Pros: Handle Feel, Weight, None
Cons: Overall Quality, Ease of Opening
Nice working knife at a good price
I bought one as soon as I got the KnifeCenter email that these were available. I bought the larger sized 4-5/8" "Farmhand". This is definitely a working knife, not a collector in any shape or form. It has typical Bear & Son quality; that is, a bit "rough around the edges" with definite signs of having been made by the hands of real human beings. This is my 4th Bear & Son knife; they all come with some grinding dust and dirt in the joints, which makes them feel a bit rough. It takes some WD-40, cleaning and then some good oil and a hundred or so openings and closings to get them "bedded in" properly and feeling smoother so they "walk and talk" properly (although they'll never be a high-end Case or Boker). The epoxy in the micarta handles on this one is uneven, giving the handles a used or unfinished look, which was a bit disappointing to me. I suppose it's not a problem for a working knife at this price though. And the blade isn't centered when it's folded, so these details show that it isn't a luxe class knife, to be sure. However, the 4-5/8" length feels really good in the hand, as does the width and shape of the handle. I kind of wish the blade locked, which would be safer for me for this length of knife. Bottom line, it's definitely worth the money, as long as you're not expecting a plush collector-style knife. That it's made in the good ol' U.S. of A. is a bonus at this price!