GET A GRIP!
With so many styles of knives on the market, there are endless varieties of handles available, but not all of them are created equally.
For a light duty EDC knife that may just see jobs like cutting string, tape, or opening envelopes, having a hand-filling, comfortable handle might not be a big issue. For something that’s going to see heavier use as a work knife, hunting knife, bushcraft tool, or self-defense tool, your handle matters a lot more. You need a grip that’s solid and comfortable, something that you can use for long periods of time without causing hand fatigue or getting blisters and stays put under impact or harsh environmental conditions.
Checkering, handle grooves, texture, and spine jimping can all enhance a grip, but if they’re too aggressive or have sharp corners, they can cause hot spots and lead to the fatigue and blisters. Similarly, handle length and thickness can play a big part in what’s comfortable as well. Over-gripping a thin handle can increase hand fatigue, as can trying to hold onto a grip that’s too short.