Pros: Blade Material, Lock Ease of Use, Lock Type, Overall Quality, Handle Material, Weight, Ease of Opening, Blade Sharpness
Cons: Pocket Clip, None
A Near Perfect EDC Companion
This knife really hits it out of the park in just about every area. I will start with the blade. The shape of this blade is very different, but with the tip, and how thin it is, it really is very versatile. I find this knife able to cut and slice anything I ask of it. Did I mention the tip? It is perfect. The steel is also very good. It is not the hardest, but it holds it edge very, very well and takes a mirror edge surprisingly easy. Thumb studs may not be the best, but are usable and don't have to be used to open it, so take them or leave them; they aren't in the way. The flipper is very smooth and launches the speed safe opener perfectly. I will use either the studs or the flipper pretty much based on how I happen to be gripping it. The assisted opening is lightning fast, super smooth, and sends it to a perfect lockup every time. For the handle. It could be grippier, but it is not slippery in anyway. I have never wished for more grip on it. It is contoured well so your hand can really lock down on it. The lock is superb and doesn't allow any play, and I could never imagine its frame lock failing. The handle is also surprisingly scratch resistant. I really did not anticipate that. The lanyard hole is well placed and sized if you use it. The safety is like the thumb studs; take it or leave it. It works well, but is not necessary. Some people take it off, but I just simply tightened it down really tight. This way I can use it if I need it but it could never accidentally engage. I use it only when I do not clip it and drop it into my pocket for ever reason. With a tip up carry it is not necessary to use it as the seam of your pocket really holds it closed. I have never had it open in my pocket, not even slightly and do not see it ever happening. The blade detent is very good. My dad does use the saftey at all times on his. Like I said, Take it or leave it. One thing that surprised me was the blade centering. It does not rub and is not really that close to it, but it is just a frame lock thing so it does not bother me in the slightest. The fit and finish are superb. There is not one flaw or blemish on mine. When it is locked up it really feels strong, and none of the screws have tried backing out at all. Very well assembled and built. Now for the clip. The only reason for a 4 star rating is the clip. It holds well. It looks nice. It doesn't tear your pants, but is still snug. I don't like the positioning. It is too low, and the bottom of the knife is kinda pointy (rounded off) in shape and seems to poke out of the pocket just enough to ruin the perfect rating for me. I don't need a deep clip like the Flash 1, but it sticks out just enough with the wrong shape to not sit in the pocket as well as it should. Really is a shame and the reason that this is not my end all and be all of knives. Overall. Incredible knife that is built to last. Made in USA too which is always a plus for me. I have used the warranty service and they were great, with no hang ups. They even pay return shipping. The price is very good for what you are buying too. It could be a more expensive knife without my opinion changing. If you like a clip that does not sit too low, then this may be perfect for you. I love this knife and carry it very often, and if I can only find one flaw (more preference), then I think thats all about you could ask for.