Pros: Blade Sharpness, Handle Feel, Pocket Clip, Weight, Ease of Opening, None
Cons: Lock Type, Lock Ease of Use, Overall Quality
Rattles, cheap construction
I don't have a Karambit design in my current collection of knives, so I thought I would ask for the S&W Extreme Ops 3" for Christmas. I always have a 2.5-4 inch folder in my right front pocket and I plan to use it as part of my rotating collection for EDC (every day carry) applications. I'm a desk-jockey ("mouse driver"), so my cutting needs are minimal (but I do like knives!). Although this is a solid, heavy knife with pretty good ergonomics, I can't get over the extreme looseness of the blade. It rattles when I shake it and reminds me of a $2 "made in China" junk knife. I am concerned that the liner lock may not hold (might fail...). Despite this flaw, it does feel good in my hand and is a good utility knife/cutter. The blade is fairly sharp (cannot shave with it - but not bad) and I really like the long, thin pocket clip, which is well made and provides a secure grip in my pocket. I will try tightening the blade (but in my experience, this usually makes a folder hard to open one handed). Unfortunately, this is only a $19 knife and it is simply not cost effective to return it, so I'll keep it around as a "beater" knife. But from a quality and performance standpoint, it simply does not compare to my solidly made CRKT's, Cold Steels, Spyderco's, Boker's, or other folders. I am very disappointed in this one. I know that it IS made in China, however I expected a better product from S&W (love their revolvers!). Bottom line - I cannot recommend this knife based on the loose blade issue. S&W - tighten up the blade (and your Quality Control) and this will be a good value for the money.