Pros: Lock Type, Handle Material, Blade Sharpness, Pocket Clip, Ease of Opening, Handle Feel, Weight, Lock Ease of Use, Overall Quality
Cons: Blade Material, None
A Unique and Attractive Addition to my EDC
I pre-ordered this knife and had high expectations for it from the beginning. Ken Onion's Leek and Swindle have been two of my favorite EDCs, but I was looking for something larger that I could use for heavier tasks. The Hootenanny did not disappoint in this regard. For me, this knife hits the sweet spot between a classy EDC and a solid outdoors knife. The blade sweeps upward with ample belly, but the drop point comes to a fine tip that can be used for precision work. It's got jimping all over, including on the blade spine, so I know I can get a good hold on it for whatever the task may be. The knife is a comfortable 5oz, heavy enough to feel in the pocket but without being hefty. I'm a huge fan of the IKBS pivot and frame lock. The blade glides open and locks with no play. The GRN handles have a unique and comfortable feel. This knife is certainly curvy, but I found the curves to improve my handling and use of the knife, rather than creating awkwardness in the grip. I would have preferred a better blade steel, but it's hard to complain at such a great price point. If you're looking for a solid knife with a versatile and innovative style, I'd definitely recommend the Hootenanny.