Pros: Blade Sharpness, Lock Type, Handle Material, Overall Quality, Pocket Clip, Ease of Opening, Handle Feel, Weight, Lock Ease of Use, Blade Material
My last glowing review was not posted. Curious. Having had more time to handle, examine, and use it, my impression jumps from a 5 of 5 to an 8 of 5. (I ordered 3 more for gifts-well 2 gifts and 1 in case I lose mine.)This knife is simply an exquisite piece of craftsmanship. The liner lock is spot-on. About 40%. NO movement back and forth or front to back. As solid as a fixed blade, full tang knife. Not bad for a folder! Opening and closing even sounds precise. (I am something of a newbie to knives courtesy of a knife collector friend of mine, but the quality of this knife is obvious.) I can’t buy every knife, but this is certainly enough.Sharpness: Superb and scary.The Emerson Wave feature works so well, the first time I removed it from my pocket it opened naturally without any effort OR thought on my part. I was surprised and a bit scary, but uneventful as the blade opens away from fingers and toward your back. It was incredibly effortless. A great design. The Wave WORKS! (I had sharpened and tuned (replaced a missing washer which he lost) my brother-in-law’s Emerson 8…something with the Wave feature and it seemed “gimmicky.” It is NOT.)So, the stiff detent. It is stiffer than the few knives my newbie hands have handled. Mostly, I open really sharp knives with both hands as it is safer, so the stiffer detent is no issue, but it is NO issue if you use the Emerson Wave feature, I did not notice the detent stiffness. Detent stiffness is no issue for me. Something of a safety issue.I am done looking for a folding locking knife. This ZT knife is simply superb.Me, an Eagle Scout, Philmont Ranger, and father of 3 Eagle Scouts.I know something of backcountry.