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Favorite blade length 2.0

Discussion in 'AA Forge Knives' started by AA Forge, Apr 7, 2012.

  1. 2"-3"

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  2. 3"-4"

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  3. 4"-5"

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  4. 5"-6"

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  5. 6"-7"

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  6. 7"-8"

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  7. 8"-9"

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  8. 9"-10"

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  9. 10"+

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  1. AA Forge

    AA Forge Custom Knife Maker Moderator

    Apr 8, 2010
    Thanks to all you guys how voted and commented in the last thread; but after reading what you guys had to say I decided it would be best to go ahead and start a more detailed poll, so hear it is.

    My question is not what length you would choose for a one tool option but instead just what is your favorite sized fixed blade to use and why?

    Thanks,
    Adam
     
    Last edited: Apr 10, 2012
  2. richard thurman

    richard thurman

    Nov 9, 2005
    3 Inches is the perfect lenght. I open boxes,mail and cut zip ties with it. If I got one shorter it would take longer to open my mail due to the small blader and the same with boxes. Now if I went with a bigger blade I would take up too much room in my pocket.
     
  3. Pug-butter

    Pug-butter Banned BANNED

    743
    Jan 25, 2012
    Most of my needs are easily filled by a blade between three and four inches long. But if I'm out bushwhacking or camping somewhere I'll definitely be bringing something much larger—at least six inches. A big blade can do a smaller blade's job, after all.
     
  4. justtheedge

    justtheedge

    71
    Apr 9, 2011
    Should be divided between folder and fixed blade lenth preferences.
    Folder-3"-4"
    Fixed 7"-8"
     
  5. salgodor

    salgodor

    46
    Aug 28, 2010
    3"-4" enough for some serious work and at same time easy controlable for delicate/precise work if needed.
     
  6. stickymeat

    stickymeat

    539
    Feb 24, 2012
    2 to 3, I carry a delica4 most the time and that blade is perfect size for what i do, i even carry a dragonfly alot also, but i also carry a police for more of defensive situations, depends on the job
     
  7. Rockywolf

    Rockywolf Gold Member Gold Member

    Oct 16, 2005
    3-4 inches is my vote because it gets carried most. Discrete, can go in a pocket or bag easily, and for most tasks in my rather urban environment, it can be used without scaring too many people. That said, I have a couple 2 inch blades that still startle non-knife people. In front of others my SAK gets used the most.
     
  8. wolf-man-12

    wolf-man-12

    Dec 24, 2007
    3" to 4" is all I really need for around town or a short week/end camping or fishing and for a week or two I take a Sheath Knife and Hatchet.!*
     
  9. goobie

    goobie

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    Feb 24, 2011
    In the spirit of the original thread- "I've been working on making some new knives and thought I would start a discussion on preferred sizes for a woods knife to help me get an idea of what would be best"- I stick with my original answer of 5". For my purposes in the woods this length has become my go to size. All the knives I've had made, including my first by Adam, they have all been between 4-1/2" & 5-1/2". With most handles being roughly 4-1/2" I think this makes for a well balanced, light in the hand, user friendly blade.

    Great topic for discussion Adam, should be fun to watch. Anxious to see your finished product(s) resulting from everyone's input!
     
  10. Striderco

    Striderco

    Jun 17, 2010
    I think a 3 or 3.25 inch is perfect for a folder!!
     
  11. AA Forge

    AA Forge Custom Knife Maker Moderator

    Apr 8, 2010
    Sorry, I should have been more specific; I'm talking about fix blade knives for the woods and every day use.

    Maybe one day I could make some folders, but at the moment I can't.


    Thanks,
    Adam
     
  12. DanCo

    DanCo

    270
    Dec 10, 2010
    Hey Adam,
    I find a 3-4 in blade is perfect for most tasks. My family and myself all use blades in that length for EDC as well as hunting. I have yet to need a knife bigger for cleaning deer, hogs, or anything else we hunt. And that size is also a great size in folders as well. And just take the plunge on making a folder, they are difficult at first, but once you figure it out it gets easier. Have a great day.
    Daniel Combs
     
  13. yoda4561

    yoda4561

    May 28, 1999
    Your poll got advertised to the entirety of bladeforums, and like me folks may have voted before looking at the original thread. 3-4 is what I voted on, and that was mostly referencing EDC pocket knives. For fixed blades, the HONEST answer is similar, 3-4 inches is great for daily utilitarian tasks, and fine for hiking too. But I have folders for that, for a fixed blade I like them to be 4.5-5.5 inches for general purpose, and 10+ inches for chopping and limbing trees.
     
  14. recon1s14

    recon1s14

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    Nov 15, 2010
    Lol Ima necker fan, most neckers are between 3-4 inches so I use them most the time, that length just suits me :eek: would love to have an Esee Izula tho :p thats currently in the works of being purchased ;)
     
  15. AA Forge

    AA Forge Custom Knife Maker Moderator

    Apr 8, 2010
    Thanks guys for all the comments, you've given me some things to think about.
     
  16. BangFLop

    BangFLop

    28
    Jan 24, 2010
    3" for neck knife
    4 - 5" for woods/hunting knife
     
  17. Rotte

    Rotte

    Aug 30, 2008
    I probably own more fixed blades in the 3-4" range than any other size--easy to carry and very functional for most purposes. But I voted for 4-5" because I love carrying a 4" - 4.5" knife in the woods--like the Nessmuck you made me--it is a very useful general purpose size. Now, when it comes to military blades...I like 5.5"-6". :shame:
     
  18. Tilaran

    Tilaran

    209
    Jul 29, 2012
    EDC 4-5.( Alpha Hunter)
    Outside. 16" Bolo Machete
     
  19. cbach8tw

    cbach8tw Gold Member Gold Member

    Jan 9, 2006
    Just wanted to update it and see if any others have been thinking about the perfect blade length scenario again.
     
    Last edited: Apr 15, 2013

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