Pros: Pocket Clip, Handle Feel, Ease of Opening, Overall Quality, Weight, Lock Ease of Use, Lock Type
Cons: Blade Material, None
I had been debating getting a regular Brian Tighe. So I decided to order this to see how I liked the overall design and to see how I felt about a button lock. Ive owned everything except a button-lock. My intentions were to get it, make an assessment, and give the knife away. After all, my current rotation are 2 Shirogorovs, 2 FFKW, CKF Tegral, CRK Sebenza, and a Grimsmo Norseman. So a $40 knife doesnt fit. Or does it?For starters the first thing I noticed was the weight. Its extraordinarily light. The only knife I have that is lighter is my Shirogorov Hati. For me, there is (or was) a very definite line of what was too light. This positively blurs that line and its due to the entire handle - both sides - being GRN. While this is not a heavy-use knife it seems totally suitable for light and medium duties. The button lock functions nicely. There is no stick in any of the travel of the button or in its functioning as a lock. It works and it works nicely. Now, the button and Axis lock systems arent complicated. We're not smashing atoms here. But QC counts and it shows in this knife. Button lock is fairly simple but elegant enough to go very wrong if the execution and/or QC is lacking. Luckily they are spot-on here.Blade: Overall its ok. Its not great steel and its sharp enough. The compound grind is clearly machine done (if it was hand done this knife would be 3x the price). I dont have a problem with that. Overall they tried to express fidelity to the original Tighe design and they succeeded. I should add that the thumbstud is entirely unnecessary and I think takes away from the design. They couldve lost the thumbstud altogether or at least used one that was smaller in radius. Its also generic. I would prob have the same opinion of the regular Tighe Tac too. The knife deploys and retracts so smoothly that a thumbstud and a flipper are totally redundant. Action: Stupid smooth right out of the box. Does NOT require any flick of the wrist to open or close. Its a little ridiculous but this is as smooth as my Shirogorov F3 and close to being as smooth as my Grimsmo Norseman. Its blowing my mind. Ergonomics: This fits the hand nicely. I dont have massive hands but I dont have small hands either. For comparison Ive found that it fits the hand very similarly to my Griptilian with FRN handles. Its a touch thinner but it has that same natural feel and it seems to take up the same palm real-estate as the Griptilian.All in all this has really made me want a regular Tighe with a button lock. And if youre looking for a great light and medium duty knife for $50 or less then this should be your pick. Hands down. If youre willing to spend $50-60 then this starts to compete with a Spiderco Tenacious. At that point you get g10 scales and it has a little more heft. But I cant honestly say which one is better. I think it comes down to preference. This also would make a great gift. I would absolutely consider this as a gift for someone as their first knife. Im debating getting a second for a gift because Im keeping this one. It may not fit my current rotation but I dont care. Its cool enough to be with those titans of EDC.