I find it is the small bladed knife I reach for, more often than not. If I have a 58mm and a 111mm in my pockets, the 58mm gets pressed into service with more regularity. The small blade is quite capable and often more convenient to use.
It’s funny you mention the 58mm. I keep seeing pics of the alox MiniChamp and thinking how bad I want one. Until...That is until I pull out my tiny little Rambler and look at that tiny blade. I’m afraid that little thing would break opening an envelope!!
If you exert a lot of force opening an envelope, I suspect you're doing something wrong... What's in my pockets right now is a Rambler and a Pocket Pal. When I reach for the Pocket Pal it's still often for the small blade, but in combination with a more comfortable handle than you get with 58 mm.
It’s funny you mention the 58mm. I keep seeing pics of the alox MiniChamp and thinking how bad I want one. Until...That is until I pull out my tiny little Rambler and look at that tiny blade. I’m afraid that little thing would break opening an envelope!!HahaSent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
For the best part of 10 years, I've been using blades between 60mm and 75mm. The IXL barlow pictured below, with a 91mm Vic and Byrd Tern, was about the perfect size. Anything over 3" was too big, and if I needed something that large, it had to be a fixed blade too. I know some folks like large folders, but they've never had much appeal for me. The other way, anything below an 84/85mm Swiss knife main blade, just wouldn't cut it - pardon the pun. As I've recently started giving pocket time to the stuff that's been confined to the drawer for years, I've been rediscovering just how much work these small blades can do. Yes, you sometimes need to do things differently, and yes, my life is far less active than it used to be. The second pic, keeping the IXL barlow for perspective, shows some of the knives that are finally winning some carry time again (or even for the first time ever in some cases), and all the little domestic cutting tasks are still getting done. OK, they wouldn't be up for hacking through damaged 10 tonne lifting slings, or heavy mooring lines, like I used to, but the parcels and food packaging are still getting opened, pencils are still being sharpened, and cardboard boxes flattened for recycling.It shouldn't be any surprise to me though. My first ever knife, was a simple 2 blade penknife (long since lost) which I inherited from my Grandfather. It was about the same size as the Sheffield ring knife in the third pic, which I'm carrying today. The second knife I ever got, was the carbon steel lambsfoot in the same picture, and though that's the size of blade I came to depend on in recent years, for the first couple of decades of adulthood, I thought it was too large to carry, unless I had specific need.That simple two bladed penknife was enough for daily carry and office life. The plastic banding on copier paper boxes, toner cartridge pouches, clamshell packaging, and package opening, were regular cutting tasks that it handled with ease. I only needed to step up to the lambsfoot if I was camping, building stage scenery, yet in recent years, I developed a dependency for the larger blades.It's being fun, rediscovering just how useful, and how capable, those smaller blades are again, and challenge the boundaries of my thinking. It's also nice to spend some time with items I haven't carried for a long time, if ever. While I certainly won't be abandoning those larger pocket knives, I won't be overlooking these smaller ones quite so often.
A great selection to choose from for sure. It'll be interesting to see which ones you do end up utilizing the most.
What’s a Pocket Pal?
I've been musing over just pocket carrying my Rambler and keeping a food knife in the bag but although it's admirably minimalist, I still want my current setup of a 58mm on the keychain and a single layer 91/93mm in the pouch. The larger handle is simply nicer to have in hand when cutting stuff. Weirdly I can't think of a larger SAK (or mod of one) which could do the job of both the Rambler and the larger SAK without it getting rather thick. It would take 3 layers methinks and even then the screwdriver wouldn't be inline (therefore no use inside computers).