Pros: Handle Material, Blade Material, Handle Feel, Weight, Overall Quality, Ease of Opening, Blade Sharpness
Spyderco has succeeded in impressing me yet again. If you want a rock solid folder that can stand up to tough use again and again and still have the edge to handle finer cuts, this is the knife you want. The handle is very comfortable to grip, and offers great self defense options, as well as more precise use for detailed cutting. The G-10 grips your hand, yet when removing from the pocket, slides easily without tearing up jeans. It takes a bit to get used to the lock; more specifically, closing it one handed. Opening it is as simple as holding the knife and flicking the 14mm hole outward with the middle finger. It's faster than most assisted openers I've handled. The DLC coating on the blade seems tough, although is slightly reflective, and not completely matte. This doesn't bother me, since I'd rather have a high quality finish on a blade than a cheap one that only looks good for a week.