What’s your preferred folder size

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  1. JDRanger

    JDRanger Gold Member Gold Member

    Aug 14, 2017
    Wondering what size of FOLDER is most popular. I’ve never seen an official size metric so I used some logical (but maybe not very defendable) measurement ranges and associated size categories to them.

    What size do you prefer?


    2.50” - 3.25” = Small
    3.30” - 4.00” = Medium
    4.00” + = Large
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  2. JDRanger

    JDRanger Gold Member Gold Member

    Aug 14, 2017
    I definitely prefer Medium. 3.00” - 3.50”.
  3. Joefairbanks

    Joefairbanks Gold Member Gold Member Basic Member

    Jun 14, 2016
    i prefer the medium size, 95% of the time.
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  4. Hickory n steel

    Hickory n steel Gold Member Gold Member

    Feb 11, 2016
    My favorites are definitely smalls, I love a number of mediums but most of my favorite folders tend to be smalls.
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  5. jlauffer

    jlauffer Gold Member Gold Member

    Apr 11, 2016
    Guess I'm in the small camp. Live in MA but spend a lot of time in RI, which has a 3" limit.
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  6. Lesknife

    Lesknife Platinum Member Platinum Member

    Mar 31, 2018
    A 3 1/4” is the smallest I can use and up to a 3 7/8” for deep pocket carry. Anything larger than that it’s clipped to my pocket. I also carry a large vantage that’s 4 3/8” clipped to my pocket and sometimes a Buck 110 slim pro with a pocket clip at 4 7/8”. So I have a big spread in size usage. Lol. I will admit that while at home taking it easy I mostly have a 303 cadet at 3.25” in my pocket.
  7. 22-rimfire

    22-rimfire Gold Member Gold Member

    Nov 20, 2005
    I prefer "Smalls" relative to your definition. I consider them to be medium sized knives however. Small is when you get down below 2.5" blade length with moderns. I tried larger moderns but I just didn't feel comfortable using them around other people. 95% of what I cut with a pocket knife now is with a Vic Small Tinker (3.3" closed length). It fits in my watch pocket in my jeans. So, it doesn't get all banged up with all the other pocket debris and still cuts nicely in my world.
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  8. Knives&Lint


    May 10, 2013
    I'd say the sweet spot for me is on the larger side of medium at 3.5-4". That being said I do like large folders as well when they're done right, and I daily carry a SE Dragonfly so I appreciate small folders too...Once again, I find the answer to which knife I prefer being, well... all the knives :rolleyes:
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  9. number9

    number9 Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 5, 2017
    3"-3.25" (blade) with a clip. A little smaller if it's flopping around in the pocket.
  10. hhmoore

    hhmoore Gold Member Gold Member

    Feb 7, 2014
    It depends on what you're measuring. With "modern folders", the common assumption would be blade length. With traditionals, it seems to be closed/handle length.
    There's a weird 0.05" gap between the top of small & bottom of medium... but usually people just reference their favorite range without classifying.
    I've become tolerant of 3.25" bladed modern folders, though; so I'm a solid medium in your poll. I've got a couple at 3", or just under; and, while I might like the knives, I consider most of them at least somewhat awkward to handle/use due to their size.
  11. bdmicarta


    Feb 16, 2012
    I prefer medium+, about 3.6" to 3.75" blades. Of the knives I carry regularly- PM2 is the smallest and Military is the largest.
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  12. rick melear

    rick melear Gold Member Gold Member

    Nov 28, 1998
    Medium, like Spyderco PM2
  13. Peter Hartwig

    Peter Hartwig Gold Member Gold Member

    Feb 29, 2008
    I buy a lot of 3" because it seems like many offer that size, but would prefer around 3.25"
  14. gazz98

    gazz98 Gold Member Gold Member

    Sep 3, 2008
    I prefer medium size.

    75% of my folders fall into the medium range.

    20% - small

    5% - large
  15. Prester John

    Prester John Gold Member Gold Member

    May 20, 2018
  16. Forester_01

    Forester_01 Gold Member Gold Member

    Jul 20, 2018
    3.4-3.7 inch blade
  17. Sharp & Fiery

    Sharp & Fiery Always Embellish Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    May 14, 2012
    One small and one medium for me.
  18. Black Oak Bladeworks

    Black Oak Bladeworks KnifeMaker / Craftsman / Service Provider Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Jun 5, 2019
    I like large. 4 inch is about right for me.
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  19. sabre cat

    sabre cat Basic Member Basic Member

    Jul 4, 2014
    Based upon your standard I prefer small and medium.

    Almost everything I have in folders are 3 inch to three and a half inches. Many are 3.25 inches.

    I have a few that are shorter but 3 to 3.5 inches seem to be my preference.

    I carried a 2.5 inch Vic Cadet for a month. I never want anything smaller than that. I don’t see how anyone can use super small stuff.
    That’s anything under 2 1/2 inches in my book.
  20. Weiss


    Jan 3, 2007
    Four inch blade.

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