Whats about the smallest (closed length) you can go ?

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Whats about the smallest (closed length) you can go ?

Postby Lansky1 » Wed May 15, 2019 1:04 pm

I know we all have knives of all different sizes, but I have almost completely divested myself from the small ones over the years. I'm a white collar stiff, and even so, I hardly ever carry anything shorter than a 63090 stockman (3-1/4" closed), even though I have a pile of peanuts and pen knives that gather dust. More often, I'll be carrying a 32 stockman, canoe, 107W or ratcliffe.

I'd be curious how everybody else views this - about how short do you like to go for everyday carry ?
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Re: Whats about the smallest (closed length) you can go ?

Postby tongueriver » Wed May 15, 2019 1:23 pm

Although I enjoy smaller knives as collectibles, I don't think I ever CARRY one shorter than 3 1/2 inches. And often a fixed blade or folding hunter on the belt.

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Re: Whats about the smallest (closed length) you can go ?

Postby Steve Warden » Wed May 15, 2019 1:26 pm

I prefer 3-1/4 to 4".
3-1/2 to 3-3/4 about ideal.
I do have a Case 6375 at 4-1/4 that I'll slip into the pocket every once in a while.
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Re: Whats about the smallest (closed length) you can go ?

Postby cody6268 » Wed May 15, 2019 1:46 pm

The Victorinox Classic, at a tad over 2 1/4" is the smallest knife I carry. And in most cases, I'm not using the blade, just the scissors. Normally, it's 3". I have lots of 3" lockbacks--they're great for a watch pocket. Same with Small Stockmen. 3.75-4" is about perfect.

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Postby XX Case XX » Wed May 15, 2019 1:57 pm

3" closed is the shortest I'll go. Anything less than that is simply too small.

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Re: Whats about the smallest (closed length) you can go ?

Postby Mumbleypeg » Wed May 15, 2019 2:01 pm

My favorite EDC is the Case 047 pattern which is right at 4 inches. Sometimes it’s a Schrade 881 which is just a tad shorter. My back pocket carry is a 4-3/4 inch lock back. Even when I worked an office job I carried a Case 18 pattern stockman (3-5/8 inches).

Anything less than 3-1/4 inches is too small for most jobs IMHO, unless you’re just working fingernails. JMO. But any knife is better than no knife! ::tu::

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Postby WillyCamaro » Wed May 15, 2019 2:05 pm

I'm with you Ken ::nod::
My favorite size is around 3 1/2" to 3 3/4". I feel they are the most handy in that size range. Bigger than that, they get uncomfortable in the pocket.
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Postby zoogirl » Wed May 15, 2019 3:01 pm

Thé little Richards and the Chinese wood and brass live in my changepurse. I like the can opener and screwdriver on the Richards and the other one is actually a two blade which you don’t often see.
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Re: Whats about the smallest (closed length) you can go ?

Postby KnifeSlinger#81 » Wed May 15, 2019 3:02 pm

I can carry a 2 3/4" knife with no problem, all the ones I have are schrades with two or three blades that are on the same serpentine frame. Naturally I prefer the three blade. It's a pretty small pattern but never inadequate for typical pocket knife tasks. I don't usually carry a knife that small though.


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Re: Whats about the smallest (closed length) you can go ?

Postby Steve Warden » Wed May 15, 2019 3:34 pm

Mumbleypeg wrote:But any knife is better than no knife! ::tu::

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Re: Whats about the smallest (closed length) you can go ?

Postby knife7knut » Wed May 15, 2019 3:37 pm

I tend to favor smaller knives now as my cutting shores are pretty much limited to trimming errant brush hairs on my lettering brushes and cutting paper for patterns.My carry knives of late have been a tiny Victorinox with metal handles and an older Smith & Wesson metal handled folder.
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Re: Whats about the smallest (closed length) you can go ?

Postby rea1eye » Wed May 15, 2019 4:20 pm

I have 2 Case Peanuts which I love but seldom carry. I am afraid they will fall out of my pocket.
Their small size makes them weigh considerably less than longer knives. The small blade size
however does the job in most circumstances.

My favorite size to carry is 3 1/4 to 3 3/4 inches.
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Re: Whats about the smallest (closed length) you can go ?

Postby OLDE CUTLER » Wed May 15, 2019 5:52 pm

If you have joint problems in your hands as I do, then too small a knife gets to be a problem manipulating. I have small knives, but don't carry them, preferring 3 1/2"-4 1/4" folders.
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Re: Whats about the smallest (closed length) you can go ?

Postby Quick Steel » Wed May 15, 2019 6:09 pm

For carry 3 1/2" is the smallest I go. Prefer around 4".
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Re: Whats about the smallest (closed length) you can go ?

Postby tallguy606 » Wed May 15, 2019 6:09 pm

I got this Buck 705 for $5 at the pawnshop. It's the tiniest real pocketknife I ever saw. Still, opens boxes etc. very well. I personally prefer a 4 inch stockman or a large Copperlock or Tribal Lock for EDC.
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