Pros: Blade Sharpness, Handle Material, Overall Quality, Pocket Clip, Ease of Opening, Lock Type, Handle Feel, Weight, Lock Ease of Use, Blade Material
Cons: Pocket Clip, None
First of all, this is a great, well thought out and expertly finished knife. I am a baker by trade and I carry and use the knife on a daily basis to open boxes and bags of flour during work hours and to open beer bottles (back side of blade) after hours. The knife was shaving sharp out of the box and had a smooth but stiff action, without taking the knife apart or adjusting the pivot screw, the knife broke in nicely after three weeks of carry. The carbon fiber scales are a thing of beauty and I was really taken back the first time I took it out of the bubble wrap. The pictures really do not do this knife justice. The carbon fiber also has a nice feel to it and is slightly grippy. If you want to go around stabbing things, then there is probably a handle material that will be grippier but for every day use I find the traction perfect. The lock up on the knife is solid and has not play either side to side or up and down. There is a solid "clack" when it opens and locks and another, more subtle "clack" when closing. Some reviewers mentioned the sharp edges on the blade, I actually like them. As someone who likes quality, the sharp corners show how precisely the blade was ground and the quality of the tooling that Spyderco used at the Taichung Taiwan plant (Yes it is made in Taiwan but I don't mind, the quality is top notch). Yes It will scratch up your finger nail while opening but unless you are going to be opening it 500 times a day, its no big deal. I find it funny about how some people want the knife to chop through logs and be taken into a "tactical" combat situation but at the same time complain that the corner of the spyderhole hurts their finger, common people, grow some hair you know where. The sharp spine can throw sparks from a ferro rod, a plus in my book. A few reviews down "David" mentioned that the liners were thin and he wouldn't use it for anything more than opening envelopes, while the knife does open envelopes superbly, this knife can do so much more. There is a YouTube review from a guy that goes by SpartanJohns who at the beginning of his review does a feather stick with super thin shavings. I for one, will have no troubles relying on this knife to do many more tasks other than opening envelopes. Maybe "David" likes to hack through cinder blocks and pry open gun safes on a daily basis, in that case, I guess only an 20oz "overbuilt" folding bowie will suffice for "David". Some people like the pocket clip, some don't, I am on the fence. Its a nice pocket clip and seems strong, I don't see it bending anytime soon. It also sits nice and deep in the pocket. My only complaint is that there is some side play when opening and closing the knife, if that is where your finger likes to land while doing that. I have been trying to grab the top of the scale next to the blade but my fingers still end up landing on the clip half the time. This has not resulted in the clip bending in any way but it may wear on the carbon fiber after time, more so if you decide on the Sage 2 with titanium handles. This was my first Spyderco and it will not be my last. I dont think anyone with with reasonable to high expectations will be disappointed with this knife.