Pros: Blade Sharpness, Handle Material, Handle Feel, Overall Quality, Pocket Clip, Ease of Opening, Weight, Lock Ease of Use, Blade Material
I took a chance figuring I’d gift it to somebody if I didn’t like it. Well I DO like it. Very much! Nothing wrong with D2 bladesteel, classic & effective. Knife has a clean look, Persian style upswept blade came hair popping sharp, edge bevels are even & precise and the surface of the blade free of blemishes. This is at least on par with WE’s great Civivi budget line, which themselves are surprisingly awesome and inexpensive with great fit & finish. Flipping action on the CJRB Gobi is sweet, the liner detent is tuned nicely so the flipper feels crisp, smooth & snappy. When closing, the liner makes a clean ‘thunk’ sound as the little ball mates up with the blade’s detent. Very precise! The jade G10 was the tipping point, why I really bought it, the orange aluminum accents are very nicely done. The clip is nothing special but works just as it is supposed to. Overall construction feels much better than 90% of knives from the also acronym-heavy classic brand CRKT. On that note, CJRB probably doesn’t stand for anything, maybe they were thinking it would remind people of CRKT? Either way, this little CJRB is constructed with precision that we would have only seen in a $70 or $80 knife, just a dozen years ago. I love to ‘buy American’ and a large portion of my knife collection is, but with so many imported gems like this knife and many other new companies, it’s hard not to want to try out a bunch of CJRB’s wares.