Pros: Lock Type, Ease of Opening, Blade Material, Lock Ease of Use, Handle Material, None
Cons: Pocket Clip, Weight, Handle Feel
Got one in black g-10 2 weeks ago for $79.95. Usually carry Emerson CQC-15The good:Cost: Spark-tested the liner, and it's probably titanium. G-10 scales. CPM S35VN blade. It's a lot of high-end material for 80 bucks.Design: This thing is extremely overbuilt. Liner is joined via 6 screws when 4 would do. Thick liners, spacer, and blade.Execution: Edge came in at about 27 degrees. Lock up and ceramic detent are perfect. Point aligns almost dead center to the liner and lock when closed. No play, no rattle. Steel type and logo are deeply laser-cut into the blade, not onto it, which is the way to do it.Use: Held an edge very well. Minor rolls and bright spots after a light whittling session that were mostly restored by some earnest stropping. Hit it today with the lansky sharpening system, and after working in a suitable angle a bit with the extra coarse stone, it took a scary, mirror polish edge after the sapphire stone and leather strop. I believe this steel to be the genuine article.The bad:Design: This thing is way too big and heavy. Not something I would normally carry everyday, but my other knife isn't feeling well. Sharp angles and aggressive checkered g-10 handles make this thing very difficult to remove and deploy quickly from the pocket. The way to carry this is side-pocket, tip-up. Tip-down just doesn't work here, which took some getting used to for me. Pocket clip is anemic. My least favorite thing about this knife is the stupid proprietary pivot screw. I don't know, maybe a drill chuck will work.Comes with a digital camo pouch inside a pretty box.Execution: Angle was inconsistently ground somewhat toward the choil, and the tip isn't quite even. No big deal. Comes out of the box fairly dull, but sharpened up very well.Use: Not that this is it's intended purpose, but hacking and slashing stuff all day with this thing will get old fast. It's not very comfortable in the hand, but it sure is grippy. After some practice, I can now flick it out from my right pocket and put it back pretty quickly, but it's chewing up my levis.