Pros: Blade Sharpness, Handle Material, Handle Feel, Overall Quality, Pocket Clip, Ease of Opening, Weight, Lock Ease of Use, Blade Material
I personally like it more then the tenacious in every aspect and was worth the extra cost for me. I use it for rough use edc, (I carry 2 edc, on occasion 3(fixed blade) as to save edge on nice edc for those gnarly cutting tasks. The bd1 seems to be a good jump in edge retention over the Chinese steel. Though I am leaning toward the alcyone for its size, but I like both models and is becoming one of my favorite no worries rough use edc folders. Sandvik is one of my favorite budget steels though the bd1 is giving it a run for it's money for me. I have 2 polestar's and 2 alcyone's and are consistent with each other in action, fit and finish. Yes you are paying a bit of a mark up for the name. (Thats life) For me it was worth it, And yes i am a big advocate of buying American made items, but other countries make very high quality stuff too, I will say most of my good budget stuff is foreign made (not fond of our American made budget knives) and a large portion of my high end stuff(production to custom) is American made, though the bd1 is becoming a favorite budget steel. Polestar is not perfect but a very good knife it is indeed imo. I like them all, from budget to meticulously hand made works of art.