Pros: Pocket Clip, Overall Quality, Handle Material, Handle Feel, Weight, Ease of Opening, Blade Sharpness
Cons: Blade Material, Lock Type, Lock Ease of Use, None
One year down... Many more to go!
I wrote an initial, out-of-the-box review about a year and a half ago on this folder. I'm back to give some more insight after a little more than a year of carrying it. On that, wherever I've been allowed to carry it, I have. It has been my EDC blade since I've acquired it. The knife doesn't sit very low in the pocket (it actually sticks out a bit), but it is comfortable to carry. That being said, pocket clips are extremely strong, and practically never catch on anything. Versatility and ability to handle a variety of tasks is good, everything from cutting open boxes and processing food, to knife fighting and minor bushcraft chores. The weight does give it some more capability, but some shorter or smaller individuals may find it to be too big. Sharpness wasn't a problem until I did sharpen it... the "razor" style grind (very steep on one side, very shallow on the other) makes it a little difficult to sharpen. However, it still can be kept to a "sharp enough" edge. Serrations are excellent, the best I've ever seen on a folding knife; still sharp after a year of hard use. Blade material allows for some rusting to occur, at least in my environment, so keep clean and oiled. After a break-in period, no more blade-lock hang ups, the AutoLAWKS system is one that I like, and I recommend that other knife makers put on their folders. Like all dangerous things, it takes practice to learn, but it is no slower than any other liner lock after said practice. Carson Flipper opening devices allow for multiple ways of opening the knife in hand, out-of-pocket, or even upside down in hand. Handle will take some scaring (if you care about its appearance) but those are just badges of honor on a knife, right? IN SUMMARY, I would (and have) trust my life to this folder. Are there more expensive, more high quality knives out there? Yes. Does this knife need some TLC and practice? Yes. But FOR THE MONEY, I can't think of a better tactical folder. An all around good, cheap and very usable buy for the civilian sheepdog, LEO or Military member.