Pros: Pocket Clip, Blade Material, Handle Feel, Weight, Overall Quality, Handle Material, Blade Sharpness
Beautiful, exacting precision, extreme lightweight, fine materials.
This is a small gentleman's pocket knife, frame-locking, with a pocket clip. The blade is 2.75 inches long. The pocket clip provides strong retention, and is elegantly designed so that it looks like a fine ink writing pen. It is as light as a fancy metal pen as well, which means that it can be worn in a shirt pocket or as a tie clip without drawing attention. The knife is not tactical looking, or aggressive, so it won't scare people if you pull it out of your pocket in an office setting or public place. And you can get it with your choice of exotic handle scale overlay to highlight the fact that it isn't your average knife. The blade stays closed well, there is no wiggle or play in the blade when locked in place. This is a two-handed opening knife. It is possible to open one handed, but it is definitely not designed for that, and for the small size and intended purpose of the knife why would you care? It has early lock-up (new), and the lock is solid, so there should be no problem with use and wear. When closed the blade is centered perfectly. I can't speak well enough about the precision of manufacturing. Everything on this knife is exact to a fraction of a micron. All surfaces are impeccably finished, and symmetry and curves are both exact and pleasing. You need a jeweler's eye loop to truly appreciate the machining quality. It looks more organic than mechanical. Unless you are wealthy enough to light your cigars with hundreds, you aren't going to want to use this knife for screws or to pry things. But for any proper use of a very sharp and relatively delicate blade, it is a brilliant tool that fills you with appreciation for artistic metalworking. Except for the beauty of the exotic wood handle overlays, the knife is extremely strong and rugged and I would say that for it's size would be much tougher than a similar sized Kershaw, Gerber, or Buck knife that weighs twice as much. But given it's price and beauty, you won't want to abuse it.