Pros: Blade Sharpness, Ease of Opening, Overall Quality, Lock Ease of Use, Lock Type, Weight, Handle Material, Sheath, Handle Feel, Blade Material
Cons: Pocket Clip, Lock Type, None
Excellent steel, excellent fit and finish
I received this as a gift. The more I learned about it, the better it seems. On the surface, it looks like a regular old lockback with nice wood handle scales. The lock is positioned in a good place, not too far up or too far down the spine. It's solid without being too heavy and has no play, and it locks rigid. The hand finishing shows in the perfect adjustment of the locking mechanism. The overall fit and finish of the knife show a clear attention to detail. In terms of quality, it's one of the best production knives I own, top notch.The big draw is the sintered powder steel blade. I've had it for a year and it's still singing sharp. Admittedly, I've not used it for heavy cutting tasks, but the hard steel holds an edge. The sandwiched steel approach is proven with such hard steels. (If you don't know, hard steels are prone to shattering, so sandwiching it with softer steel gives it more toughness.) I have yet to really put it to the test, but so far, so good. If it weren't such a pretty knife, and a gift, yeah, I'd definitely use it in all kinds of situations. If I have one complaint, it is the traditional lockback design. It's proven, and very rigid, but the cutout at the back of the blade for the lock mechanism is sharp and sticks up a bit. I do catch it periodically. Also, since the blade steel is so hard, I would recommend using Fallkniven's diamond/ceramic sharpener. The diamond cuts fast enough and the ceramic puts a fine, polished edge on very hard steels. I use it on all of my knives with 60+ Rockwell harness.