Pros: Blade Material, Blade Sharpness, Handle Feel, Weight, Lock Type, Lock Ease of Use, None
Cons: Ease of Opening
Buying a knife online is a crap shoot
The good, the bad, and the ugly. The good – it’s lightweight (2 1/2 oz.) The overall design is nice. The handle is fairly narrow, has a nice, ergonomic curve to it and fits nicely in the palm of my hand and curves down enough in front of the index finger to keep the hand from slipping forward onto the blade. The drop of the spine to the point combined with the fairly narrow belly gives the blade a very sharp point. The lockback feels strong and secure, there’s no blade play at all in any direction. Overall, it feels like a secure knife to handle and use. The 154CM has a very smooth, satin finish which may help to inhibit corrosion. The thumb studs are held on with a Torx screw and can be removed, turning it into a simple pocket knife in case you live somewhere where it’s illegal to have a blade with thumb studs. It has a nice box with a felt lined well that’s shaped like the knife. It’s made in the U.S.A. by Fox knives for Boker. The bad – I could have sworn, looking at the pictures of this knife online, that it had a hollow grind, which is one of the things that attracted me to this knife. It does NOT have a hollow grind, it has a high, flat saber grind and I was disappointed when I first opened the knife and saw that. The description on KC says nothing about the type of grind. Despite having a flat grind, I was a bit surprised how sharp the factory edge is. It IS sharp. Will it split an atom? No. I tried it out slicing some thick, cotton cloth and it cut through very easily. There’s a tiny thumb ramp just in front of the handle that’s of little use and it has a little bit of jimping on it. The knife makes a faint rattling noise when I shake it when the blade is open, I can’t figure out why. The ugly – I got his knife on sale (50 smackers) from KC and I suspect it might have been a return even though it was supposed to be brand new. The bottom panel of the box was torn away from the box body and was hanging by a piece of paper. I glued it back together and is like new now. Even worse is the action of the blade. You see the video on KC showing the guy opening it with a flick of the wrist. NO…WAY. The action is so tight I can barely open it one handed with the thumb studs and the action feels slightly gritty also. I can only open it two handed at this time.If you’re really considering buying this knife I would say don’t spend more than 50 bucks for it. I’ll give the knife 3 stars.