Pros: Handle Material, Blade Material, Lock Ease of Use, Handle Feel, Ease of Opening, None
Cons: Weight, Pocket Clip
Looks great, but stag is a drag
Pick this knife up to add to the EDC collection, also because I loved the stag look and solid appearance as a folder. Am a long time fan of CRKT. The good: the look is everything I could have asked for, beautiful; assist works great; lock works great; hand feel is excellent (though a little heavier than most of my EDC). It's a tough knife. The bad: the clip, here's why, obviously the stag handle is going to have irregularities, but the handle IS carved out a bit under the clip to afford AN ATTEMPT to clip it. However, they left tiny protrusions right around the clip opening. Besides being a stiff clip, there is no way it will not "grab" jeans material and refuse to slide in (and if I ever got it clipped I'm sure I'd never get it out). I went through the reviews again and noticed what my eyes didn't see the first time, several references of using the knife as a pocket knife or in a gear bag/backpack. To me the knife is heavy and bulky enough that I don't want it as a pocket knife, that's why I got it with a clip. So, I like the knife, but probably need to take off the clip and Dremel down the burrs. It's just odd because, like I said, CRKT had already obviously carved out a recess for the clip, they just left these obstructive burrs right under the stiff end of the clip. I did call Knife Center, but obviously they are not going to look for a different replacement with these specifics (not unreasonable), so I'm left to making the fix myself. Overall, I'd give the knife itself a 4 for quality and look, but I'm choosing a 2, because without the clip ready (out of the box), the functionality of a clip knife is significantly lacking.