Pros: Ease of Opening, Handle Material, Handle Feel, Weight, Pocket Clip, Lock Ease of Use, Overall Quality
Great knife, except for the stupid blade geometry
I have two of these, the titanium frame lock and the G10 liner lock. My preference is the G10 liner lock because the numerous holes in the elegant titanium frame lock are a PITA to clean in the field after food prep tasks, and liner lock is easier for use in your left hand. Ignore reviews that claim the flipper is too small, I wear large size riggers gloves and can deploy the flipper with either hand very, very comfotably using my finger. My direct experience leaves me completely dismissive of claims that the flipper is too small, i'm calling that BS. Regardless, once the mech is worked in you can deploy using inertia and a flick of the wrist without using the flipper. The Handle gives me a full 4 finger grip and the hand position is choked right up near the heel of the cutting edge because of the excellent design arrangement. I love this knife. So... why the poor score. It's the stupid, stupid geometry of the narrow blade. Why would anyone make such a narrow blade with a hollow grind? Even dumber, a hollow grind extends only 3/4 of the height (15mm) of this narrow blade. With a full flat grind this knife would be a work of art. BUT the hollow grind ruins this for slicing. Such a shame, in every other way this knife is brilliant. I will carefully regrind the blade on the G10 to a drop point with the tip on the centre line of the blade and a full flat grind - or as close to it as possible. That should give me an open frame/easily cleaned folder that works as a paring knife and as a small game knife - as a lightweight flipper alternative to the stainless Mercator K55K lock-back that I currently use for field dressing rabbits and fallow deer.