What knife would you immediately buy if they only made a smaller or larger version of it?

Discussion in 'General Knife Discussion' started by Kaizen1, Nov 17, 2019.

  1. Cursum Perficio

    Cursum Perficio Basic Member Basic Member

    Oct 27, 2012
    Not smaller or larger, but an inbetweeny. Midi Crooked River @ 3.75" please.
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  2. marchone

    marchone Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 13, 2013

    This is the new 3-inch MBK EWC slipjoint. I'd love to see a linerlock version of it for safety. Although I like the size as it is, it would easily scale up to 3 1/2".
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  3. marchone

    marchone Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 13, 2013
    I just got a HatiOn Lite. (I also have an F3.) I think the blade length and shape are very useful. In my past line of work I could see using it every day for butchering tasks. It's very handy and just long enough for most jobs. What I think could use improvement is the handle width. It's a bit too slim for my hand to get a comfortable purchase on. A linerlock version of it, like a scaled down F3 as you imagined, would be ideal. Obviously it would be heavier.

    Another thought would be to contour the slabs like a Laconico Keen framelock.

    3.3" to 3.5" (85 to 90mm) is a sweet spot for me. Blades longer than 4"/100mm or so in a folder makes the handles too long. That's when I'll choose a fixed blade.
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  4. RayseM

    RayseM Gold Member Gold Member

    Feb 18, 2010
    My experience/response to the HatiOn Lite was similar to yours @marchone. Nice blade shape but handle to small and overall effect to light. I tried using it as a EDC work knife but it was too light weight and no comparison as a one hand deployment knife as is the F3. If I could get a F3 Short, with all other aspects being equal to the big version, I could pretty much toss out all my other EDCs folders and happily so. I'm not holding my breath for the announcement :rolleyes:

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  5. marchone

    marchone Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 13, 2013
    I'm considering buying a small Cheburov Strizh. It may answer those shortcomings.
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  6. Officer's Match

    Officer's Match Gold Member Gold Member

    Jan 23, 2013
    This, but keep it the fidgetastic dual detent slippie.
  7. Officer's Match

    Officer's Match Gold Member Gold Member

    Jan 23, 2013
    Emerson Super Sheepdog please.
  8. marchone

    marchone Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 13, 2013
    I won't sell it. I'm infatuated with the little thing.
  9. psquared


    Aug 21, 2011
    +1 on a medium Sebenza, specifically an Insingo.

    Mcusta Bamboo with a 3.25 inch blade

    Benchmade LFTi with a 3.25 inch blade
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  10. ridnovir


    Mar 12, 2012
    Liong Mah Integral XV - it has to be made with the blade of around 3" and slimmer handle
  11. DrRollinstein

    DrRollinstein Gold Member Gold Member

    Feb 20, 2018
    I need a ZT 0451. The 450 is too small and the 452 is huge. Love the knife, it just doesnt work.
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  12. marchone

    marchone Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 13, 2013
    I measured a few handle widths or thickest point of a few folders I have. Surprised to see the difference a millimeter makes in hand feel, much less a half. I also measured weights.

    Laconico EWC 10.5mm 59g/2.10oz
    Shirogorov HatiOn Lite 10mm 69g/2.45oz
    Laconico EZC 11mm 88g/3.05oz
    Laconico Keen 13mm 125g/4.40oz
    Shirogorov F3 15.5mm 144g/5.10oz

    Perhaps because the backspacer slopes downward, the HatiOn Lite feels noticeably slimmer than even the next thickest, the EWC, even though by a mere margin. At least in my hand (Large size glove)11mm and thicker feels better. 3D scale rounding like the Keen feels best in hand overall, although the laser sculpting of the F3's G10 flat scales provides phenomenal grip. I had a Strider PT CC that had great ergos due to the scale rounding.
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  13. marchone

    marchone Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 13, 2013
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  14. benchwarmer380

    benchwarmer380 Valyrian Member Platinum Member

    Sep 17, 2012
    Either a small or medium Benchmade Bedlam. Small in the 2.9-3.25ish and medium 3.4-3.6ish range.
  15. Cscotttsss

    Cscotttsss Basic Member Basic Member

    Mar 3, 2015

    So I have to go back to this and say I've always wanted to own an Arius but never pulled the trigger.

    This mini is on my radar to buy immediately. Now to decide on CF, Ti or Micarta? Thoughts? Leaning toward Micarta.
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  16. Kaizen1

    Kaizen1 Gold Member Gold Member

    Jan 4, 2006
    I've only handled the plain ti version of the Mini Goblin. The quality on mine is exceptional for a production knife. But the micarta models I've seen look great

  17. sabre cat

    sabre cat Basic Member Basic Member

    Jul 4, 2014
    I have found a mini Griptilian to be too small and a full-size, at times, it’s just a little too big. Give me a midsize Grip.

    And while we’re at it, give me a Spyderco PM 2 and a half with a low-profile sheepsfoot blade.

    For the Spyderco, I could live with
    regular PM2 with a blade change.
  18. cistercian

    cistercian Gold Member Gold Member

    Apr 22, 2015
    That's why I bought the 0470. Same applies to the 0462-0460.
    The 0460Ti would be much nicer if it had back of scale milling pockets to lighten it.
    Hard pass without them.

    I still rock the 0452CF and 462CF on weekends. Huge is fine in jeans.
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  19. Gnarbrah


    Nov 13, 2019
    Hogue Mini Ritter for the win!!!!
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  20. ErocSD

    ErocSD Gold Member Gold Member

    Jan 21, 2019
    +1 on this, frame lock ti with 3.25-3.5" blade and 4.25" handle.
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