Pros: Blade Material, Handle Feel, Lock Type, Overall Quality, Handle Material, Weight, Lock Ease of Use, Blade Sharpness
Cons: Pocket Clip, None
Is what it is.
I can't believe how some will compalin about a folder that cost $20,yet they will spend $75 on a folder that has similiar materials,similiar fit and finish,and similiar steel,and brag about how "wicked"sharp,strong,and impressive it is.For those who dont know:8cr14mov is comparable to Aus8.It actually specs out BETTER than Aus8.The Hammond Cruiser has an Msrp of $70.But you can get them for $20.And for that $20 you get a 3.75 inch Shaving sharp clip point blade.Good,not great fit and finish.A strong lockup.It has a linerlock and also the Lawks system.It is plenty strong enough.Blade centering on mine was spot on.Zero blade play.The handle is perfect.It's a handful.The honeycomb texture gives a good grip.This knife feels natural in your hand.It's outstanding in forward and reverse grip.Although this is a large folder,it has a thin profile and actually doesn't take up nearly the space in your pocket that you think it would.The only negatives were:Thumbstuds.There hard to get ahold of.They are placed in a bad spot,and should have been placed a few cm. up on the handle.I took mine off,and just use the flipper.The flipper works fine,though not as smooth as a Ripple,because of the large,heavier blade.Also the pocket clip will grab your pants.It has a spoon shape,and is tight.It's NOTHING like a Cold Steel pocket clip though.Overall,for $20 what more do you expect? I am very satisfied.I spent $73 dollars on a folder that has a Huge fan base,and the knife came with alot of HYPE,and ridiculous claims,and when i finally used the knife,i was not impressed one bit.It was said to have a shaving edge,and GREAT edge retention,and while it did come shaving,the edge dulled VERY quickly,and cant keep half the edge the brand claims it could.The f/f was NOT as advertised either.Now THAT is "average" to me.Not spending a mere $20 on a folder,and expecting it to be a world beater.BTW,the ONLY other brand out there that has a folder that cost UNDER $20 that can compare to the HC is the Kabar Dozier designed folder.