Pros: Lock Type, Pocket Clip, Blade Sharpness, Blade Material, Ease of Opening, Handle Feel, Weight, Lock Ease of Use, Overall Quality
Cons: Handle Material, None
Good bang for the buck with the RAT series
Being a sucker for good knives in the $30 to $50 range I've found the Ontario RATs and Utilitacs to give you great value for the dollar. I have numerous Rats in the RAT1, RAT2, and RAT3 configuration and found them to be some of my favorites. The RAT 1 & 2 folders in particular are two of the best model EDC and light work camping and utility knives you can buy. I recently added this RAT 2 in Coyote Brown scales w/Black Blade to my collection and found it to be extremely sharp right out of the box while deploying fast and smooth as butter. While I do have some spring assisted knives, I'm not a big fan of them and you don't really have a need for the spring assisted models in the RAT series whatsoever.