cycleguy wrote: ↑
Fri May 17, 2019 6:48 pm
I really like the Delica 4 as it is and don't see how it can be changed for the better or broader market appeal ... let's face it no one knife is going to be perfect for everybody, but the Delica 4 seems to be perfect for me so I'm leaving it as it is.
Since I own a dozen or so ... here are some things I would like to see that would get me to purchase more: 1) I did replace the finished clip with an unfinished clip after year's of use and I prefer it so unfinished clip from the factory would be good, 2) current FRN colors have been around a very very long time so I would like to see some new and exciting FRN colors swapped in the line-up including tacticool like khaki and coyote brown and such, 3) I also liked the satin finish on the Kahr Arms models and would like to see the same finish on one of the many regular production models, 4) I would like to see one of the many models offered in a black coated plain edge blade, 5) I would like to see one of the many production models offered with G10 handles, 6) I also would like to see one of the models offered with the wire clip everyone is mentioning, 7) I would like to see Delica sprints that feature all the interesting steels like you see on the PM2 ... yes I know it is Japan and US so not likely!!! My favorite is the Damascu/Foalage Green FRN and I would enjoy seeing other Damascus/FRN sprints.
For those that don't find the Delica ergos working for them ... I am wondering how you grip/hold the knife??? I hold the knife mostly on the flat of my finger between the knuckle nearest the fingertip and the next one down ... the knife slightly angles across the flats with the front of the knife tight to the first knuckle and the rear of the knife tight to the second knuckle but on the side nearest the palm. There is no other way I can grip the knife and have the ergos work for me except a reverse grip. I use a light firm grip and don't find the need for applying more grip pressure for the size of the knife and the things that I use it to cut (mostly light duty slicing). However, I can apply more pressure and still find the ergos working.
I try to hold it similar to how you describe but there is no where for my thumb to go that doesn't feel painful or awkward. The ergos work ok if I wrap my thumb around the handle but sometimee I prefer putting my thumb on the back for better control.
On a knife that works for me ergonomically, like the Police 4, there is maybe an inch or so between where my index finger goes and where my thumb extends to. On the Delica 4 there's only 1/10th an inch or so.
So I can try to use the thumb ramp and the base joint of my thumb is so cramped it's basically at a 90 degree angle. Or I can put it on the spine and it feels awkward because of the hump, and then my thumb alsp gets in the way of what I'm cutting.
One thing I've tried to do is to adjust my grip to give my thumb more space. Tilting the knife down and pushing it forward in my grip a bit. I've tried putting my thumb on first, positioning it on the thumb ramp so its comfortable, and only then wrapping my other fingers around the handle. But then I can't get the finger grooves to line up with my grip.
I suppose if I really wanted to try to make a Delica work for me I could only use it with my thumb wrapped around the handle, but after putting it on thumb ramps / blade spines for decades its a tough habit to break.