Cons: Handle Material, Overall Quality, Handle Feel, Weight, Ease of Opening, Blade Sharpness
Hell Of A Deal; Not Much Of A Knife.
(ꜰᴇᴇʟ ꜰʀᴇᴇ ᴛᴏ sᴋɪᴘ ᴍʏ ɪɴᴛʀᴏ) I've been fascinated by and collected knives since I was a little kid, which is farther away than I need to share. You name a brand, I probably have at least one somewhere. I'd sworn off spending money on them, but of course I still look, and whilst browsing KnifeCenter trying in vain to count how many damned flippers there suddenly are, I noticed this at the top of my screen. It looked like a great kicking-arond-the-shop knife designwise (assisted, GFN, that predictable, smooth SpeedSafe kinda-3-stage resistance, plain hollow-ground edge) and better still, as I am obsessed with Safety-Orange, I was led by the product photos to believe that the knife stocks were of that outrageous neon hue. And it was <$20⁈ I ordered. HEre comes the review:I have to stop and compliment KnifeCenter on their incredible logistics, as ever. I paid next to nothing for shipping and it was in the mailbox a couple days later. The knife itself, however, was one disappointment after another. The handle and liner-insert material, contrary to what the photos might suggest, are but merely orange. Halloween-decoration orange. They're glass-filled nylon with an odd honeycomb/scale raised texture, far too airy in composition and cut too thin for my tastes. The handle is simply not long enough for my beefy mitts, in no way does it have the proper ergonomics of a folding knife, like a single-stack subcompact or a golf-pencil. The knife is poorly-balanced. The wretched "flipper" micro-fad is a design pimple; the biomechanical equivalent of tits on a bull. Yes, I could see that it didn't have a proper thumb-stud or -disc before I bought it, and I deserved that, but that's just the start of what's wrong with this cheap Chinese folder. I'm not even going to get into niggling details like bladeplay or whether I liked the shape of the pocket-clip; the first thing I do when I buy a knife is test the edge the factory chose to impress their clientele.(Copy) Paper test, failed (miserably). Slighly heavier laid paper test, might as well have been using an emery-board; only part that bit was the 3-4mm of pronounced excess just before the gratuitous choil; this knife was sharpened without touching human hands, in one pass, on a cheap and improperly-surfaced grinder. Tissue test? Pff. Next I jabbed a greasy shop rag and pulled down, point leading, sliding the blade across the surface. It was more an act of yanking the rag up and finally twisting to try to get purchase. I am not making any of this up! Further, all the screws are weird-sized, micro-threaded Torxes (why?!), which Kershaw will not help you replace since they probably don't even know where in China it came from, much less trust that handle to withstand reassembly. It's an absolute disgrace of a knife, and I carefully wiped it off, gave it a blast with the compressor, slid it back in its bag and box, and returned it to KnifeCenter, who had gone out of their way to make their awesome return policy clear before and during purchase. I was within a few days returned my measly twenty bucks, minus cheapest postage. I had an absolutely excellent experience with this site and am no longer afraid to get stuck with a loser, since there aren't any places around I can go to fiddle with the knives I'm actually interested in. They stuck by their word and even though I bought a knife I wouldn't recommend anyone own and stands as a real black mark on a company that has served me fairly well a number of times before, many years ago, I had absolutey no negative consequences (apart from shame and a couple bucks) because KnifeCenter really did their job outstandingly, no questions asked, no hassle, no phone calls, no nothin'. Bottom line: Stay on this site, and try to avoid impulsive purchases, but if you just can't resist, you won't end up fighting to fix your mistake!