Baron Mind wrote: ↑
Thu Feb 13, 2020 9:10 pm
Has there ever been a time when you thought to yourself, "man, that knife was too thin
for that task I just did."
Follow up pole:
Have you ever experienced catastrophic blade failure on a box cutter/utility blade?
The answer for me, is no and no.
Perfectly said and you´re really speaking from my heart. I´ve been advocating for more thinner blade-stock-Spydies several times and through several polls already (for example for a Chap XL - 2mm blade stock)
In an Endura sized folder blade the 3mm this knife offers, and in an Chaparral sized folder blade the 2mm this knife offers, are more than strong enough, and I am really NOT the "office type guy" Bornin 1500 mentions in his post, but tested both knives in various "hard use" tasks (including twisting and turning the the blades in harder material and a lot of outdoor tasks)
Of course even batoning is no problem for that thinner blades
(but perhaps for the lock if you don´t unlock it beforehand), it´s just not as effective as with a thicker blade.
Sure cutting performance is not only determined by blade stock thickness/thinness, but a thinner blade will always be a factor and foundation for a good slicer in a way that a thick blade just don´t offer.
Only thing a thicker blade is maybe "better": It´s more comfortable to put the finger on the spine...
The only area of a blade one has realistically to be worried about (in a folder) when it comes to breaking / snapping it is the very tip.
To be honest: This is one of the main reasons why I don´t get all the variants the Para 3 gets. Cool knife, no doubt, but for such a small folder totally overbuilt thick blade stock (more than 40 % thicker than a Delica, more than 80 % than a Chap - and WHO has ever broken a Delica blade?!), that decreases slicing performance, enhances weight, but STILL has a rather fragile tip...a bit of a "design flaw" imho for a small folder, compared to other great smaller Spyderco options (as said: Delica, Sage, Chap).
IF I´d choose to carry such a thick blade (I wouldn´t, but IF), I´d want in return for the decreased slicing performance at least a "real prybar" and not a tip that would snap rather easy.
And look at many "oldtimer folders", that people really used for any knifetask thinkable: Very often thin stock, they would not have done that for a long time if it was not strong enough..
Top three going by pocket-time: Endura 4 in VG 10/Micarta-scales; Stretch 1 in VG 10; Endura 4 in HAP 40