This is the hard part though. For those of us new to EDC (or EDCF), you may think you know exactly what you want only to find different when it shows up. That's the hardest part of all. If you had the experience with various styles, sizes, locks, etc. and lost/damaged your blade and needed replacement, I'm sure you could jump straight to what you really want. For us newbies, it's more of a learning curve I think it helps to either have friends/family in close proximity with similar interests in gear to find what works for you. There are a lot of really good points being made in this thread, and it really speaks to the path I've taken in gear. For me, it shows that experience can exceed education/research when it comes to selecting what is best for you. A combination of both is best of all.