clintonde wrote: ↑
Tue Sep 15, 2020 2:22 pm
I don't have any data to show this, but I think the reason the Para 3 didn't show up on the "favorite models" thread but has the most variants available right now is because it isn't necessarily popular with knife afi's but is very popular with the general public/more casual knife people. I think as knife afi's we look for knives that are more like the military/endura/police because we want as much knife as we can get/carry. But I think (again I have no data) that more casual knife people probably just want a small/light/ around $100 knife that they can rely on.
I know when I first got into knives most of the knives I was interested in were around 3" blades but now most of the knives I like are between 3.5"/4" (the max legal length where I live). This is all basically anecdote but it makes sense to me.
There's some sense to this - I certainly like the Military as I've become more comfortable with larger blades, and I use it as my "favourite" when I'm outdoors doing my favourite activities. It's the knife that can handle anything big/small/in between, etc. sing praises, love the Millie.
However the P3 is in my pocket way more and I appreciate it's brilliance as a compact knife that I can take to and use at work without scaring the folks around me/feeling like a dingus for carrying a sword in the office. I've also found that for my work and professional applications (I've used mine to scrape industrial adhesives and trim wire insulation) the small size was more appropriate than the Military might have been. I don't think the P3 is casual in terms of price or performance; it can be worked hard.
So P3 might not be my "favourite", but that's only because it is so good, so slick and so well used it blends into the background.
In fact, I'm going to bring love to the P3 on that favourite thread because today, I love my P3 best of all.
Past: Dragonfly, Air, Rhino, Lil' Native, Caly Jr., Brouwer, Chap LW, Para3 LW, N5, Watu, ‘Chef, Mantra 2, PM2, Smock, Shaman, Advocate, Kapara, Military, Bradley Bowie, Province
Present: Techno 2, Para3 Maxamet, SSStretch 2, GB2, P4 K390 FRN
Future: Para3 Cru-carta (please?), Caly Jr in K390 (pretty please?)
Regrets: Most of them