Pros: Blade Sharpness, Lock Type, Handle Material, Overall Quality, Pocket Clip, Ease of Opening, Handle Feel, Weight, Lock Ease of Use, Blade Material
Now THIS is a Knife!
I often need a knife at work, and the law says it can't exceed 3". I open lots of boxes and cut lots of wrapping and straps. I have a few Kershaws and a lot of other knives, I love them but the Leek is the only one I can bring. The blade lock is annoying, otherwise it is a terriffic knife, I even managed to cut the side of my thumb off with it once. I saw an ad for the X1, and from experience with a SIG/Hogue knife I have, I decided to order one. Most of my knives are black or silver, so I decided to order the FDE version. I have whined about the packaging of other knives, but this time I was pleasantly surprised, you get an instruction leaflet, a Hogue sticker, and a case for the knife! yeah the box is cheesy but what isn't these days. The case is zippered with a loop and generous padding. Now the X1 - I love it. Haven't been this happy since I got an EK Fighting Knife for Desert Storm. This little guy is perfect for flying under the radar on length, with enough military feel to bring a smile. Great grip albeit aluminum, terriffic serrations on the top side so your hand won't slip, and the flipper comes out far enough to stop on the other side. I was not able to pull out the blade without using the flipper, and the blade comes out with almost as much force as the Leek. The lock button pops into place nicely, and holds the blade solid. No liner lock, you push the button to retun the blade to safe. This is as colse to perfection as a knife can get, and is well worth the price. The FDE is more expensive, but I like the Cerakoted blade. WIN!