With the Minimalist SAK Challenge in the books, I've been doing some more thinking.
The Minimalist SAK I chose for the Challenge didn't have a small blade. So paradoxically, my minimalist month wasn't quite as minimal as it could be since sometimes this year I have had something else on my keys or in my pocket. I did find myself wanting a small blade from time to time.
Then I got to thinking about exactly which one. Do I switch from the Compact to the Climber? Do I put the Micra back on my keyring? Is the Bantam a good compromise? Do I put a Classic or a MiniChamp in my pocket?
More than a larger blade, it seems to me that a small blade needs to be easily accessible. The small blade can cover 80% of cutting tasks, but only if it has the advantage of being more easily unfolded than the scissors or large blade. It can open a package, a letter, a packet of snacks.... but to me, a small blade is an all-purpose life-hack... it can "start" jobs that you can easily do by hand - things that you can normally tear, poke, pick, or peel by hand are made easier with a quick start using a small blade. Often, after the initial nick with a blade, the rest is quick work by hand.
Although the Micra has grown on me this year more than in the past three years... after all this time, having to open it to access the blade is a disadvantage, it seems. I'd sooner use the scissors I just opened, than unfold the knife blade. That said, I have to admit, that the blade is a formidable opponent to the Vic Classic.
I'm still a bit cold on the Classic though. To make matters worse, The MiniChamp offers me too many choices for a quick unmindful task.
The small blade on a 75mm discontinued Victorinox would probably be excellent.... too bad they're discontinued.
So, what's the best small blade out there? It would have to be an outside-accessible tool, which takes the Micra out of the running. It would have to be small (duh) but a medium SAK could still qualify.
Style, Squirt, Splice, Dime, Classic, Rambler, Prybrid X? Something else?