HideAway Straight: "Put on this knife and you are a human velociraptor."--JB, new HideAway owner.
The straight is the popular model as it provides both utilitarian (opening boxes, cutting vines) and self-defense benefits. For the overall background on the knife, read "The Concept". Inspiration for this particular blade shape came when I was balancing on the 4" edge along my deck's planter box while trying to train the vines to go in a certain direction. I really needed a knife, but had clippings in one hand and needed to hold on for balance as I leaned across. Decided to call this the Horticultural model. That is until Mick Strider told me, "70% of people don't understand what Horticultural means. The rest of them think you are referring to something else." So, "HideAway Straight" it is!
Beyond its utilitarian uses, someone referred me to what Michael Janich wrote about the superior effectiveness of that blade geometry in self-defense scenarios. My buddy SouthNarc, someone with 25 years of martial arts training and a cop who gets into foot pursuits and life and death struggles with bad-guys way too often, also feels it's a very effective blade on this knife. He would go for the jugular vein with this knife.
I like the straight blade type the best because I use mine a lot and it's very fast to sharpen when I do that every other month or so. I picked the new S30V stainless as the metal because it keeps its edge a lot longer than the cheaper knife steels you can buy in stores, and because the best custom knifemakers recommend it. Some people say you shouldn't use your self-defense knife unless you really need it for self-defense. I disagree. Only by using a tool often do you get proficient at the tool. So use it! When my new roommate set off a strain gauge alarm, I went from being asleep to having my HideAway knife, gun(HK), and light(SureFire) in-hand in seconds. That was the result of training and use. After I put my gun down and was sitting on the stairs telling my new roommate that if he wanted to live long and prosper, he would not do that again, I forgot I was still wearing the HideAway, 10 minutes later. That was the result of adrenalin and the fact that it weighs only 1 ounce.