Pros: Blade Sharpness, Handle Material, Overall Quality, Pocket Clip, Ease of Opening, Lock Type, Handle Feel, Weight, Lock Ease of Use, Blade Material
Cons: Pocket Clip, None
Of all the great knives I've bought over the years, the Persian 2 has stunned me the most. I had to buy two. Schempp's design is perfect. The Persian 2 melts into my hand like none of my other knives (much as I love them all). It's like I'm holding a paintbrush, not a "heavy use" folding knife. The choked grip and reverse grip feel perfectly natural, too. I also love the size of the Persian 2: not too big, not too small, and very, very light. . The fit, finish, and movement are all worthy of a Swiss timepiece. The lock-up and detent are both tight and tough, which is how I like 'em: the Persian can't easily be flicked, but in my opinion, flicking is for show. Being a mid-lock, the Persian is easier to open than to close so, again, if you're a flicker, this knife probably isn't for you.The clip is secure, too: long and tough, but springy enough to make deployment and storage easy. The knife does ride high in the pocket, with a good bit of blade steel showing. Great for deployment, but not so great for discretion (hence my listing "pocket clip" as both a pro and a con).The Spyder-hole isn't large like the ones on the Military and Paramilitary, and the hole edges are very crisp: better for purchase, I suppose, but a bit uncomfortable.Like the handle, the blade is perfectly sized and shaped for its intended use: cutting and slicing. My God, does this knife cut and slice! The blade easily makes confetti out of thin receipt paper, and cutting food is almost sensual. As for piercing, the Persian pierces well enough to get its cutting belly into play, and that's well enough for most of my uses. In a reverse grip, the Persian's point is almost perfectly positioned--SD nerds take note. I hope Spyderco resurrects the elegant Persian, perhaps with a compression lock and a variety of blade steels. It seems a shame to let such a perfect knife design disappear.