Pros: Lock Type, Pocket Clip, Handle Feel, Blade Sharpness, Blade Material, Ease of Opening, Weight, Lock Ease of Use, Overall Quality
Sweet Auto EDC
Now that I live in Oregon, where there are more lenient knife laws, I've been looking forward to adding autos to my EDC rotation. This one makes for a perfect carry and has a cool factor to boot. It's a bonus that it's manufactured not far from where I live. Here are a few first impressions: Futuristic design with excellent machining on both the handle and blade. It looks like a mini marvel of industrial design. Incredibly light weight for its blade length. This knife will spoil you for how easy it is to forget it's there. The deep carry clip will make it disappear in your pocket. (Note: I honestly don't know how the law would feel about this as autos cannot be carried "concealed."I doubt the tiny clip peaking out would qualify as not concealed, probably depends on the cop) Clean action with good pressure needed for activation. The button lock also locks the knife closed and I can't forsee it opening accidentally. That's more than I can say about some manuals I have with weak detents that have accidently opened in my pocket. Easy enough (for a spring actuated knife) to close one-handed. This is important for me given that many manual knives are easy to flip open and closed in the blink of an eye. Needing two hands to close kind of defeats the purpose of a quick EDC. This isn't as easy as a manual cross-bar or compression lock, but it's not bad to force the blade down with an index finger and then transition to a thumb. The fingers never need to get in the path of the blade. More versatile than an OTF. The button is easier to operate than a side switch and can be opened more subtly/quieter using two hands so as not to scare non-knife people. It also affords the advantages of an auto while being easier to clean due to open construction and locks up with no play. You can't find an OTF without blade play. It also has a better blade to handle ratio because the blade doesn't have to be entirely encased in the handle. Affordable and American made. Usually these are mutually exclusive. It's impressive that Kershaw has pulled this off with its Launch line. In my opinion, the USA made Kershaw and Zero Tolerance offer better materials and fit and finish for the same or better price point than their direct competitors (and I own them all ;)) If you can get over the (ridiculous) legal hurdles governing autos, this one is a great option!