Pros: Ease of Opening, Pocket Clip, Handle Feel, Weight, Overall Quality, Lock Ease of Use, Blade Sharpness
Tremendous quality at this price point
Yet another example of Kershaw's ability to produce really well made knives for very low prices. Yes, this is not a USA - made Kershaw. If it wasn't for the price and the tiny little word "China" at the very base of the blade, however, you would never know that this was not one of the domestic models. Kershaw is by far the most-represented brand name in my folding knife collection, and this inexpensive model holds its own against many of the USA - made pieces. It's really impressive how quality has been maintained with overseas manufacture. The result is that the Rove is one of the best deals out there at this price point. This knife is slightly larger than some folks will prefer for an EDC, but if you have large hands, you'll love it. I wear XL gloves, and all four fingers wrap around the this grip, instead of my pinky finger hanging off the end of the handle. The weight is pocket friendly comma no doubt get down by the Zytel scales (handle sides). The Kershaw/Ken Onion Speedsafe system works in its usual excellent way; a snappy, positive open with great lockup at the end, but not so violent so that the knife leaps out of your hand. The liner lock engaged securely and is easy to release in the usual manner. The blade shape is very much the same as the blade on my Zero Tolerance 0770cf, a knife selling for over 7 times the price of this one! I've come to really like this shape of blade in an EDC; great slicers, and very good push-cutters, as well (one firm downward push goes right through the thickest part of a corncob with little effort). Also, the stonewash finish will, in my experience with other blades, hide a lot of the little scratches that would otherwise show up as a result of use. This is not the hardest or the most premium steel in the world, but it isn't the kind of soft junk one sometimes encounters at low price points, either. The 8cr13Mov used in this blade sharpens up quite well to an excellent Edge, and maintains that as acceptable well. Just as important, the knife sharpened up easily and comes back to that razor edge without much trouble. While I would not use this as a primary shop knife, it is perfect for an EDC. It came nice and paper-slicing sharp out of the box, and I took it up a notch from there with a simple ceramic rod sharpener. Oh, and the clip comes set for righthand tip-up carry, and can be moved to lefthand tip-up carry (two torx screws, I think #7 size). It's also the same unibtrusive small-and-not-too-pants-shredding tight clip add on my Zero Tolerance 0770cf. Wow. This one is going into my EDC rotation.