Pros: Lock Type, Pocket Clip, Blade Sharpness, Blade Material, Handle Material, Handle Feel, Weight, Ease of Opening, Overall Quality
Cons: Lock Ease of Use, None
Usual Spyderco Excellence
Michael Janich has a very interesting video on YouTube about how he designed this knife for self defense, but since I don't know squat about knife fighting I'll review this as an EDC, a role that it absolutely excels in. The straight edge wharncliffe blade is a cardboard box's worst nightmare, allowing for a very deep, strong controlled cut all the way out to the very tip. The ergonomic handle made of Spyderco's perfectly textured G10 make this a truly "natural extension of the hand" as the description says. My only gripe would be that the compression lock was so stiff and difficult to operate at first that it was almost funny. It's since worn in some and has become easier to disengage, but it's still incredibly strong, allowing for absolutely no wobble/play once the blade is open. So, still an easy 5/5. To Josh a few reviews down... there's things called wire cutters. Maybe you should get some.