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Ideal Size?

Discussion in 'JK Handmade Knives' started by JK Knives, Apr 16, 2018.

  1. JK Knives

    JK Knives Moderator Moderator Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Mar 6, 2001
    What is your choice for the ideal or perfect size knife?
    Blade length?
    Handle length?
    Blade height?
    Steel thickness?

    With Connie starting overnight shift soon, I'm going to be spending more time in the shop so it's quiet in the house for her to sleep, so I plan on working on some new designs, and am looking for input.
     
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  2. ty_higg

    ty_higg Gold Member Gold Member

    271
    Dec 16, 2011
    For a smaller knife I like a 3.5" to 4" handle and about a 3.5" blade, 1" high for pocket carry. Larger knives I like the 4"-5.5" blade and a minimum 4 1/4" handle with around 1 1/4"-2" blade height. Thickness for a larger knife I like 1/8" I've gone away from the thicker blades here recently and for a smaller blade I don't really have a preference with thickness.
     
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  3. Wurrwulf

    Wurrwulf

    Dec 3, 2015
    For EDC purposes, I think a 3-3.25" handle with a 3.5" blade in 3/32" would be about perfect. I find 3.5" handles hit my palm funny, and a 4" handle eats into blade length when trying to stick with a 6.5-7" overall length.

    I don't have an opportunity to camp or do fun bushcrafting stuff, so larger knives are focused on kitchen duty. Here, blade thinness is King. Since it's not carried, a full 4-4.5" grip is appreciated, and a blade length between 4.5-6.5" with 1/16” - 5/32" blade thickness really excel.

    Handle shapes can be all over the place for me, but I do find that I like a bit of a palm swell, as well as a bit of tapering towards the ricasso. It lends to a more forward grip, which I appreciate in the kitchen and with detail work. On small handles, I like a bit of a hook on the bottom side (like your Bluegill) to tuck a finger tip into.
     
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  4. ty_higg

    ty_higg Gold Member Gold Member

    271
    Dec 16, 2011
    also should of added my preferences come from a hiking/camping/bushcrafting perspective with the smaller knives being more so ranch work/fixing things up or making things for around the house.
     
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  5. Simplejack

    Simplejack

    245
    Dec 28, 2017
    Probably a 5" hatchet blade using a true quarter round to transition to a 4" draw blade. With a 6" handle resembling the knatchet handle. Off the books of course so haters cant hate
     
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  6. Wurrwulf

    Wurrwulf

    Dec 3, 2015
    As far as blade shapes:

    For EDC, I like drop point, straight back, or spear point. I'm not super crazy about clip points or straight edges (ie wharncliffe/sheepfoot) fixed blades. Typically 3/4" tall blades.

    For the kitchen, I like straight back, drop point, and Deba/Santoku style blades in the 1.25"-2" tall blades (depending on blade length). A paring/B&T style knife in the 4" blade length and 3/4" height range wouldn't go amiss, either.

    Could you make me one of those super sweet Cutco knives with the serrated edge and scalloped flats?! ;):D
     
  7. JK Knives

    JK Knives Moderator Moderator Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Mar 6, 2001
    Better yet, I'll make you one of those Ginsu knives that cut tin cans!
     
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  8. Creaky Bones

    Creaky Bones Gold Member Gold Member

    404
    Feb 28, 2012
    A 5" blade length is my sweet spot. Not too big to handle detailed work, but enough blade length to handle most fire prep. Handle length needs to be at least 4 1\2". Blade height 1-2". Steel thickness, no more than 3/16", preferably less. A lot of the 5" production knives tend to be way overbuilt. Love a nice flat/convex grind, hate Scandi.

    Come to think of it, that sounds and awful lot like the muddy camp I keep wanting to email you about......
     
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  9. Simplejack

    Simplejack

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    Dec 28, 2017
    John. How about some teaser pics of the current work???
     
  10. JK Knives

    JK Knives Moderator Moderator Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Mar 6, 2001
    As soon as I work out some designs.
     
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  11. Simplejack

    Simplejack

    245
    Dec 28, 2017
    What about the ones that were in heat treat today?
     
  12. JK Knives

    JK Knives Moderator Moderator Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Mar 6, 2001
    That would be a M-22 and a Personal Camp. I'll try to get some in process pictures tomorrow.
     
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  13. Simplejack

    Simplejack

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    Dec 28, 2017
    I did a ruff sketch of my unicorn knife:). I may need to calm it down a little. it came out to be 16 1/2 inches long.
     
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  14. grunt soldier

    grunt soldier Gold Member Gold Member

    Dec 4, 2009
    I can't ever decide lol. That's why I buy multiple knives
     
  15. mykel m

    mykel m Gold Member Gold Member

    Sep 11, 2009
    9 1/2"ish OAL, 5" blade, 1/8" stock, 1 1/8th high.
     
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