Pros: Blade Sharpness, Lock Type, Handle Material, Overall Quality, Pocket Clip, Ease of Opening, Handle Feel, Weight, Lock Ease of Use, Blade Material
Just received the EX04 today and would have to say that it is the most beautiful knife I have ever seen. The look of the handle and the ergonomics are fantastic. The blade shape is highly useable and it arrived wicked sharp. I personally think that the 154CM steel is probably one of the best overall steels for a folder. The locking mechanism is silky smooth, and allows you to extend the blade with just a quick wrist flip as quickly as an automatic. Zero blade play. The EX04 with 4 inch blade feels very balanced and light in hand. I purchased this as a tactical/self defense knife. There are YouTube videos that demonstrate how effective the Modified Wharncliffe blade, as designed by AE, is in that role. After seeing how nice this knife is, I plan on buying the other blade shape in 3.5 inches as an EDC, though the Modified Wharncliffe design would work just as well. Seriously, I cannot think of a single negative. If your main goal is collecting, blade, handle, locking mechanism, designer, and price all make this a very good buy.