Pros: Blade Material, Lock Type, Overall Quality, Handle Material, Handle Feel, Weight, Lock Ease of Use, Blade Sharpness
Cons: Ease of Opening, Pocket Clip, None
Spyderco C12GS Civilian
This is the second Civilian I have purchased. This knife is an EDC knife for self-defense purposes. My first knife was lost while on vacation. This knife should NOT be used in daily cutting tasks. I realize people are going to do whatever they feel like they want to and they have that right. However read the literature that comes with the knife. Spyderco did NOT develop the knife for daily cutting tasks. The knife is meant to be used in self-defense situations. I carry the knife along with a gun, both for the same purpose, to defend myself and innocent people around me. When I fire a gun, I am responsible for each bullet that leaves the barrel. If I am in a crowded establishment, even with .007 skills I don’t want to endanger my life and by extension, my freedom by firing a handgun. However with any knife, I can control that edge and if I cut someone once, they will be limited in how they can respond, especially if I am trained in where and how to cut a threat. This knife will cut through a heavy leather coat, let alone layers of cloth. This fall/winter I will see how it stands up to the hide of an elk.If someone wants to really make this knife “scalpel sharp,” buy the Spyderco sharpener. The two blades that come with the kit will bring a knife to a slightly finer edge than original. If you buy the ultra-fine stones, the blade will have an edge I have never felt before from a knife I sharpened. I use silicone spray to lubricate the folder because most any other will attract dirt. I have use of only my left arm and hand. I leave the pocket clip for the knife as it comes from the factory. I then use my ring finger to spin the blade out. With just a little practice I am much faster with a knife than my gun. If I need more time to get the knife out, a knee or kick gives me the space and time.When I lived in Arizona a few years ago, I had to bring this knife out twice when I felt my life was threatened. Both times that was the end of the altercation. Both times the cops were called and I was never given a ticket or even a warning. The officers asked me what happened, I told my side of the story and then waited for the other side to say their piece. Telling the story would add more words but both of the episodes ended after the Civilian came out.As a slight aside, if you bring the knife out in any kind of fight; decide ahead of time if you are prepared to use it. Second guessing while you are in a fight is not the place to have that kind of mental debate.