Pros: Blade Material, Weight, Blade Sharpness
Cons: Handle Feel, Ease of Opening, None
I have been using assisted opening knives since they first surfaced and in general, have never had a big issue with them.CRKT's relatively new knife, the Enticer, employs their patented Firesafe assisted opening mechanism, with a twist. When I first saw this knife, I liked it's overall look, blade shape, and, at 2ounces, a ultralight carry knife. At this point, I really wanted to like this knife.But, and there's always a but somewhere, I just did not like the way CRKT has incorporated it's opening mechanism. I should preface my comments by saying that I have large, beefy hands--the Enticer is a small knife for me; the handle spans about 3/4 way across the palm of my hand.In a nutshell, CRKT, and the designer of this knife, Mary Jo Lerch, have incorporated a small half disc which rotates and releases the fire safe mechanism. Thumb pressure on the edge of the disc disengages the lock mechanism, releasing the blade. And, for certain, when it works, it does snap open with vigor!! It's clunky for sure, the disc making a little rattle sound. I practised and practised and, just when I thought I finally had it mastered, I couldn't deploy it every time I tried.After a week of daily practice and frustration, I returned this knife and replaced it with a different knife. I have a very strong conviction that the opening mechanism of any folder should be second nature--and, truthfully, it should be easy and reliable every single time. I just didn't believe this was the case with the Enticer, for me, anyways.I hope knife companies are not trending towards opening mechanisms that are "too cute" or gimmicky if you will ---you know the old bromide, k-I-s-s.In closing, this is a great little knife in many ways, but, sometimes, like life itself, different strokes for different folks--if you have big mitts, it just might not be the right knife for you.