Pros: Overall Quality, Handle Feel, Blade Material, Blade Sharpness, Weight, Pocket Clip, None
Cons: Ease of Opening, Lock Ease of Use
Thumbed Up, Thumbed Out
First thing first. Spyderco is absolutely my favorite knife manufacturer. I love the Dragonfly, Chaparral, Delica, Endura, Manix 2, PM 2, Para 3 lightweight, Sage, Native Chief, Spydie Chef and so forth. There is a lot I like about this knife, but there is one thing that I find grinds me so to speak. What’s to like about this knife? The design is creative without being whimsical. It’s a fantastic modern office EDC. People who are afraid of knives, staplers, thumb tacks and paper clips will want to handle this knife and will enjoy it. The knife is slender and the blade is surprisingly long. The CF is quite nice to look at and feel in the hand. The slenderness of the knife and the wire clip make it feel like it’s invisible when you’re carrying it. You will have to learn how to position this in your hand when you use your thumb or index finger to initiate the wheel-like flipper. This comes quite naturally though. You kind of light switch it with your index finger or thumb strike it (like a lighter) with your thumb to open it. Both methods are very satisfying. However, this is not a fidget friendly blade. This is my most serious criticism. If you open it somewhat frequently to either use or just admire the knife and it’s action, the flipper wheel will grind down the skin of your index finger and thumb to the point where it’s uncomfortable to open the knife. The knife’s action is smooth (maybe the CQI version will drop shut, but that’s not a big deal to me considering how light the blade is) and the detent is spot on. It’s just the nature of the flipper wheel. The jimping isn’t overly aggressive, but you need to strike the wheel with some speed to deploy the blade. If you just want a nice well made lightweight knife for light duty EDC that you won’t ever fidget with — this is a great knife for you. If you like to fidget with your knifes a bit or need a taller/wider blade, you may want to check some of Spyderco’s other offerings.