Pros: Blade Sharpness, Blade Material, Weight, Overall Quality, None
Cons: Lock Ease of Use, Ease of Opening
Incredible blade, questionable handles
Blue Goose has nailed this knife with his review.The blade is spectacular -- a simple shape with clean lines perfectly executed. The handles, when closed, feel odd -- pokes against my (Large-glove wearing) palm in a not that great way. When open, however, it fits perfectly. This knife actually feels like a non-folder when the handles are locked together.The locking clip is WAY tight when the knife is closed -- I have to give quite a squeeze to pop it loose. I'm still trying to decide whether to file it down slightly or see if it wears away naturally. The lock release when opened is not as tight.The knife came with the pocket clip on the wrong side for my liking in right-hand side pocket carry, but that's an easy fix, esp if you have the Benchmade 'bluebox' toolkit.I concur: this isn't a knife for serious flipping: in an emergency, I'd more likely use it closed (there's a nice little extension of metal that'd do well for impact point) and in most daily use will most likely open it slowly: I have to use my other hand to release the catch at the moment.For casual flipping, it seems ok, once you get used to the light and relatively short handles. I have the Spyderco Spyderfly and this is a much nicer handle all around, despite the lighter weight and shorter handles.In short, I think I'll keep it, but my knife-loving sifu only shook his head and patted his Benchmade Subrosa happily. I wouldn't mind seeing this blade in a different handle.. perhaps something like the Dejavoo?