Pros: Handle Material, Blade Material, Handle Feel, Weight, Overall Quality, Ease of Opening, Blade Sharpness
First off this is my first real Bali, I had a ccc one when I was a kid but never flipped it nor understood a purpose for them. Now years later I see all the cool stuff people could do with them and I decided I wanted one but not a cheapo. I'm already a pretty big knife guy so I knew how pricey pocket knives can be, but everything I read was that if you weren't spending $200 or more it probably was crap. So I heard from some videos about the Bradley Kimura and how bear and son ruined them and how bear and son/ops was just not worth it in general. So I look into the Brs balis and of course after 6 months still haven't seen one in stock but I check frequently and saw this bear ops vii under new arrivals and thought I would try it. I was so blown away with how fun it is to just open and close and mess with it, then I was hooked and decided too find an Eos serpent online and got the antique green one less than a week later. I really like the eos but I can say I like this as much or better for about $60-80 less! I knew the bear ops would feel different since it was on bearings but OMG it's a big one! But since it is bear and son there is two slight cons with the knife. 1) My particular one had a tiny flake of the black coating missing in one of the angle divets on the handle, but since its tumbled and I'm going to carry it, I said it was fine and not worth an exchange. 2) This is a little tougher and the main reason it only gets 4 stars is that the latch can hit the blade. It may be able to be removed but I haven't completely disassembled the Bali yet, so I have a rubber band holding the latch straight. But I still think that it's one of the smoothest ones for that price and bear ops deserves a win on this one!