Pros: Blade Sharpness, Lock Type, Handle Material, Overall Quality, Pocket Clip, Ease of Opening, Handle Feel, Weight, Lock Ease of Use, Blade Material
Great value for the price
Schrade is an often overlooked brand in the knife community, particularly among price snobs or people suckered in by marketing hype, but recent releases by Taylor Brands under the Schrade name have been very sturdy and versatile performers. Despite this knife's underwhelming name, it packs an impressive, heavy-duty blade made of quality steel, well-tempered, and honed to a hair-splitting edge. The 9Cr18MoV steel is made in China and gets undue prejudice from Sinophobes, but it also takes and holds a fine, stable edge as well as other premium steels costing five times the price. The frame lock is tough, the contact surfaces machined to connect at the perfect angle for a really tight lock-up (CRKT could learn something here). With absolutely no wiggle in the blade, the lock simply has no room to fail. Everything about this knife is big: The pocket clip is thick and broad, the handle is nearly a hand-and-a-half long, and even the spacers are machined to show off their size. And if it wasn't for the polymer portion of the handle, the whole package would be almost too heavy to carry EDC. But it is the price that stands out. Functionally, this knife is an equal to knives many times the price. But the Schrade name isn't a status symbol. Not yet.