Pros: Blade Material, Handle Feel, Blade Sharpness, None
Cons: Lock Type, Lock Ease of Use, Weight, Ease of Opening, Overall Quality
Excellent blade, poor finish, other issues ...
The S30V blade is excellent and came sharp. Rest of the knife, not so much. The G-10 scales had milling shavings in the grooves. The blade was not centered. Tightening the pivot did not correct the problem. Also, after you take of the scales off, the knife is held together with pins, not Torx screws. Therefore, you cannot take the knife apart. I did manage to swap out one side of the washer with thicker one to correct the blade misalignment. Flipper action is sluggish, requiring wrist action to open it. Thumb hole is small but you can still use it to open the knife one handed. G-10 scales do not line up flush with metal liners and overall finish is mediocre. Very disappointed with this supposedly halo product from Buck with high aspirations using premium S30V steel. The liner lock is alarmingly skinny but that is a problem I've seen on many supposedly stout built Buck knives. Buck needs to step up their game, stop resting on their laurels of past glory and support of the made in the USA homers. USA made Manix 2 with same steel blade blows this knife out of the water with superior fit and finish, better locking mechanism, and better overall design for few dollars more.