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Size matters

Postby DavidSnell » Fri Oct 13, 2017 1:52 am

Good morning all,

Thank you so much for the feedback on my previous query over the past week or so.

I have yet another intriguing question - why did flick knife manufacturers back in the day make so many different sizes from short sword lenght to minute? I can understand smallest size being a novelty keyring, but sizes like my Itallian FBR being 160mm?

My conclusion is that manufacturers (and perhaps purchasers) wanted a flick knife that is easily concealed, yet kept look and functionality of "normal" size.

Your opinions?
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Re: Size matters

Postby Bill DeShivs » Fri Oct 13, 2017 1:55 am

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Re: Size matters

Postby john » Fri Oct 13, 2017 8:08 pm

Child size all the way to adult size.
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Re: Size matters

Postby lance » Tue Oct 17, 2017 6:49 pm

Different people have different size hands, if. Got sm hands a 13" is like a sword.if ya got big hands a 9" is like a toothpick.diffent sizes means theres something for everyone.+ they were toys to the old guys.they were counting on us americans being enamored with them and collecting all the sizes we could find..and boy were they right!!

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Re: Size matters

Postby Fishtail Picklock » Tue Oct 17, 2017 8:17 pm

lance wrote:Different people have different size hands, if. Got sm hands a 13" is like a sword.if ya got big hands a 9" is like a toothpick. different sizes means there's something for everyone.+ they were toys to the old guys.they were counting on us Americans being enamored with them and collecting all the sizes we could find..and boy were they right!!


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Re: Size matters

Postby JimBrown257 » Wed Oct 18, 2017 1:23 am

People were smaller back then.

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Postby ILikeStilettos » Wed Oct 18, 2017 10:45 am

Many laws say a 3-1/2" blade or shorter is legal, longer is not. Urban legend says that means the smaller size will not reach a life threatening internal organ. I'm a fat guy, but I still don't want to test the theory.

I'm told 11's are the most popular size and I have smallish hands and short fingers. When I fire an 11", the pommel pin abrades my palm and the knife feels ready to slip out ... so I am insecure in my grip. Oddly, a 13" is long enough that my entire grip is used and some handle even sticks out. They feel more solid to me. 13's, even hard hitting ones, are just a tiny bit slower than 11's. This is all personal opinion and conjecture. However, I have more 13's than anything else, and that's where most of my designs start. It's a personal bias, and not the common one.

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Re: Size matters

Postby Fishtail Picklock » Wed Oct 18, 2017 4:52 pm

I favor the 11" for personal carry, but a 9" handily slips into a tight shirt breast pocket for unobtrusive, yet easily deployable carry. (I saw it in a movie once). Dropping either a 9 or 11-inch needle-point stiletto into a sports jacket or blazer pocket is handy and provides for a nasty surprise for some horse's rump that's feeling violently "frisky".
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