Pros: Lock Type, Pocket Clip, Blade Sharpness, Blade Material, Handle Material, Lock Ease of Use, Weight, Ease of Opening, Overall Quality
Cons: Handle Feel, None
Solid little utility ripper @ a bargain price.
This is a fantastic little work knife which would really shine in areas with overly-restrictive blade ordinances, ie: in areas where law enforcement is particularly picky about blade length. The cutting edge is just long enough to handle most tasks which could be taken on by a larger folder or small fixed blade knife. It came wicked Cold Steel sharp,as usual, straight from the little box. Shaving sharp in fact...like, sharper than a factory fresh contractor-style razor knife. Cold Steel's serration pattern is still fantastic after all these years, if not a little bit hard to touch up with conventional sharpening equipment. That said, this rides so light, you almost forget about it until you need it, the clip is very tight & secure right out of the box & even grips light athletic shorts or thin khaki pants pockets very well. I almost always carry a larger, more dangerous folder for "urban emergencies" that doesn't see much utility use, though flying solo with just the Tuff Lite on my person, I don't feel under-prepared or under-armed at all. I noticed that unlike most lockback knives which use a spring-steel bar for pressure on the rocker lock, Cold Steel opted to use an actual small coil spring in this lockback mechanism, I'm guessing because the handle is so short, & it probably made manufacturing easier, & replacement or repairs easier as well. The lock's operation is consistent & snappy with every opening & closing cycle. Cold Steel's "Triad" lock is basically just a slightly-re-engineered lockback, but is typically stronger & more fail-proof. For all of the wacky & weird products Cold Steel puts out, they always redeem themselves with great little creative knives like these. This is a super light, rock solid little folder @ a very fair price. I review, use & purchase many knives all year round, & this may be in my top 5 favorites for 2011. Really cool, & makes a neat gift.