Pros: Blade Sharpness, Handle Material, Handle Feel, Overall Quality
Cons: Ease of Opening, None
Feels like a fixed blade.
I have three assisted opening blades. Kershaw Blur, SOG trident, and now the Ontario model 1-a. Without question, the Ontario feels better in the hand than the other two. Unusually long handle gives the knife a feel of a fixed blade. The handle shape with finger choil gives a very secure grip without fear of your hand sliding up on the blade. Allows different grip techniques. G-10 handles are very grippy and, solid. Could be a bit abrasive on pockets, but that could likely be remedied with lightly sanding scales. Bigger than what I like for an EDC, but I am sure others will appreciate the slim design and relatively light weight if one desires an EDC of this size. This will be my outdoor companion along with the Ontario Night Stalker 4 fixed blade. I feel I could filet with it, do more detailed wood working, and IMHO it would be a nice tactical blade as well. Unique blade positioning in relation to the center axis of handle creates a nice thumb ramp as well as a unique feel when working with the blade.. Initial impressions are all positive with the exception of the ease of opening, which is apparently a bit counter intuitive. Between my three assisted openers, this is by far the most difficult to open. Something about the geometry of the opening arc and the thumbstud require a little practice. Once you figure it out it's no problem, but at least initially it's different. Looking forward to getting to know it much better. Very happy with this purchase from KnifeCenter. Great deal, even better value.