Thanks every for your opinions.
To answer a few questions, yes I like odd-ball designs.
Rhino. Has the best ergonomics of any small knife I have used. I just haven’t been able to adjust to the long upswept blade. There is probably something here that I’m not understanding. Beautiful knife and I can certainly see getting another.
Chaparral. Never got on with the LW version. Maybe handle too thin? But I recently got a Raffir Noble and that problem was solved.
I see the Brouwer came up a couple of times. Haven’t heard much about it after it’s introduction. Like to know more now.
The Dragonfly Wharncliffe interests me. I could carry it along with whichever other I wanted and have a small SE blade for those tasks that are better suited to SE.
Lil’ Nilakkas. Drooled over this one for a while. Hard to find and boy, are they expensive. Love to get one some day. Just have to be patient.
Nishijin Cricket. Lovely knife. I’ve been scoping the after market sites for a reasonably priced one.
wrdwrght wrote, “ Dare I ask, Michael, why tasks are the driving force in your quest?”
Well, I suppose I misspoke. I think it is really knife design and the designer’s intention that is at play. It is obvious now, after having written my original post on this that I am foolish to attempt to overly constrain the number of knives I have. Some limit is necessary but room must be left for variety and art.
I look at my Lil’ Lum Nishijin and my Chaparral Raffir Noble and think, what amazing and radically different designs they are and how each functions to combine esthetic beauty with exacting functionality.
The efficiency is easy to quantify but aesthetically, it’s a personal thing to be sure.
Finally, I think my quest is a fun and learning part of being a knife nut. Just have to go with it.
Thanks again, all.
Overheard at the end of the ice age, “We’ve been having such unnatural weather.”