Pros: Lock Type, Pocket Clip, Handle Feel, Blade Sharpness, Blade Material, Ease of Opening, Weight, Lock Ease of Use, Overall Quality
Best Spyderco Knife I've Owned Thus Far!
Well, the title says it all. I've owned about a dozen different Spyderco knives over the past 11 years, including the original Manix and Mini Manix. I initially had the Manix which I found to be a bit too big for my taste, so I sold it and bought the Mini version instead. I liked it better, but still didn't quite suit my tastes completely. (Something about the flat ground blade?) As always, this knife has the unique Spyderco look/design that I've always liked. It's the right size and has excellent grip retention (from the jimping on the handle and blade) and the blade has excellent design/material quality. When it comes to knives like these having a choice between different blade edge types, (plain, serrated, combo) the most to the least popular are in that exact order which I find kinda strange. The plain edge I can understand being the most popular, but then the fully serrated is next? Why not have the combo edge!? It gives the advantages of both plain and serrated on one blade! For this combo edge the serrated half was quite sharp, but the plain half wasn't as sharp as it could be. A few swipes across a very fine wet sharpening stone fixed that though! The other thing(s) I like about this knife are just a bunch of little things. The Spyderco Spyder logo on the blade, the full manufacturing location on the blade (it even has Earth after U.S.A., just in case you meet an alien that wants to know where your knife was made and the alien thought it would have been the Golden, Colorado U.S.A. on planet Omicron Persei 8 or something!) The locking mechanism, a Ball Bearing Lock, is another rare feature that you don't see on many Spyderco knives. It gives the blade a nice, smooth open and close, strong locking, but may take some getting use to. (P.S.- the polymer that makes up some of the lock and the finger studs you use to unlock the blade is clear, not white or gray or even metal like you might think from the pictures!) Overall a VERY fine knife that I will get many years of great use from.