Pros: Blade Material, Overall Quality, Ease of Opening, Handle Feel, Blade Sharpness, Pocket Clip, None
Cons: Lock Ease of Use
I did a lot of research on knife steels and brands while selecting this knife. I was looking for a replacement for my EDC, a Frost Silver Hawk, and wanted something around the same size. Unfortunately this knife is significantly larger... BUT I LOVE IT. I don't think I'll ever go back to a small pocket knife. Anyways, I chose 8Cr13MoV because it offers great value and I didn't want to spend a fortune on a knife that I might not like. There's some reviews out there that say this material is crap, but the truth is that it all depends on the heat treatment (HT). My hunting knife is a Kershaw and I like it and my dad has owned a couple Kershaws that were reliable so I was fairly confident that they would be able to achieve the proper HT. I was not wrong. Out of the box the knife was able to shave the hairs off my arm. It has held its edge very well, withstanding a month of use (opening boxes and plastic packaging, cutting nylon cord...) without sharpening. The flip function needs a little wrist assist, but it's easily opened. The lock function was a bit difficult to get used to since I'm mostly familiar with lockbacks; I cut myself once, but I've got the hang of it now. If I'd known how great this knife was I'd have been willing to pay full price for it, but at ~$18 it is a STEAL!!! I would recommend this knife to anyone looking for a light duty EDC.