Pros: Blade Sharpness, Lock Type, Handle Material, Overall Quality, Pocket Clip, Ease of Opening, Handle Feel, Weight, Lock Ease of Use, Blade Material
Excellent folder for personal protection
To begin with, I teach knife tactic along with other disciplines. One of the first things I look for at in a folding knife intended for personal protection is the lock and pommel (the backend of the handle). Also I have the black on black version currently. In a self-defense situation, the chances are rather low you will be able to open any folder under duress, which means that your choice in folders should be capable of being used as an impact tool. This folder has a nice point at the pommel, which can serve well for impact usage. Concerning the lock, the Axis lock is one of the best locks on the market for easy of opening and closing. Every folder I purchase goes thru a test that I do not suggest you try at home. I take the folder, open it, grip the folder in a fashion that the blade cannot harm me and slap the non-sharp edge onto the edge of a hard wooden table several times. I expect the knife not too close and if the knife closes, would second twice about using it for personal protection. This folder passes this test with flying colors. From an esthetic standpoint, the folder is very appealing to the eyes. Concerning sharpness, this folder is extremely sharp and the Persian style blade flows well in the hand. Vertical play? To be perfectly there is no vertical play in my current one and just double checked to make sure.