Pros: Overall Quality, Blade Sharpness, Ease of Opening, Lock Ease of Use, Blade Material, None
Great EDC blade
This has become my favorite knife due to it's fast and smooth deployment, great looks, and solid 154CM blade steel. You can use either the ambidextrous thumb studs or the ramped back of the blade to flip it open in an instant. This is my first AXIS knife, and I am very impressed by how easy it is to open and close with one hand. The black/blue scalloped G10 handles look good and give your hand a good, but not great grip on the knife, which is a minor gripe considering the outstanding finger choils and ramped gimping. It sits fairly deep in a pocket, and the distance between the top of the clip and the contact point on the handle is assurance that this knife won't just pop out of your pocket when you sit down. Also, the open frame design assures you won't have a buildup of gunk in your knife like a back lock design (which I am a fan of). Those of you looking for a sheath option are on your own, but most should be satisfied with just sliding it in a pocket and letting the clip do its job. Some might be put off by the relatively heavy 4.85 oz weight, but it doesn't bother me at all. I like a knife with some mass, and the thick skeletonized liners do just that. Speaking of thick, the 1/8" 154CM blade is plenty strong, and the 3" long blade has plenty of width for those who shun a slender blade like the SOG Twitch. This blade is also shaving sharp right out of the box (like all knives should be), so you won't be disappointed by having to put an edge on it yourself.