Pros: Ease of Opening, Pocket Clip, Handle Feel, Weight, Lock Ease of Use, Overall Quality
right size and weight for a good edc
For the money, this is a great deal. Lots of knife for very little dollars! It opens smoothly enough. While stud placement isn't perfect, it's utilitarian and not cumbersome. The scales, while textured, aren't so rough that your pants get shredded between the clip and the scale--but it holds on tight. You won't lose this one (well, not by having it fall from your pocket, anyway). Strangely, the clip came set for lefthand tip-up carry. No problem, it's got #6 torx screws on the clip, so I moved it and it's now set up for righthand tip-up carry. It's unclear to me why they wouldn't set this up for righthand carry initially, given that 93% of the population is right-handed. While the carry is not deep pocket, it doesn't stick up much, and it's pretty easy to retrieve from the pocket (I do not use a lanyard, although there is a hole for one, if you use them). Blade centering is fair; it's maybe 65% to one side. No functional effect on this small a variance. The fit and finish are otherwise surprisingly good at this price point; there is ZERO lateral or vertical blade play or frame play when the blade is deployed. That's unexpected at this price level; many folders that cost what this one does exhibit a little play (or more than a little). The liners aren't the thickest, but the result is a very light knife that you don't feel in your pocket (especially using the clip). Under some circumstances this thin of a liner on a liner lock knife might give me pause, but it doesn't here, because the liner lock clicks in dead center in the middle of the blade. Most are a bit off to the side--no problem, especially with substantial liners. This one is as centered as I've ever seen. Nice and secure. The blade shape is nice for 'rolling' kinds of slicing, and also for high-angle slicing, which many blades don't do so well. It's AUS-8 steel--certainly not premium, but not by any means junk. It takes an edge easily and holds it decently--plenty well enough for an EDC. This is not a shop knife--the edge would dull too quickly and roll too easily for that application--but it's perfectly suitable for the kinds of package-opening, cardboard-cutting, coupon-clipping, string and rope-cutting, plastic bubblepack-slicing kinds of things one does with an EDC. It works fine for food, too (applies, oranges, vegetables, pizza...). I will no doubt use the back of the blade to turn a slothead screw at some point; my EDCs always seem to come to that eventually! The blade was reasonably sharp out of the box when I got it, but I took it up a little from there. In sum, this is a really nice value at Knifecenter’s price, and it fits the EDC bill perfectly in size and weight. Although it’s made in Taiwan, it is sold by Ontario, a New York State company, so that’s at least partially great!