Pros: Blade Sharpness, Lock Type, Ease of Opening, Handle Feel, Overall Quality, None
Cons: Weight, Pocket Clip
Nice blade shape, good Seki City quality
The D'allara 3 provides Spyderco aficionados an alternative design and novel locking mechanism. The Torx-screw construction is the same as the Endura, Delica and other mainstream Japanese imports. This knife will satisfy most people as an EDC, with a few exceptions. It's not a good choice for tactical or CQC blade. Blade stock is thinner than the Manix 2 XL for example. In addition to its role as a "Rescue Knife", the modified Sheepfoot S30V shape of the D'allara 3 is great for a light work knife, paring knife for cooking, whittling, doing mundane daily tasks. Because it doesn't look threatening it's not a bad EDC. While a sharp pointed blade can be useful for precision work, sometimes it's nice to have the safety of a blunted tip. As much grief as the ball lock gets, I found it to be an interesting take on the spring-loaded Benchmade Axis lock or Spyderco's caged-ball lock. The ball can freely spin around which was an unexpected feature. The knife has a decent heft, some 50% heavier than the Manix 2 LW, due to the stainless liners and thin G10 scales (4.5 oz). It is thinner in profile though. Although it's a great blade there are many alternatives in the same price range that are forcing the price of this unique model down a bit. I feel like my Manix 2 LW S110V blade is a better value, cheaper, better steel and ergonomics.