Pros: Overall Quality, Blade Sharpness, Pocket Clip, Ease of Opening, Handle Feel, Handle Material, None
Cons: Blade Material, Lock Type, Lock Ease of Use, Weight
Solid, edging KAI's line between Kershaw and ZT.
I bought this because I've been through many knives, and it was on sale for $19.99. That said, I like it fine, and it's become my daily carry. Things to note:*It's a burly boy. Thick. Heavy. Full G10 scales, and steel liners on both sides, not skeletonized - this ain't gonna be a lightweight. I'm ok with this. Feels almost overbuilt, like a ZT (I imagine) or a Benchmade (I know).*Thumbstud is I guess a useful addition? But flipper gets the job done.*I like a smaller, discreet clip. This has that, but unlike the rest of the civilized knife world, I'm not a huge fan of deep carry. I'd rather have an inch or two of knife above the top of the clip, something to grab onto, rather than having my grip constantly slip off the top of the clip, then reach into the pocket itself, and disengage the knife and clip from the pocket material. Just my two cents. This is deep carry. There can't be more than a half-inch of body/handle protruding from the top of your pocket when it's clipped to normal depth.*I've struggled with Kershaw for many years now. I like their designs, and their materials, and more than all, their price point. I love what they're getting into with autos, and I dream of a ZT. But: I've learned to be wary of their measurements. Almost all of their knives feel small in my hand. I'm not saying they're liars, but what they call a 3.5" blade does not feel the same to me as a Benchmade 3.5". I've owned a Ken Onion Shallot, Chive, OSO Sweet, Kershaw Lifter, RJ Martin II, and at least a few more. All I sold almost immediately, because they don't feel right. Too small. What they call a 3.5" blade feels like a 3.0". A 3.0" feels like less. I don't know if it's measuring from the tip of handle rather than cutting edge, or accounting for finger choils, or blade curvature/'belly'/recurve, or what - but I'd strongly advocate for treating the purchase of Kershaw knives like a big man buying Adidas. Not going to say don't, but maybe order at least a size or maybe even two larger than you think you need in other brands. :)Which is to say - I like this. My normal EDC before this was back and forth between two very old Benchmades, a Pinnacle (titanium mono-lock/framelock, combo edge, black), and an old Elishewitz Sentinel - aluminum scales over titanium liner lock, spear point, satin, combo edge. This feels a little smaller - more like a 3.5" than 3.75". But sharp as hell, and tough enough. I like the more subtle bead-blast/stonewash finish rather than a more reflective satin like is on my Sentinel. And I like non-reflective black best of all, but my Pinnacle is showing some pretty deep scratches with age.The handle is wonderfully ergonomic, speedsafe has functioned with no failures at all. Like any Kershaw with speedsafe, you're going to feel the detent when closing it. Flipper is a good size and not obnoxiously aggressive (won't tear up your finger or pockets. Acts as a comfortable choil or hilt when opened. The little indent in the heel really adds to comfort in a reverse grip. I haven't regretted stepping down to a more affordable steel yet in the 8CrMoV, or Sandvik or whatever this is, compared to my old ATS-34's (aka now, 154CM). I fully endorse this. Only things I'd change: maybe a smidge longer blade - just like another 1/4" in Kershaw units (still under 4" real-world) and I'd love a black/combo-edge variant.