I own all 3. In your situation, the 16 would probably work the best. It is a phenomenal all around knife. From preparing and eating dinner to whittling by the fire. If you don't find your self in the land of hardwoods or any wood at all, the 2 is too much knife, in my opinion. I live in Oklahoma and we have hardwood and more hardwood, I find myself using the 2 for big tasks and the 16 as my everything else knife. The 17 is awesome as well, but if your doing any fine work with blade, the false swedge might tire out your fingers unless they are used to the abuse. Hope that helps.