Pros: Blade Sharpness, Lock Type, Handle Material, Overall Quality, Pocket Clip, Ease of Opening, Handle Feel, Weight, Lock Ease of Use, Blade Material
Far better than you might expect
I purchased the mirror-polished model of this knife a while back with a gift certificate from another vendor, and after giving it some trial time as a versatile EDC (nice enough for dressy occasions, strong enough for most other uses), I am VERY IMPRESSED, far moreso than I had expected even after reading a dozen glowing reviews. Mechanically, this knife is exceptional. Despite the numerous complaints about the flipper size, I have found that even a little practice or familiarity with flipper folders preludes any problems. The supposedly sticky frame lock actually frees up noticeably after a day or two of use, but still provides a tight, secure and wiggle-free hold on the blade. Speaking of the blade, it is excellent in all performance aspects. The VG-10 steel is able to take and hold a fantastically sharp and stable edge, even when compared to other VG-10 knives. Like many buyers here, I was skeptical of the Chinese make of this knife, but it shows none of the quality problems I have seen in other older knives made in China. The titanium frame provides a solid lock-up, and the skeletonized design makes the knife seemingly weightless. Along with the low-ride clip, this knife ends up being one of the least intrusive and troublesome knives to carry in any kind of pocket. So many aspects of this knife greatly exceed expectations for a knife in this price range, and although I rarely gush about knives, the Urban Trapper has earned every compliment. I even bought a second piece--the black blade version--because the design is just that good. I have bought a second of the same model less than three times in over 25 years of carrying and collecting, but I have no doubt I will not regret owning a second Urban Trapper. Thank you for reading this review, and I hope you choose to invest in this excellent tool.