Pros: Lock Type, Handle Material, Handle Feel, Ease of Opening, Blade Material, Weight, Lock Ease of Use, Overall Quality
Dandy EDC Knife
I've had this knife for three months now and have come to really love it. Just small enough to carry everyday without making a huge lump in my trousers (other than from pride), yet big enough to handle most jobs. I'd prefer it to have less recurve to the edge, as recurves make it more difficult to get and maintain a really even edge, but I can manage with this so I won't rate it down for that. It takes and holds an edge reasonably well for a stainless steel blade. I'd like it better if the blade was made from D-2, but you can't have everything at this price point.I agree with someone who said the tip lock seemed like an afterthought, and I've never felt the need to use it. The knife opens very easily but not without deliberation so I think accidental opening in the pocket is very unlikely. Still, it *could* happen, so I suppose Kershaw's product liability lawyers suggested the tip lock. It doesn't hurt anything so I'm leaving it alone for now.I did grind down the thumb studs considerably, as they're virtually useless for opening the knife, being as close to the pivot as they are. I initially pressed the thumb stud out of the blade, only to learn that it is a necessary part of the blade lock-up in the open position. I pressed it back in and ground it down to where it is just long enough to fully contact the frame for lock-up and no more, and I like it better this way. I also removed the pocket clip as I don't like carrying a knife this way.You can't go wrong with this knife for a good EDC tool.