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Most comfortable handle?

Discussion in 'General Knife Discussion' started by Nsled, May 17, 2019.

  1. Nsled


    May 13, 2019
    In your opinion which fixed blade knife has the most comfortable/ergonomic handle?

    Which has the worst? and why?

    In the era of internet buying its hard to get a grasp on what a handle feels like without relying on others opinions. I'm in the market for a 6"-7" blade.
  2. 353


    Feb 20, 2015
    The barrel shaped handle of the Mora classics no doubt.

    I did a test on this, included other moras, bark rivers, etc. The test was finding out which handle was most comfortable under very high force carving.

    I was shure the cola formed handle of my BRKT Bushcrafter was going to be the winner, but the wooden Mora beat it.

  3. WValtakis

    WValtakis Hand Engraving, Anodizing and Embellishment Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    May 29, 2004
    Of knives that I have handled in that size, the Carothers (CPK) HDFK Heavy Duty Field Knife has the best ergonomics I have ever felt:thumbsup:

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  4. marrenmiller

    marrenmiller Basic Member Basic Member

    Apr 6, 2017
    I quite like the handle on my Hogue EXF-01, but I will readily admit I don't have nearly as much fixed blade experience as I do with folding knives.

    For carving, I'd bet the Mora classic (above)would be hard to beat.
  5. unwisefool

    unwisefool Gold Member Gold Member

    Jan 22, 2007
    Carothers handles are about the best I've held. I do like the Busse resiprene handles as well.
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  6. Ulf Krogstad

    Ulf Krogstad Gold Member Gold Member

    Nov 19, 2013
    As far as most uncomfortable handles go, I would avoid anything with finger grooves, unless the handles are rubber perhaps.

    Most comfortable handle for me is probably Benchmade cskII for fixed blade 6-7" off top head, of stuff still have. Otherwise Busse mofo, batac. Busse has lots of different handle designs that really form fit hands. Mine anyways.

    Lots of variables to this question.
  7. tiguy7

    tiguy7 Gold Member Gold Member

    Jun 25, 2008
    CBCA74E3-A7F9-44C0-BDB5-4DE0EA3D6364.jpeg Even though this is a picture of a folding knife, Jerry Hossom’s fixed blades have the same handle design. These handles are highly contoured and are especially suited to users with big “mitts”. Notice the palm swell. The Buck 110 is for size reference.
  8. GIRLYmann


    Nov 7, 2005
    The clasdic no 2

    has handle dimensions in the right length and diameter for my hands.
    And would have to agree that its comfortable.
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  9. AntDog

    AntDog Gold Member Gold Member

    Apr 3, 2001
    Swamp Rat Ratmandu, Busse Basic 9, ASHBM, and NO-e.
  10. taste.blade

    taste.blade Gold Member Gold Member

    Dec 8, 2016

    I love the ergonomics of the wayfarer 247 so I tried to emulate them on a small fixed blade yesterday!
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  11. pyreaux

    pyreaux Gold Member Gold Member

    Jun 9, 2015
    Spartan harsey hunter or difensa.
  12. Bob6794


    Apr 21, 2013
    Hard to say I don't use fix blades often. But from my other knives I would say it's individual to the user. Best way to go about it is to find a knife shop and hold a lot of knives chances are you find one that just clicks and feels right that wasn't on your radar.
  13. Alberta Ed

    Alberta Ed

    Jun 29, 1999
    On a FB, Cold Steel's kraton handle -- hot, cold, wet, dry, covered with grease and blood, it still grips.
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  14. Mitchell Knives

    Mitchell Knives Knifemaker Moderator

    May 21, 2000
    A fairly straight handle with a good Japanese style wrap is my overall favorite.

    It's grippy, versatile and durable.
  15. 353


    Feb 20, 2015
    Yeah I think it is kind of a universal handle that fits a lot of hands.

    For those who haven't tried, check the Mora Classics against your other knives when it comes to hard force carving, for extended cutting it is probably better..
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  16. GIRLYmann


    Nov 7, 2005
    Just wanna add that the handles do
    differ in accordance with the blade length

    So why the smallest 2.0?
    Well, it helps with the inherent guardless safety issues better when its short handle,
    is better able to a position itself well inside of the palm.
    It rest in a much more secured grip
    as the back end of the handle anchors comfortably into the fleshy areas
    whenevet there is a requirement to
    assert pressure In some cutting motions.
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  17. Dr Heelhook

    Dr Heelhook Basic Member Basic Member

    Jul 24, 2007
    It does depend on what you're gonna use it for.
    There's a difference between a comfortable handle, a handle that is very secure in the hand, a handle that can be used for a long time without hurting your hand and a handle that moves very well in the hand and gives you a very acute feel for where the edge is. It's obviously gonna be a compromise, but for a knife used for days of stressless wood carving in either a clump fisted hammer grip or both thumbs on the spine detail work, I'd also vote for the Mora sausage handles.
  18. BoulderTroll

    BoulderTroll Gold Member Gold Member

    Feb 28, 2009
    I've owned fewer knives than most here, I'd imagine, but over the years I've had handles of wood, paracord, plastic, rubber, leather, G10, and micarta. I can say without a doubt that the stacked leather handle of my new Fallkniven NL5 Idun is the most comfortable handle on any knife I've ever felt. Of course it doesn't meet the OP's 6-7" blade length, but their NL3 and NL2 certainly would. For me, the polished stacked leather handle is warmer to the touch than any other material, and somehow manages to be both smoother and provide a more secure grip at the same time, than materials like wood and micarta. I have many knives I love, with several handle materials, but none of them have I just thought, "wow! that's comfortable", like I did with the NL5.
  19. Getahl


    Dec 22, 2007
    For me, anything round is comfiest. The original Mora, mentioned several times above, rocks. Honorable mention for Opinel, too.
  20. numbersman


    Nov 28, 2010
    I've been pretty happy with the handles on my Esees. Bear in mind that I ma not a hard user, but they are pretty darn comfortable. Bear in mind that they are carbon steel, and may rust. The blades are coated, but some people like to remove that coating, even though it makes it more prone to rusting.

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