carrot wrote: ↑
Fri Oct 09, 2020 11:04 am
Vivi, I know that you strongly prefer a large blade for typical tasks but I'm wondering if you've ever had issues with tip control as compared to smaller knives. I EDC'd a Police4 in your honor for a few weeks and found it surprisingly easy (and quite fun) to wield, but in the end I find knives in the P3LW, D4 size to be wielded most naturally, I think, because as one poster said in a different thread, the blade is roughly finger-length. Stepping up one size to the Endela/Stretch, I can easily wield knives with fine tip control by putting my index finger down the spine and my middle finger on the ricasso/choil, or by pinch-gripping the blade with my index and thumb, but the tip extends just too far with the E4/P4.
I've heard from a lot of people the idea that one only needs a knife with a blade the length of their index finger. So what may work for someone with large hands might not feel best for someone with smaller hands, and vice versa.
For example, if you look at Julias in-hand photos (JuPaul), knives like the Delica and Para 3 appear to be an exceptional fit for her hand size. Likewise, my Manix XL and Police feel like a great fit for mine.
Looks roomy and comfortable in her hand.
Here's the same knife in my hand:
Much different fit.
To give you an idea of how different designs match up with my hand size, here is a Para 3, Pacific Salt 2, Manix XL, Police 4 and Szabo Folder lined up with my index finger. I took my photos lining up the beginning of the cutting edge with the mid point of my index fingers base knuckle:
As you can see, the blade that comes closest to matching my index finger is the Police. I don't have one on hand right now but the Military was always a perfect match in this respect.
While I would get more tip control with a Para 2 or 3 compared to my Police folders, using the following grip I find I get enough tip control for my uses with the larger knives:
That gets my finger right up behind the point. I find I have more tip control on a Police with that grip than I do on a Para 2/3 using the standard index choil grip with my thumb on the ramp.
One last set of photos for perspective. My palms are wider than a lot of popular models, like the Para 3, Chap and Delica 4. In fact they're wider than the Manix XL's grip. While I don't use the following grip often, it works better on more open ended handles like my Police and Pacific 2's:
So for my grip, a roomy handle with a more neutral shape feels the best. Knives like the Police, Endura 4 and Military come to mind. While I prefer the size of the Police, the Endura 4 / Pacifics hit the sweet spot of comfortable ergonomics and compact size allowing for ease of carry.