Pros: Handle Material, Handle Feel, Ease of Opening, Lock Type, Weight, Lock Ease of Use, None
Cons: Overall Quality, Pocket Clip
Very nice, but not perfect
I bought the Bear Ops MC-100 when TKC was running an additional 15% off sale. I had to admit the price was right for a US made folder so I decided to give the Bear Ops a shot as a reasonably priced replacement for my 12 year old Emerson CQC-7 which had been wrongfully confiscated a couple weeks ago. The Knife Center shipped quick and I received the knife within 24 hours of placing my order. Pulling the knife from the box the first thing you notice is the handles, the handle and heft of the knife is very good. The handles are well formed and well polished. The handle is not overly bulky as some are and allows you to get into your pocket easily even with the knife clipped in place. Opening the blade is smooth with a solid click as the lock snicks into place. The satin finish on the blade is nice with a hand crafted look to it. Different than other satin blades I've owned by some of the bigger brands. Out of the box the blade is razor sharp and has a nice feel to it. Closing the blade I noticed a slight gritty feel as it rotated back fully into the handle. This was caused by one of the handle screws protruding a bit into the area where the blade is covered by the handle. The screw in question meets and slides along the haft of the blade, not any of the sharpened portions. I don't see this as an issue long term, through use the screw will wear down. The only real complaint I have about the knife is the pocket clip. The knife is designed for tip down carry with no option for changing the carry configuration. Not a shock as that wasn't offered as an option when I purchased the knife. The clip is strong, like crazy strong. The knife is difficult to get clipped onto the pocket of my jeans and has significant resistance when drawn. Working with the clip a bit, basically prying at it with a butter knife I was able to loosen it slightly but I still find it difficult to get back clipped to my pocket after drawing the knife. To Bear Ops credit, I assume that the clip is so strong because the knife is a tactical folder and is really designed to be clipped to some PALs webbing on a vest. This is one of the few knives I own that I would feel totally comfortable with leaving clipped to my body armor and not being worried about losing the knife. Overall, I'm not sure if this will end up being my new EDC blade or not. It's a really nice, well made, pretty knife with a great blade. I'm calling over all quality a con because of the screw that protrudes through the handle into the blade storage area.