I prefer not to "fidget" with liner locks/frame locks, since you can close the blade on your thumb if you're not careful enough.
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Re: Knives for fidgeters?

Postby Bradley » Wed Apr 29, 2020 10:21 am

The smock is very fidget friendly, especially if you remove the second detent. Lots of fun.

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Re: Knives for fidgeters?

Postby SubMicron » Wed Apr 29, 2020 10:23 am

Bradley beat me too it and said exactly what I was thinking

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Re: Knives for fidgeters?

Postby Evil D » Wed Apr 29, 2020 10:33 am

Sliverax, just about any flipper that also has a functional thumb hole too. Manix 2 isn't bad either, fun lock to fiddle with. Maybe try to find a Sage 3, that's another fun lock.
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Re: Knives for fidgeters?

Postby DTPrime » Wed Apr 29, 2020 10:38 am

Second the Sliverax, though I happily thumb flick the heck out of my Kapara most days. Both excellent knives that are also fun.

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Re: Knives for fidgeters?

Postby senorsquare » Wed Apr 29, 2020 10:57 am

The Smock is the most fidget friendly spydie I've owned to date.

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Postby GarageBoy » Wed Apr 29, 2020 11:02 am

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Re: Knives for fidgeters?

Postby Mushroom » Wed Apr 29, 2020 11:07 am

It might be surprising but I've often found myself fidgeting with the Squarehead. It can almost function as a "worry coin" for me, in the sense that it's small and easy to handle. Even the slow roll open is enough to keep my hands busy.
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Re: Knives for fidgeters?

Postby adv23 » Wed Apr 29, 2020 11:25 am

Para 3 LW is perfect for fidgeting.

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Re: Knives for fidgeters?

Postby JuPaul » Wed Apr 29, 2020 11:35 am

senorsquare wrote:
Wed Apr 29, 2020 10:57 am
The Smock is the most fidget friendly spydie I've owned to date.
I second this.
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Re: Knives for fidgeters?

Postby The Meat man » Wed Apr 29, 2020 11:39 am

I may be in the minority, but I prefer the slow, smooth opening of a backlock, with a solid "clack" at lockup, to flicking a compression lock.
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Re: Knives for fidgeters?

Postby Thunderpants » Wed Apr 29, 2020 12:09 pm

The Kapara is a super-fidgety - right out of the box the blade is like a pendulum.
The Manix not so much - I have had two of them and found them as fidgety as a paving stone.

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Re: Knives for fidgeters?

Postby Thunderpants » Wed Apr 29, 2020 12:12 pm

I nearly forgot - the lockless Urban is great for fidgeting. Thumb it open, thumb it back to the half stop, snap it shut, repeat...

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Re: Knives for fidgeters?

Postby Sharp Guy » Wed Apr 29, 2020 12:14 pm

Thunderpants wrote:
Wed Apr 29, 2020 12:09 pm
....The Manix not so much - I have had two of them and found them as fidgety as a paving stone.
You must not have the technique down
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Re: Knives for fidgeters?

Postby TkoK83Spy » Wed Apr 29, 2020 12:16 pm

Sharp Guy wrote:
Wed Apr 29, 2020 12:14 pm
Thunderpants wrote:
Wed Apr 29, 2020 12:09 pm
....The Manix not so much - I have had two of them and found them as fidgety as a paving stone.
You must not have the technique down
I was just going to say, after doing all the scale swaps I've done with my 5 Manix's I've had to fidget them quite a bit in order to get it centered and dialed in just right. I find the Manix MORE fidgety than a compression lock model. I can open and close a Manix faster than say a PM2/Para 3.
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Re: Knives for fidgeters?

Postby abbazaba » Wed Apr 29, 2020 12:35 pm

+1 for Smock. Not for me, but lots of fun to open and close. Button lock flippers in general are pretty great to play with.

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Re: Knives for fidgeters?

Postby ladybug93 » Wed Apr 29, 2020 1:02 pm

the best fidget knife is the one you have on you

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Re: Knives for fidgeters?

Postby anycal » Wed Apr 29, 2020 1:35 pm

ladybug93 wrote:
Wed Apr 29, 2020 1:02 pm
the best fidget knife is the one you have on you
Ain't that the truth.

Compression lock is probably the easiest one to fidget with, as it is the easiets to flick open and one hand drop closed. Lately, I have been fidgeting the Native 5. Opening, closing, switching hands, cutting unecesarily, tossing and catching, stabbing...
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Re: Knives for fidgeters?

Postby Larry_Mott » Wed Apr 29, 2020 1:41 pm

I'd suggest a BaliYo. You can fidget with it anywhere and probably annoy people near you less :)
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