Pros: Blade Sharpness, Lock Type, Handle Material, Overall Quality, Pocket Clip, Ease of Opening, Handle Feel, Weight, Lock Ease of Use, Blade Material
Spyderco Military 4" S30V Satin Blade, black G-10
A favorite knife! Highly recommend! Super sharp! It’s too large for EDC in lighter summer clothing, not really a problem in heavier jeans, perfect size for a jacket pocket (that said, with the liner-lock there’s no back to the knife so expect lint and dirt to accumulate between the scales with loose-pocket carry). The pocket clip is nice and deep and the G-10 is nice and grippy! The Military is my second S30V blade and I love this steel; it takes an edge easily and holds it well through a lot of use. It also has some serious heft for a folding knife! I’ve taken it backpacking, shaved tinder and chopped through 1.5” branches for firewood with ease, lopped off some long green branches and whittled cooking skewers, cut some rope and then thin-sliced some fruit! The edge was still sharp enough to sink right into my skin with little pressure. This is a knife so sharp it can cut you deeply before you will feel it so even those experienced with knives should respect it and be careful handling. Most knives will never be used as a weapon but in extreme need for self-defense this is one that one I would feel extremely confident having in hand; it has a wicked point for stabbing cuts, will tear through just about anything and has enough mass to get right down to and through bone. A non-determined attacker will probably run just at the brandishing of this knife. The above qualities also make it a great hunting and field knife. I prefer it over some fixed blades, and it’s compact to carry. Having said all of this because it’s so nice I find myself taking it with me more for certain special or specific occasions rather than for EDC. I tend to reach for cheaper blades, especially if I know I’m going to work them, because I want to keep my Military looking nice. If you consider this to be an expensive knife you will probably feel this way too. It can do everything you want it to but you won’t want it to. If money is no object it’s a great daily working knife that will do all you ask of it while still looking badass!