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
A solid knife that just needs a bit of refinement
Another is a series of 5 minute reviews by Jim, so called because they're only 5 minutes of reading for you (but obviously I put in a heck of a lot more time to create it).Make: SOGModel: ST-06Price Paid: $140First Thoughts...Initial Impressions: Cool looking knife with a unique handle design. Very thin for an auto.Packaging: The box has a silk screened company logo, their URL, address, etc. Basically, it looked very professional (although it was about 50% larger than it needed to be). Nothing else protecting the knife though, like a plastic bag.Accessories: None.Documentation: None.Observed Quality: Very good. This knife looked to be screwed together quite well.Blade...Sharpness: Very. About a dozen passes over a strop and it was like a razor.Speed of Deployment: Average. Neither slow nor fast.Solidity of Lockup: Very. The blade deploys, hits the bumpstop and locks into place with a reassuring 'clunk'.Blade Wobble When Deployed: Just a touch. There is some side-to-side play but it's very minor, to the point I almost didn't even mention it.Handle...Feel: Very nice. It fits my hand really well.Size: Almost perfect. I never thought I would say this about an EDC knife, but it actually might be too thin. For most tasks it work quite well, but when getting aggressive I sometimes wished for more handle to grab a hold of. The individual finger choils make the thinness a lot more tolerable.Impressions: Solid design with a unique pattern etched into the sides. Lots to like about the appearance and feel.Convenience...Clip Strength: Ideal. Stiff enough to make it snug, but not so much so that it's impossible to get in/out of your pocket.Carry Options: Right side, tip up only. The end of the clip is actually sandwiched between the two handle sides, so there are no exposed screws. Perhaps if you disassembled it you could go left side tip up, but I never tried that.Overall...Value: Good. Solid, well built knife with a lot to like.Buy Again: Yes.Overall Assessment: Very nice knife that will be spending a lot of time in my pocket. It's a little on the thin side for me, and the rough thumb jimping on the blade spine could use a bit of smoothing over, but beyond that I really don't have any complaints.