There is not much that I need to do by way of a formal review. Editor Emeritus Chris Dumm did an incredible job reviewing the #8. It is our #3 review all time with more than 25k views.
Frankly, unless I was trying to test them to failure, there is not much difference between the #6 and #8 in terms of functionality, though the #6 is more comfortable in a crowded pocket. The #8 is noticeably more robust.
For what it is worth, my buddy Bill J. (author of the 4th place Reader Essay contest entry) carries a self-modded #7 as his go to EDC. I can see how that might hit a sweet spot. While I haven’t confirmed, the picture he sent me of his makes it appear he mostly carries it in a well worn belt sheath.
My initial impression of these knives is that they are every bit as wonderful as their reputation. They feel light and responsive in the hand, they are lovely knives to look at, and I have been able to put an armhair-shaving edge on them both.
The knives did not come outrageously sharp from the factory, so I would not put them in the same class as David’s Hogue factory edge. I sliced a bit of coloring book paper (I was out of newsprint) and they factory edge tore slightly.
Less than 5 minutes with the medium and fine Spyderco Sharpmaker rods, and I had the the carbone steel blades where I wanted them.
I gave the #6 to my Father-in-law. He has been needing a new knife, likes small pocket folders as opposed to clip knives, and immediately took a liking to it. I may buy myself another, but since my in-laws live with us, I will be able to see it in daily use.
I will post periodic updates. Andrew C. posted a picture of his big (#12?) Opie to the TTAK Facebook Page. He seems like a satisfied customer.
How many others of you carry these timeless classics and what size do you prefer?