Pros: Blade Material, Blade Sharpness, Handle Material, Handle Feel, Weight, Ease of Opening, None
Cons: Overall Quality, Lock Type, Pocket Clip, Lock Ease of Use
great knife until you find out that the lock is really weak
This is the most famous tactical folder of Spyderco. When you handle it, you will know why. I've had this knife for two years now and am discovering some pretty bad stuff about it the more I learn about knives. PROS: The blade is full flat ground and made of S30V. Shaving sharp out of the box with lots of belly and gotta love the thick spine. The blade profile is great for stabbing soft objects, however I WILL NEVER TRY TO STAB WITH THIS KNIFE (you will know why in the CONS section). The thumb ramp jimping is the best I've seen so far. Excellent finger choil with a small guard that is unobstrusive. G10 handle is grippy yet not abrasive. Blade deployment is smooth. CONS: The clip cannot be moved so you'll have to settle yourself with tip down carry. Also, the clip is a bit weak and catches on stuff easily, I caught it on the chair I was sitting on and as I stood up, the clip was bent easily. Removed the clip, straightened it but now I can't put one of the three screws, the clip now has a permanent (albeit small) deformity and wouldn't lay flat on the handle. The knife tip is very thin, if you stab something hard, this will break off for sure. However, I said before I will not stab with this knife even soft objects. Why? The lock failed on me one time I tried to stab some cardboard. Luckily, the blade went through the cardboard fully so it didn't touch my fingers. I think the lock failed because the fit and finish of the blade tang and the lock face itself is poorly done. The is a lot of blade play when it is closed. The blade even brushes against the handle when opening with one hand. When open, there is still a lot of play, side to side and vertical. I noticed that if I move the locked blade vertically, the lock moves a little bit. I tried to spine whack the blade on a wooden table, giving it some force and the lock failed. I wouldn't trust my life on this. BOTTOMLINE: It's great for cutting things and EDC chores, but I wouldn't use it for self-defense or combat because the lock might fail. I'm a Spyderco fan and this one left me hanging. I hope this one is just a lemon and will not hold true for the rest of the Millies out there.