Pros: Overall Quality, Blade Material, Sheath/Scabbard
Full Tang Construction!
I just received mine so haven’t had a chance to try it out yet however I wanted to write this quick (partial) review is to clarify what I consider to be a key point: Unlike the custom versions by Phil himself which are a partial tang configuration (as shown on Phil Wilson’s website), this Spyderco South Fork is a full tang knife! The description on Knife Center is silent on this, leaving one to assume that this knife is partial tang, like those shown on Phil’s website. I was pleasantly surprised to find this not to be the case.Anyway, the knife feels well balanced, extremely comfortable and very natural in my hand (a medium size glove fits my hand tightly, which I prefer for good finger dexterity). I worry about the smooth scale finish being slippery when wet but the finger guard seems very effective. The finger choil offers a nice comfortable feeling optional grip that should work well for fine work. The blade owns up to its trailing point designation, but barely, with only a very slight up-sweep to it (pics on Phil’s website don’t give any impression of upsweep at all). The blade seems stouter than I imagined, and could conceivably be used in a self-defense situation, but clearly not the optimal use for this blade. The sheath holds the knife very securely, with no relative motion and a firm effort required to remove it so it won't fall out on it's own if inverted. The G-clip offers multiple clip orientations for vertical, canted or horizontal belt carry. Excellent overall quality (both knife and sheath).I’ll update this review once I get some time on it during my next outdoor adventure.