Pros: Blade Sharpness, Handle Feel, Handle Material, Lock Type, Weight, Ease of Opening, None
Cons: Pocket Clip, Lock Ease of Use
Good quality with a fairly modest price tag.
Had this knife for a little while now. I use it basically for whatever I need it for, using it as an EDC. As far as EDC goes, it's a tad thick for it, but not a major issue by any means. Fit's real nice in the hand, the minimalist handle combined with the drilled in holes allows for a very "grippy" feel and cut's the weight back a bit. Doesn't feel terrible in reverse grip either, especially with the grooved pommel. I did take off the clip as it wasn't a deep carry so a good bit of the knife stuck out and I didn't like that, and it just didn't really feel natural with the grip like other cold steel knives. Came quite sharp out of the box, and it's holds up decently to whatever beatings I might hand it. AUS8 that cold steel uses from taiwan gets a lot of flack, but it's really not a bad steel by any means, it's actually pretty good in the employ of what I would consider a standard folder, not great or amazing, but definitely not bad by any means. I'd be a bit more wary of it on one of Cold Steels oversized novelty pocket swords to be honest, but not here. My biggest and really only gripe with it is that the lock almost feels sort of, sticky, compared to other cold steels I've owned, mainly the code 4, another sort of minimalist knife. This is even after it's been broken in a bit. I really don't want to tweak anything too much lest it have an impact on overall integrity. In spite of a sort of sticky lock, the blade really glides open very smoothly with only one hand, very easy and very quick. Cold steel uses probably my favorite folding blade lock, the tri-ad, rock solid, no issues whatsoever with the stability of the locking mechanism and you probably won't really encounter any problems short of sitting there and spine whacking it all day for no reason whatsoever. I believe cold steel does have a patent on the tri-ad lock so you won't see it elsewhere to my knowledge. As far as overall feel with the weight, it really balances well in the hand, it isn't exactly a light folding knife, probably best described as mid-weight, feels very secure in hand, definitely not a dainty cinderella knife.It's a fairly simple knife, but as far as use in defense if that's what your thinking, it's a very natural thrusting knife with it's needle point accentuated by a false edge meeting it. Again, out of the box the edge was quite nice, not saying you can't slash with it if you want, but it's a natural thrusting knife in my opinion having both a finger guard and thumb ramp giving you very strong control when doing any manner of thrusting with it. Overall, in spite of a minor gripe with the stickiness of the lock, I've enjoyed operating and owning this knife, treat it well and it will treat you well. Just don't go putting fingers through the holes while closing it or anything stupid like that and you'll be fine. Best of all is that it still manages to look fairly pedestrian for what it is, always be smart about your carry, know the local knife laws, but if it comes to that point where you are getting searched, you'll have a stronger case with something like this than some crazy over the top knife decked out in skulls with strange and exotic curves. Being better off doesn't mean it's legal by any means, just remember, it's a tool, not a weapon.