Giveaway Knife: Design thread

Lorien

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This question is in 2 parts.

What is a bigger priority for you; overbuilt burliness, or feather-light cutting performance?

And, how to get there; full tang or hidden tang?
 
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overbuilt. I don't do stupid things (very often) with knives but I like my knives to tough but still cut well.
I also like full tang knives.
 
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Feather-light cutting performance, for sure. In a knife of this size and purpose, I'm not going to be using it for anything other than cutting unless absolutely necessary. I've got a keychain full of other small tools—my knife needs to cut and cut well, and if it's thick enough to be a prybar, it's not going to serve it's main purpose to the degree I'd want it to.

On the other hand, I do prefer a full tang, preferably with slab grips. If they're removable so I can make it lighter and flatter if need be, even better. Skeletonized for weight is fine, as long as it's well-done.
 
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necker/small belt/pocket carry: featherlight slicer, hidden tang

belt/pack: overbuilt, full extended tang/hammer pommel
 
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overbuilt burliness, prefer a full tang, preferably with slab grips. If they're removable so I can make it lighter and flatter if need be, even better. Skeletonized for weight is fine and then it can be 550 wrapped if need be. I carry a knife for it being an all purpose tool. Not to say I'm going to cut my way out of a car w/ it...but if I had to I'd like to know I'm carrying something that's not going to fail when someone's or my life is in the balance. Just my 2cents
 
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Cutting ability above all. Especially on a small knife!

Full tang vs hidden tang? Depends, What will be the blade length?
 
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we're not there yet, but soon :)

Maybe the full tang question should come after the blade length is established. But regardless, on a small edc style knife it probably best to go full tang. Leave the hidden tangs for big fighters and the such.
 

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there's a voice in my head telling me 'full tang'...am I going crazy or what?

ok, so dimensions;

what is your preference for blade length?

for overall length?

target weight?
 
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Right about ~3" seems the perfect blade length for small EDC, to me.

Overall length, maybe 6-6.5", and I really couldn't say on the weight. I'd certainly it rather be on the lightweight side of things, so it'll carry comfortably around my neck or in a pocket.
 

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for comfortable in-pocket carry, not more than 7" from the tip of the sheath to the butt end of the tang.
Blade length 2.5-3"
grippable part of the handle 3-3.5" for a comfortable 3-finger grip
 
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I like a 3.5 to 4.5 inch blade with a 7.5 to 9 inch total. wight is not to important to me I like a knife to be under 6 oz + the sheath.
 

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My favorite design for a small fixed blade is the Sharpfinger. I carry on either on my belt or in my front pocket nearly every day. For my lifestyle and the cutting tasks that I generally come across it is more than enough knife.
For a sheath, I'm thinking a pocket sheath made for a cargo pocket would be fantastic.
 
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I prefer 3-4" on the blade and 4" on the handle so i can fit my entire hand on the handle. So 7-8" OAL. I have no preference on weight when it comes to a knife this size.

And id always pick full tang no matter the size of the blade.
 

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there's a voice in my head telling me 'full tang'...am I going crazy or what?

ok, so dimensions;

what is your preference for blade length?

for overall length?

target weight?
You probably aren't crazy but that voice is.:D
I like crazy. I have absolutely no preference between tang types. Either will be plenty strong for my uses.
As for weight and thickness I like a light, thin blade. In good steel and with Ryan's craftsmanship there is no need for added weight or thickness for strength.
A knife in this size will be used a lot and should be a great slicer. Just my devalued .02.
 

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great feedback so far, gents!

What are your thoughts regarding materials?
 
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I'm always a fan of linen Micarta for smaller fixed blade handle scales. It's just got a great feel to it, it's basically indestructible, and it takes any sort of finish you give it.

As far as the steel, I really don't care. I'd prefer a high carbon steel, for strength and edge-taking, I suppose. Kydex sheath for sure.
 
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One of the things i love is the wood Ryan uses on the handles, especially when he adds bolsters so that would be cool to see, but im also a fan of micarta.

If your asking for alloy choice too... And if any alloy was actually possible, on a knife this size, id pick in this order....

1. Vanadis 4 extra
2. 52100
3. CPM-154
 
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I'm a little late to the game but let's see if I can play catch up I don't carry a fixed currently, I would like to but the size/sheath is key. Sheath for me would be leather only allowing maybe 2in of handle above the sheath, with a clip so I can carry in my back left pocket.

For everyday? Featherlight performance, for going in the wood's? Not over built, not Featherlight. Think of Ryans wood drake for overall size.
I like full tangs and Ryan sure does a nice one.

Size? Two for ya
small fixed everyday carry
4in handle 3.5-4in blade 5/8in wide drop point/semi spear point

woods knife
5-5.5in handle 5-6in blade. 5/4in wide, same type of point, maybe carrying more belly towards the end? Not as sharp of a point as the small one.
Materials?
Leather sheath, wood scales. ..
 
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