If we all walked around with a Tardis pocket that is big on the inside than on the outside, no one would carry a folder. This is, by the way, a question of serious debate in physics. But simply put for our purposes (and thus excluding math that has very few numbers and lots of Greek symbols), if there were no weight or space penalties, no one would carry a folder.
Folders are fundamentally compromised knife designs. In two real ways they are, by definition, subpar. We all know the joke about a folder being a fixed blade that is pre-broken. This simply means that the folder’s pivot and lock cannot be as reliable or as strong as a fixed blade. Thus no matter how much stuff you lard on to the folder, lock-wise (include secondary locks), they cannot be as reliably strong as their fixed blade counterparts. For a lot of people this is a big deal. I could, however, care less. Every lock I have is sufficiently strong for what I would do with an EDC blade, and while I would take a fixed blade if there were no physical penalties, folders are good enough for me, strength wise.
The less discussed design penalty folders incur is the one that bothers me more: folder handles stink. Nothing I have ever seen matches the elegant ease of use you find in something like the Tom Krein Whitetail. Without the need for blade well, fixed blade handles are leagues better. Of course, I don’t tend to use my EDC knives in way that handles REALLY matter, but, just like pretty much every knife knut, I have suffered from the occasional hot spot. Being able to avoid these in their entirety would be great.
The problem is that most EDC fixed blades fail in one of a few distinct ways.
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