Pros: Handle Material, Handle Feel, Blade Sharpness, None
Cons: Lock Ease of Use, Ease of Opening, Overall Quality
The idea of the flipper is a cool one, but not for this knife. The flipper is too short to offer enough leverage to work with any degree of reliability without requiring a lot of effort. The "thumb studs" are merely an external support beam for the blade, and aren't even usable as an opener, since they're too close to the pivot to offer any leverage, especially when working against the safety feature that locks the blade in the closed position until opened with sufficient force. Finally, the liner-lock is way too thin. As with most too-thin liner-locks, if the knife is opened too forcefully, assisted by the flick of the wrist, for example, the liner will travel too far, going past the blade and getting stuck. Sometimes getting this un-stuck requires a simple pry with another blade, sometimes it requires taking the knife apart and putting it back together. On the plus side, the blade comes nice and sharp, the handle has a decent feel whether held edge-out or edge-in, and the flipper is pretty fun when it actually works properly. The AUTOLAWKS is a little cool for some applications... but i could take it or leave it. All in all, I actually like the design of this knife, but it needs some serious beefing-up and a few adjustments. I would not buy this knife again, but perhaps a bigger and more expensive model would be better.