Pros: Overall Quality, Handle Feel, Blade Material, Blade Sharpness, Weight, Handle Material, None
Cons: Lock Type, Lock Ease of Use
A fine knife but overpriced
I was first attracted to the big Daghetta because of it's style and blade. I'm always a fan of a uniquely milled handle such as this and a stout dagger styled blade is always a favorite. The handle is remarkably slim and feels much lighter in the hand and pocket than I had presumed it would, making this more of a larger edc than the rather tactical knife it might seem at first. The liner on this is narrow and set deep in the handle and gives the first impression that the Daghetta might be less sturdy that I had hoped. However, the full back spacer and stiffness of the G10 scales more than compensate. The blade is a beautifully constructed slab of D2 (not quite the premium steel you might expect at this price) with one side sharpened to a keen edge. All in all this is a very attractive and well manufactured knife. However, there is a significant flaw in the design of the locking mechanism which is something like the combination of a Benchmade axis lock with a lockback knife. The result is that the cylinder which disengages the lock doesn't move freely, making for an often stubborn lock. Also, the stiffness of the lock obviates the need for bearings in the pivot, making the opening of the knife more like that of a washer type rather than the smoothness of bearings. It's not overly stiff but just doesn't flick with the quickness you would expect. With those factors in consideration I do feel that this knife is definitely overpriced when you consider that ZT knives are at a similar price point with superior materials and design. That said, I've figured out how to work with the lock and am very taken with the big Daghetta as a whole and will be keeping it even though I had second thoughts, initially.