Pros: Blade Sharpness, Handle Material, Handle Feel, Ease of Opening, Blade Material, Weight, Lock Ease of Use, Overall Quality
Outstanding, elegant and effective
Stunning example of Spyderco's quality: this thinly veiled homage to the classic italian stiletto, with small details recalling other traditional types of blades as well, is just a joy to handle. The beauty of the concept and the perfection of the execution are visible in every detail, from the polished G10 which reminds me of the best micarta, to the beautiful custom grind, which culminates in a tip design that you just have to admire. As with all things that possess real style, this blade does not trade function for beauty and possesses both in equal amounts: the feeling in your hand, slightly heavier than average pocket knives of this size and the incredibly smooth deployment tell a firmly clear tale of deadly engineering, from the very first second of you fondling it. The deployment is actually so smooth that rivals flippers, something of a real feat for a knife of this type. The liner lock is strong as you would expect in a hefty knife like this one. The hilt provides a vintage charm that is difficult to resist, especially with this design. The clip does its job although I always find myself thinking that a knife so beautiful, with such elegant lines, probably looks better after you remove the clip... but that is just me; I am not a big pocket clip fan. 10/10, worth every penny.