Wartstein wrote: ↑
Wed Mar 24, 2021 8:19 pm
Blnd wrote: ↑
Wed Mar 24, 2021 8:07 pm
It’s Spyderco’s best design. It’s an unapologetic EDC knife with a unique form factor that doesn’t feel like anything else in the hand.
It’s a carry knife for realists with a size and weight penalty that is effectively zero. It morphs from detail razor to big boy knife with a minor adjustment in the fingers.
I don’t care what you say - you don’t get razor blade detail by choking up on a 3”+ knife blade. It’s not the same.
I bought a chaparral FRN over the holidays. After carrying both for a bit the chaparral is now a desk knife. It’s missing the subtle ergonomic magic that makes the dragonfly so unique. It also doesn’t carry in a 5th pocket nearly as well.
The Dragonfly 2 was unique when I picked it up for the first time 10 years ago. It hasn’t left my pocket since.
I could handle both the DFly and the Chap before I decided for the latter. For me it was exactly the other way round: Clearly better ergos on the Chap, which make it feel like a perfect extension of my hand, like a "sixth finger"
But ergos are always totally subjective of course!
For my typical EDC tasks the DFly blade is just too short quite often, while the Chaps is just long enough and also slices better.
In carry the DFly is really hard to beat, no doubt, though the Chap fits into all my fifth pockets easily too.
Anyway, both cool knives!
You and I have talked about this a bit So I went back and compared the chaparral to the DF2 in hand. I think the difference for me is that the chaparral handle fills my palm and I use less wrist when using it. The dragonfly only touches my palm on the aft end - leaving much more finger and wrist flexibility and making it more intuitive to maneuver the knife for reverse cuts or other grip changes.
I have smaller hands so that might be where our preferences are coming from. Anyway - fascinating that two similarly sized knives can have very different ergos.
Also - I always get a kick out of the “misnamed” chaparral. Chaparral veg is short, stubby, thick, and tough. Totally should have been the name for the lil’ native.