3 HM or 4 HM

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  1. B-line

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    I am trying to decide between a 3 HM or 4 HM. I have a 6 that I really like for a camp knife, but I want a smaller/lighter knife for hiking and hunting/game processing. I am leaning toward the 3 but would like to get the opinions of people who have handled and used both knives. Thanks in advance for your thoughts.
     
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    If you already have a 6, get a 3. Thinner and a better slicer.
     
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    The 3HM is thinner and slices better. It also is smaller and lighter. For small detailed work, IMHO the 3HM is going to work better than the larger blades.
     
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    It depends on what you will use it for. I have almost all the ESEE knives and the "4" is my "go to" out of all of them for everyday use. Unless you are in an office setting, I prefer the "4" as it is better for defense, has a longer cutting edge and unless I plan on skinning, I like the "4" the best.
     
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    For what you are looking for I would recommend the 3.
     
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    I have a 3 and got it instead of the 4 because I also have a 5" blade [not ESEE ]. Since you have a 6 I would go with the 3. It does a great job skinning and other chores the 6 is too big for and the 4 will not add to your requirement except 1" length.
     
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    Thanks for your thoughts everyone, it looks like the 3 has the edge at this point.
     
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    I have both hm versions. If most of your hiking you will have the 6 as the main knife go with the three. I have used both for game and the three is more versitile with small and large game. Plus it is a better edc and cutting knife. If you are looking for one knife to slog through the woods with that is not a 6 the four is great.
     
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    I appreciate the input so far, but I'm still torn. If I'm car camping or on an ATV I'd probably have the 6 and a 3 or 4, but hunting and backpacking I just like to carry one fixed blade and a SAK, and this is the main reason I want a smaller fixed blade. So knowing it would usually be paired with a SAK I'm starting to think maybe I'd be better off with the 4...
     
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    Think long,Think wrong!
    Go 3....
     
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    I ended up going with the 4. Maybe a 3 will be next. Thanks again for the input.
     
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