What Size You Packin'?

Discussion in 'General Knife Discussion' started by jideta, May 27, 2020.

  1. CVamberbonehead

    CVamberbonehead Gold Member Gold Member

    Nov 6, 2017
    :D haha Thats alright, Im wearing a Kabar USMC when Im just sitting around my house right now :Dlol
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  2. MarkN86


    Sep 3, 2012
    I usually carry a folder around 3", but can go half an inch bigger or smaller depending on design. It's enough blade to do what I need, short enough to be easy to control, and it's less likely to draw negative attention.

    If I need a bigger knife I tend to prefer a fixed blade anyway.
  3. K.O.D.

    K.O.D. The Voice of Reason. Platinum Member

    Aug 21, 2013
    I haven't whipped out a two incher since elementary school...

    Oh knives...

    3.5" is about my max. Typical day around 3" depending. Summer is definitely smaller and lighter. That's for folders. I generally don't carry a fixed unless I'm going camping or somewhere I need more than a folder/OTF. FWIW, my only fixed is a Spyderco Aqua Salt, and a Becker BK5 which I sorta gifted to my dad, but since I'm living at home again, its the same thing.
  4. The_Knife_Man


    May 30, 2014
    I need at least 3.5 inches to be satisfied.
  5. Cvrobinson

    Cvrobinson Going to hell, I’ll be back, anyone need anything Platinum Member

    Dec 19, 2017
    Always pack 3 blades....fixed, 3” approx folder, an a small folder
    Covers about everything......Today’s carry
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  6. flintrocker

    flintrocker Gold Member Gold Member

    Sep 1, 2014
    Today it is this one, about 2 5/8 inch blade. Made by Horsewright. Did everything I needed it to:

  7. Murphjd25

    Murphjd25 Gold Member Gold Member

    Apr 27, 2016
    3.6” CRK everyday :cool:. And usually a traditional or smaller knife in front pocket.
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  8. Easyrider

    Easyrider Gold Member Gold Member

    Jan 31, 2000
    I prefer something in the 2” to 2.750” blade myself. If I need a big knife I go get one. For an edc a 2”-2.5” is ideal.
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  9. Grandmaster

    Grandmaster Gold Member Gold Member

    Jun 14, 2015
    3.3” to 3.5” is my preferred carry size, I dont use fixed blades, just my main edc folder and a custom SAK
  10. Hickory n steel

    Hickory n steel Gold Member Gold Member

    Feb 11, 2016
    I carried this the last 3 weeks and it was more than enough, It was quite pleasing knowing such a small knife was enough and didn't feel too small at all.
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  11. Bastler

    Bastler Gold Member Gold Member

    Feb 9, 2020
    The only time that I feel like I need more than 3 inches of blade is in the kitchen, or a machete.
  12. allenC


    Jun 18, 2000
    For an everyday carry folder I prefer 2.25" to 3.75" of actual cutting edge, with 3.25" being nearly perfect.

    For a fixed blade I prefer at least 6" of actual cutting edge.

    Ideal handle length is about 4".
  13. jideta

    jideta Gold Member Gold Member

    Apr 8, 2020
    I was just thinking that it might be a stretch using anything less than 3" on a salami...
  14. Ironbut

    Ironbut Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 1, 2016
    Just about all my modern folders are in the 3-3 1/2" range. That size seems about right for me for everyday use. For traditional knives, I prefer something like the medium stockman or Barlow.
  15. Mitchell Knives

    Mitchell Knives Knifemaker Moderator

    May 21, 2000
    I usually carry 2 or 3 knives daily that range from around 1.5" to 5.5".

    It's been mostly folders lately, but I do carry fixed blades as well.

    This gives me some options and allows me to choose the best tool for the job.

    For basic utility use, most people would be fine with a stockman or a SAK.

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