Pros: Handle Material, Handle Feel, Lock Type, Blade Material, Ease of Opening, Weight, Lock Ease of Use, Overall Quality
Cons: Handle Feel, None
Very nice knife.
First I'd like to say, Rest in Peace to Harold "Kit" Carson who designed this knife and many other great knives including my favorite fixed blade of all, the Intrepid. I recently bought this knife and an M16-14T (Titanium), I love the flipper action on these knives, the blade steel is fine, AUS 8 is a good steel (most Spyderco's in the 1990's eary 2000's were AUS 8 bladed knives), do not let "steel snobs" tell you differently, if you treat this knife like a knife and do not pry or screw with it the edge should last you a while, besides AUS 8 is sort of easy to sharpen. CRKT Taiwan produces very high quality knives, The handles on this model are a bit slippery and need some more texture, the anodizized finish is perfect. The blade is extremely sharp, ths blade finish is nicely done. A few cons though: The slickness of the handles, and the knurling on the piviot screw tears up my hand when I reach into the pocket that I keep the knife in. I mainly purchased the two knives as EDC's I wanted the Ti for dress occasions and the Desert for knocking around and as a defense knife in the city and the trails. This is a folder you cannot go wrong with, do not be fooled by the name, the place of manufacture or the price.