Pros: Blade Material, Blade Sharpness, Handle Material, Handle Feel, Pocket Clip, None
Cons: Ease of Opening
Decent quality, nice materials...Good deal when on sale
I really vacillated between giving this knife 3 or 4 stars. I went with 4 due to the value it provides as a Ti frame, S35VN blade knife. First the bad, when I first got the knife I was 90% sure it was being returned. The knife ships with a little tool and a set of extra frame and pivot screws, nice! But in my case they were obviously for a different knife...not nice. Second and most irritatingly, there was a heavy gritty feeling originating between the frame detent ball and the blade...I had to take a close look to make sure the detent wasn't actually a sharpened spike wrapped in sandpaper. The blade was well lubed but I cleaned and added a drop of oil direct on the detent and still after a few cycles it would be gritty again. The good news, over two days of heavy fidgeting that grittiness has gone away completely. Opening and closing is actually very, very smooth now. The last bit of bad is the frame lock. The frame is so narrow in depth that it is sometimes difficult to keep pressure off the lockbar when opening. Depending on how it's held and size of hands your mileage may vary. I have small hands and opening left handed (I am right handed) is near impossible to do smoothly with out hand contortion. Right handed flipping avoids most of this issue but it still catches me once in awhile where a finger is resting on the lock bar when trying to flip and it fails to fully open. So that is the negative. The positive is that the build quality is decent, it has a well anodized Ti Frame, and a nice thin, sharp well ground, flat grind S35VN blade. I cannot comment yet on edge retention or if it behaves like typical S35VN as it is too new. The knife is very comfortable for me with no hot spots and a pocket clip that disappears in hand. For premium materials and pretty good production quality, I can forgive the initial grittiness and the wrong accessories (I am sure I was just unlucky on that last point). I am a little less forgiving of the lock bar design...but for the price it is a good deal, especially if you can get it on sale at or under $100.00!