Pros: Overall Quality, Handle Material, Blade Sharpness, Blade Material, Handle Feel, Pocket Clip, Lock Type
Cons: Ease of Opening, Weight, None
Kershaw Random Task II Assisted 3-1/4" Stonewash Combo Blade
This is a very nice EDC type one-handed knife that applies well to all general useage, especially for when one's other hand is busy holding on to something. The G-10 handles help to provide for a more comfortable and secure grip, and they look great too. The pocket clip comes in the tip-down position, while the handle also allows for one to change it to the tip-up position, as I prefer that for my style of carry. For me, I found it to be just a little heavier and thicker than other folders I have. But, thats not a big concern, while the blade is the main appreciable aspect of this knife. It is a straight blade, with just the right length for all cutting chores, and is presented in a modified reverse tanto style that comes razor sharp and tends to hold its combination plain and serrated edges quite well. The spring assist for the blade works quite well also, to deliver the blade quickly into its locking open position, almost like a switch-blade The only down-point for me.... and it seems more like a design flaw....is that there is very little room for one's thumb to get a good purchase on the thumbstud when trying to flick it open. Whenever trying to use it as it was, I found that it tended to irritate my thumb to some degree, while it was rather difficult to flick it open with any consistency. So, because of this, I decided to modify it to my own satisfaction, by carefully carving out an angled notch in the G-10 handle next to the thumb stud. After doing that, I can now get a better purchase on the stud to where it flicks into position more naturally and reliably; and I'm able to use it much more efficiently, without any thumb irritation. Overall, and especially after modifying the thumbstud approach, I now find this to be a great knife that I will use often. It truely looks and feels great when deploying it now; and I feel that I can rely on it. But, because of the current factory design of the handle in relation to the thumbstud, I hesitate in recommending this knife.