I see what you are saying now. For whatever reason, my jigged bone 38 seems slightly easier to open than my bloodwood 38. I believe the English Whittler will be my knife of the year. Been a fine year for GEC.Probably would be easier to see if the knives were lined up in a row. I had one a long time ago that had the nail nick closer to the pivot and was a pain to try and open, the further from the pivot you have that mechanical advantage to lift the blade out, doesn't take much and it helps, but some of those with the large swedge I think they found they needed to put the nail nick where they did.