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Your favorite handle shape

Postby gull wing » Wed Feb 12, 2020 3:34 pm

Some handles are just ok, some are darn right terrible, then a few just seem to melt in your hand. What is your best handle?
My number one is Para 3 Lightweight - I know, FRN is not my favorite handle material, but in this knife, it's "a package".
The knife is light, and balanced. :)
Number two Brouwer It's the size on this one that does it for me. I have a small hand and this one fills it.
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Re: Your favorite handle shape

Postby TkoK83Spy » Wed Feb 12, 2020 3:36 pm

Manix 2

Those are my top 3

*honorable mention - though not an edc, the Matriarch 2 is very comfortable in my hand as well*
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Re: Your favorite handle shape

Postby PStone » Wed Feb 12, 2020 3:44 pm

Easy choice. Bushcraft. Made for all hands. Folder? Definitely the Wolfspyder. Made for my hand.

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Re: Your favorite handle shape

Postby Dazen » Wed Feb 12, 2020 3:48 pm

Nothing beats my Proficient period!

But, if I had to pick a folder it would be the Magnitude, it just fills my hands so nicely!
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Re: Your favorite handle shape

Postby ladybug93 » Wed Feb 12, 2020 3:55 pm

manix 2 lw is the best folding knife handle i’ve ever held. it’s art.
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Re: Your favorite handle shape

Postby VooDooChild » Wed Feb 12, 2020 4:04 pm

No thumb ramp, then everything in the native family. I also wouldnt mind non choil versions for the native 5 and native chief.

Thumb ramp, Im gonna say military and pm2.
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Re: Your favorite handle shape

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Re: Your favorite handle shape

Postby u.w. » Wed Feb 12, 2020 4:31 pm

Folding, for me, definitely the Stretch I, man I love how that knife fits/feels in my hand, and works so well.
Fixed, I'll second the: Bushcraft. Such a great knife to hold and use, and also works so dang well.

'course there's quite a few I've never put hands on too though...


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Re: Your favorite handle shape

Postby toocool006 » Wed Feb 12, 2020 4:37 pm

Caly 3, Caly 3, and Caly 3 (UKPK if I'm feeling slippie)

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Re: Your favorite handle shape

Postby Mushroom » Wed Feb 12, 2020 5:21 pm

I honestly don't know if I could choose one handle shape as my favorite. I can usually find things I like about most Spyderco.

The Stretch 1 is one of the first that comes to mind as one of the most comfortable folders I own. It's definitely one of my favorites. The Native 5 is also up there in terms of "perfect" fit for myself. Also, counting fixed blades, the Zoomer is potentially the most ergonomic and comfortable knife I own!

I wouldn't necessarily consider it a favorite, but the Caly 3 is another that just seems to fit my hand really well.

There are also a lot of other Spydercos that I've held and liked a lot. Like Dazen said, the Magnitude feels incredible in hand. The Mamba is another that kind of flew under the radar but was wicked ergonomic! :spyder:
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Re: Your favorite handle shape

Postby Evil D » Wed Feb 12, 2020 6:08 pm

Caribbean, Lil Temp 3, D'Allara 2 are my top 3 handle designs. I'd be happy if every knife I own were built this way.

Honorable mentions, Yojimbo 2, Shaman, Autonomy, Caly 3 (really the whole Calypso family), Vallotton Sub-Hilt.
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Re: Your favorite handle shape

Postby soc_monki » Wed Feb 12, 2020 6:20 pm

Top spyderco? Amalgam for me!
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Re: Your favorite handle shape

Postby tvenuto » Wed Feb 12, 2020 6:42 pm

D'allara & Kris are top 2.

Autonomy and R are runner up.

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Re: Your favorite handle shape

Postby blueblur » Wed Feb 12, 2020 8:35 pm

Native 5, Manix 2, Caly 3 would be my top 3 with the Delica and endura not far behind.

My top 3 just feel like they melt in my hand.

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Re: Your favorite handle shape

Postby BLJace » Wed Feb 12, 2020 9:21 pm

I would have to say the Manix 2, with the delica in a close second. I haven't had the pleasure of handling a Para2 or Para3. We don't really have shops that carry knives of any sort of quality close by. The Manix 2 however just seems to meld into my hand.
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Re: Your favorite handle shape

Postby JMM » Wed Feb 12, 2020 9:23 pm

P4 G10
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Re: Your favorite handle shape

Postby Sumdumguy » Wed Feb 12, 2020 9:27 pm

The Caribbean is my favorite on a folder, the Street Beat for a fixed blade.

Overall, the Caribbean would be the winner.
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Re: Your favorite handle shape

Postby The Deacon » Thu Feb 13, 2020 3:35 am

My favorite "style" is what I refer to as the "suitcase grip" handle, because the handles on older suitcases were often shaped that way. Examples include all versions of the Stretch, later versions of the C14 Rescue, Atlantic Salt, the Adventura, and the Schempp Persian. Among those, my customized lignum vitae version of the original Stretch is still has the most perfect size and feel for me. It feels "just right" in my hand.
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Re: Your favorite handle shape

Postby curlyhairedboy » Thu Feb 13, 2020 4:58 am

Shaman for sure.
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Re: Your favorite handle shape

Postby dan31 » Fri Feb 14, 2020 8:52 am

Stretch 1 FRN feels the best for me.

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