Pros: Lock Type, Handle Material, Blade Sharpness, Blade Material, Ease of Opening, Handle Feel, Weight, Lock Ease of Use, Overall Quality
Cons: Pocket Clip, None
This knife will impress anyone who holds it. For an EDC I carry a SOG Architect, or an ALMAR SERE 2000. But when you're in the woods or just know you'll be rough on a knife, I bought this knife. I also bought it to where as an EDC with my ACU uniform. I fell in love with my old S&W Black Ops. It can take anything I through at it, so I felt comfortable buying another S$W for a "work horse" knife. The second you hold this knife, you're impressed. The weight alone tells you it can take a pounding. The tanto blade is a wicked, sexy shape that puts extra steel at the tip where you need it. The handle is rock solid with anti stick tape. The tape seems to be the best material out there, no matter what the price. It holds while wet or wearing gloves. The assisted opening is faster and easier than my auto's and locks solid with a bang. Zero blade play, and a choice of two ways to activate the spring assist opening system. Either way you choose leaves your hand in a better position than any auto after deploying. It also has a well located safety. The medium size is perfect for me. It's big enough for any easy or tough EDC chore. The smaller size looks good and practical also. I use a fixed blade if I need bigger knife. For the price, everything is great about this knife, except one thing. The clip is just awful. It's located at the top bolster area, making it a "tip up" carry. I can get used to that, but the way it's screwed onto the knife, it leaves about an inch of the knife exposed. Definitely not cool. Anyone can tell you're carrying a knife, and that's not the way to go these days. With all the steel and aluminum at the back of this knife, S&W could have easily used a deep carry pocket clip. Instead they opted for a lanyard hole. A Lanyard hole? Well, that's my two cents. I hope it helps.