Pros: Finish, Overall Quality, None
Cons: Sheath/Scabbard, Blade Sharpness, Overall Quality
It's a mixed bag.
In a rare splurge I just picked one of these up for myself. I had admired the single piece, hollow handle design since the 90's when Chris Reeve was making them. I even owned one for a short while, but it was just too much knife for my purposes. I traded it off with intentions of finding a smaller one, got sidetracked, looked it up a decade or so later to see the price had become astronomical due to them being discontinued and collectors value increased. When I saw the MT ADO, all my dreams of the perfect knife from way back then were realized. I had to have it. My intention is to use this knife as a daily carry piece, and an occasional day hiking knife. It's a single milled piece of stainless steel. Not only is it hell bent for stout, it's just plain cool. The hollow handle is neat, although I'm not sure what to store in it. fish line? ferro rod? It is well sealed, so...maybe bug dope with 100 percent Deet for the Alaska summers? The handle is reasonably comfortable in all grips, and I like how narrow the blade is from edge to spine. Whatever else can be said about Microtech, the fit and finish is top notch, as usual from them. What I DON'T like? One piece "stainless steel" Is it Elmax? 154CM? 440A? some rarely known alpha numeric soup combination steel? Only Microtech knows...we'll just have to take their word that it's good...whatever it is... If I had seen the literature that explicitly stated that the warranty would be voided if it were sharpened by anyone else by Microtech or a Microtech Armorer I would have dropped it like a red hot chunk of steel and walked away. After researching the topic a bit, it seems that the statement is more of a CYA on Microtech's behalf, but...if they truly think that poorly of the end consumer, perhaps they should go into the Nerf toy business rather than selling us sharp things. This irritation was exacerbated by the fact that the edge was well polished but unacceptably dull as it came out of the box. Additionally, the entire factory bevels were significantly off. As soon as I voided my warranty by sharpening my knife to a more useful degree of sharpness I was much happier. Lots of people are very impressed by the sheath. While I must concede that it does have excellent retention, it also has it's quirks. With the tanto and drop point models, the sheath is single directional with regards to how you can re-sheath your blade. As much as anything, the sheath is just flat ugly and looks like some crap-tastic flea market fantasy knife sheath. Though I've heard it's a huge step up from the previous sheath that was some kind of Maxpedition baggie? Thankfully, I know a skilled kydex bender to help rectify that problem for me. At the end of the day, I'm THRILLED to see the awesome Chris Reeve one piece design style available through a US company. I just wish the edge geometry and final sharpening was better, and that Microtech was less.....prickly with regards to their stated customer service policies. It's often considered a CYA thing on MT's behalf, but they've had many years to walk that statement back, or clarify it and they have chosen not to. I'm usually proud to spend the extra money to buy American. In this case, I almost think I'd have felt better buying a one piece design from a foreign company that shan't be named in this review, or just not purchased it at all. I doubt I'll ever get my money back out of it, so I intend to carry and use it often in hopes that it will eventually grow on me, but as of now this knife already has already lost alot of ground with regards to my perception.