EDC preferred size

Discussion in 'General Knife Discussion' started by BeyondTheBox, Aug 26, 2018.

  1. Colorodo

    Colorodo Gold Member Gold Member

    May 23, 2014
    3” or less works for me. This way I won’t lose my job.
  2. BeyondTheBox


    Apr 13, 2016
    No, and that wasn't my point. I carry a gun also, but it is always concealed. Sometimes, though rarely, I'll open carry a second pistol, but it's very, very rare, as the comfortability while driving and sitting in restaurant seating is extremely diminished by it. I carry a knife as a tool only, hence the sizes I like to carry being on the smaller side.
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  3. tiguy7

    tiguy7 Gold Member Gold Member

    Jun 25, 2008
    DA6A04C2-2A97-469C-83E4-45B575193E66.jpeg 8F254795-09A5-4456-AA2E-DD63FBF1F402.jpeg By sticking a knife in my shirt placket, I have more pocket room for other knives.
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  4. DocJD


    Jan 29, 2016
    2X 5.5" bladed Cold Steel folders ::cool::thumbsup::thumbsup:

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  5. BenchCo Spydermade

    BenchCo Spydermade

    Feb 10, 2014
    I like to pair a 3.5-4 inch folder with a folder of <2 inches. I like something like a dragonfly for boxes and tasks that require precision. Seahorse whittler is my new favorite little blade. Definitely also need a full size blade.for things that need cutting that cant be tackled in 1 slice with a smaller blade like a big apple or a sandwich. Here's two examples of knives I'd pair. Couldn't help but pan out and get the cats in.
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  6. ATJ999

    ATJ999 Gold Member Gold Member

    Nov 12, 2013
    I'm not too picky, as long as it carries well. 3-3.75 inch blade is preferred, somewhere in there.
  7. whp


    Apr 26, 2009
    Blade length 3-4 inches, handle length 4-5 inches for my carry folders.
  8. Dadpool

    Dadpool Gold Member Gold Member

    May 18, 2015
    For EDC I've found that a 3.5" blade tends to guarantee me 1) enough usable grip space on the handle for the knife to comfortable to use and carry (any smaller and my grip usually suffers, any longer and it can get unwieldy to carry), and 2) at least 3" of cutting edge, which tends to be my preference.

    I enjoy carrying 4" blades when I can, though, either just for fun or because they're designed in such a way (e.g. Spyderco Military, Microtech Socom Elite) that I can choke up on them for fine control -- almost like a shorter knife.
  9. TheEdge01


    Apr 3, 2015
    I’m not a big fan of smaller knives, I prefer at least 3 inch blades or over. This applies to fixed blades and folders.
  10. rogatsby


    Jun 19, 2018
    Even without legal requirements, I prefer 3 inches or less. That's why I love knives like the Delica and Dragonfly.

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  11. Kreyzhorse


    Jan 15, 2013
    Day to day, a 2.5" to 3.25" is my perfect EDC carry. Any thing bigger usually falls out of the rotation pretty quickly.
  12. PWatkins


    Oct 20, 2017
    3.5" is my sweet spot for an EDC. I don't care for anything under 3" and I'm looking at a knife with a 4.1" blade so I guess that's my range.
  13. Charlie Mike

    Charlie Mike Sober since 1-7-14 (still a Paranoid Nutjob) Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Nov 1, 2000
    Fixed... 7-8"
    Locking folder... 3.5-4"
    Slipjoint... 3-3.5"
  14. 22-rimfire

    22-rimfire Gold Member Gold Member

    Nov 20, 2005
    Is that closed length on the slip joint?
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  15. Charlie Mike

    Charlie Mike Sober since 1-7-14 (still a Paranoid Nutjob) Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Nov 1, 2000
    All blade lengths.
  16. 22-rimfire

    22-rimfire Gold Member Gold Member

    Nov 20, 2005
    Big slip joint! I like the GEC 23 and 42's. The 23's are just a bit heavy in the pocket.
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  17. sabre cat

    sabre cat Basic Member Basic Member

    Jul 4, 2014
    Three and a half inches is the most for a folder because of pocket real estate. I have found that a 3.25 inch blade is just about perfect.

    Also, I've carried a SAK Cadet and found that I would not want anything smaller.
  18. Psychopomp


    Feb 21, 2005
    Three to three and a half inches is about perfect for a pocket knife for me. I EDC both a first generation Paramilitary and a Victorinox Soldier... the Paramilitary does the dirty work and I've never felt like i needed more knife.

    I carried a Benchmade 710 before the Para and while it's a fantastic knife, it was just bigger than i needed and i actually poked myself with it more times than I'd like to admit. The full size handle and shorter blade of the Paramilitary is perfection.

    For outdoor use, an old orange ESEE Izula is my constant companion and i pair it with something in the four to five inch range for any camp site work i need to do. I keep a ten inch Kershaw something in the car if i need to clear brush.

    When I'm out for a walk, i carry another Izula. It's more compact and lighter than a similar size folder when i don't want to carry much weight.
  19. OfficerCamp


    Feb 11, 2014
    3.5” all day long. Perfect size to carry, doesn’t freak people out if you use it in public, plenty of edge to use.
  20. cbach8tw

    cbach8tw Gold Member Gold Member

    Jan 9, 2006
    I am finding I like a 2.5 to 3.25 blade on a folder, got a Manly Wasp in sandvik, length is just right, a little wide, but very thin edge. Opinel 6 has a good size blade too, my Alox SA is close by too for camping.

    That being said, I am more of small fixed blade guy, but I rarely carry one for EDC, but Childress neckers do fit the pocket nicely, or it is in my pack. Around camp, 4 to 4.5 inches for chores.

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