Looking For A 2.9-in. Folder

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  1. Mister Coffee

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    Based on something I saw in a Clint Smith video, I'm considering sizing my carry knife down to a blade length that would be under, but only just under, the legal limit in my area of 3.0-in. My Spyderco Delica is an excellent knife, and I may wind up choosing it as my carry, but it measures only 2.5-in.

    What comes to mind in a good quality folder at 2.9-in blade length?

    Thanks. :)



    EDIT: Oops! I guess I incorrectly measured that. Wasn't even drinking. Honest.



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  2. Mk-211

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    Looks like you already had it. ;)
     
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  3. JohnKSa

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    How is the blade length measured in your laws? Tip to hilt? Or maybe along the cutting edge?
     
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  4. Mister Coffee

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    Not specified. Have to assume the worst, so I measure from the edge of the scale to the tip of the blade. So, apparently, does Spyderco in their spec sheet.
     
  5. jmr40

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    I'd trust the manufacturers printed specs. Might be a good idea to print out a copy of the specs and keep them with you. FWIW, I've noticed a lot of manufacturers specify 2.9". Must be for this reason.

    Nothing wrong with what you have, but another option.

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  6. Mister Coffee

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    @jmr40 The Grip has a great reputation. Thanks for reminding me. :)
     
  7. Mk-211

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    I think there's a member selling some mini grips and other BM knives here on the board.
     
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  8. Kookla

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    Some manufacturers measure the actual cutting length of the blade, some the OAL of the blade.
     
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  9. redneck

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    I really like the looks of this. I have no experience with the company, but came across it in a youtube video and thought it looked really nice. I'd want the XL version, but the regular has a 2.8 inch blade.

    https://thejamesbrand.com/stories/the-carter
     
  10. DMW1116

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    I’ve been carrying my Delica so long I’ve had to grind the kick at the base of the blade so the tip didn’t stick out of the handle when it was closed. Then I had to grind the spine to lower it further and regrind the edge to thin it down. I’m tempted to do it again too. I’d say go with the Delica
     
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    In the UK a pocket knife blade is measured by the length of the cutting edge. From the UK government web site:

    The exception to these 2 rules are folding pocketknives that:

    • have a cutting edge no longer than 3 inches
    • are not lock knives (they do not have a button, spring or catch that you have to use to fold the knife) ctrl
     
  12. hso

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    He's In California so the cautious way to measure is tip to handle as opposed to jurisdictions where code specifies from point to end of edge.

    It is frustrating that there is more than one rule for blade length measurement.
     
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  13. joneb

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    Pretty happy with the Spyderco Native 5.
     
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  15. SteadyD

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    I own numerous Spyderco knives and I can measure many of them longer than reported specs by being less than generous with where I start the measurement.
     
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  16. JFrame

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    Yep... One never knows what an over-zealous security guard or LEO will deem to be the "appropriate" measuring method... :scrutiny:
     
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    AD002619-E1DA-4858-834F-5C36BC51564C.jpeg 5727AAB4-8860-413A-84D7-FB6253B4657D.jpeg Pic one is how Spyderco measures the Native 5. Clearly under 3 inches. Pic two is still a true measure of the blade and it is now slightly over 3 inches. I personally would never carry a Native 5 somewhere with a 3 inch limit.


    This same method of measuring also yields a blade length slightly over 3 inches for the Delica
     
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  18. SteadyD

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    My state has a 4 inch limit and I always check with folks at the Spyderco forum and ask someone to measure at the longest possible length before I make a purchase. I’ve saved myself hundreds of dollars by checking first!
     
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