Pros: Lock Type, Handle Material, Handle Feel, Blade Sharpness, Blade Material, Ease of Opening, Weight, Lock Ease of Use, Overall Quality
Flyweight heavy hitter
This was my first knife in BD-1, so I was very eager to put it through its paces. After doing the usual multi-materials test, I felt this reminds me a bit of Gin-1. I've gotten it to take a clean razor edge fairly easily (easier than Gin-1 IMHO), and I also noticed how quickly it takes a mirror polish! This steel seems overall pretty easy to work with, and capable of getting pretty sharp, but (naturally) it does not hold an edge as long as some of the other recent steels (e.g. ZDP-189, S30V, etc). For someone who enjoys adjusting and sharpening regularly, though, it is a lot of fun. All around, I'm pretty pleased. The bearing lock is great, rock solid, and practically foolproof. Because it doesn't need a steel liner, this knife is very, very light, but doesn't seem at all fragile. The ergonomics are pretty good, and the handle fits my (rather large) hands surprisingly well. As usual, the flat grind and leaf shape make for a great and versatile combination. And did I mention, it's just so light! Almost unnervingly light at first touch, but with use it feels a lot stronger.