Pros: Handle Material, Handle Feel, Blade Sharpness, None
Cons: Lock Ease of Use, Ease of Opening, Overall Quality
Beautiful but under average Chaparral
I own two other Chaparral. They work flawlessly. This one, well, the handles are gorgeous, at least one of them, because the other has less mesh and it's not so visually appealing. The issue comes with the fit and finish, clearly below Spyderco standards. It's very (VERY) stiff to open. So much so that the choil scuffs the inner face of the liner. Also, you much press really hard to disengage the lock. A safety feature? Maybe it's ok for a Cold Steel Espada, but not for a gents knife like this one. Maybe I got the lemon, but it's not what I expected, having owned other Chaparrals. I will try to transplant the handles to one of them, just in case it works.