I have L sized hands, and I think the Chief is not only a goldielocks zone knife, but also one of those designs that are hard to improve, but easy to degrade.
A great choice for when the Police and Millie are too big. Its handle provides enough leverage and is comfy enough for gloved hands, but also fits the naked hand in normal use.
- The blade size - or the edge length to be precise - and its shape is more usable than the Native 5/Para 3 type stocky blades. While I like and prefer forward finger choils, I always miss the lost edge on models such as the PM2, the Manix and smaller knives. With the Chief I am finally getting that missing edge back. The edge is equal to the one on the Caribbean and even surpasses some choil-less models like the Swayback or the GB2. A bigger and more comfortable forward finger choil than the one on the PM2 or even on the Military and a long enough cutting edge in the same knife means not only I can have my cake and eat it too, but that the cake is more tasty as well.
- Further, no hump / no ramp means not only ergonomic bonus, but also improved carriability.
- Great lock. hm. Let me rephrase: Best lock.
- The weight is pretty optimal - the G10 version is nearly as light as the one in carbon fiber.
- Last, but not least, the phosphor bronze washers are like a dream, even before polishing.
Military: S110V, S30V Fluted Ti. PM2: S30V, Maxamet. Para 3: Maxamet. Native 5: Rex45 G10, LC200N SE, S35VN SE, Spy27, Fluted Ti. Native Chief: Rex45.
Chaparral: Raffir Noble, FRN. Tasman Salt 2 SE, Caribbean Sheepfoot SE. Sage 5 CF, SpydieChef, Swayback, Manix2 S110V G10, GB2.
Incoming: Military Smurf Blue S90V, Native 5 fluted CF