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on June 21, 2015
After extended use, this knife began to show vertical play in the blade. The lock still held strong and the knife remained as tough as I could have asked for. However, the play began to get worse to the point where it was distracting and when trying to perform more delicate work, I was not able to have the kind of control over the blade that I needed. I stopped using it.
I will allow for there to be a slip through in quality control, it happens. I would also take into consideration that over time I may became more and more confident in the knife to the point of over working it.
In the end I think that you get what you pay for and I did. IT's not a bad knife but keep in mind that it may not hold up to the riggors that some of the other reviewers put it through.
This knife is about trade offs. It is super heavy for a folder but that gives it a lot of heft for cutting and batoning. At times I feel like this is just a tiny machette. Its rubber grips make it hard to take in and out of your pocket but it never leaves your hand while in use and if you keep it in the sheath there is no problem with your pocket. The color is obnoxious and far from tactical but that makes it easy to find when you set it down or lose it. The AUS 8 steel is tough and holds its edge well under punishment but is not so hard as to be brittle or difficult to sharpen. It burs before it chips which is a huge deal to me. It allows you give it the business and still have a knife when you are done. It comes with a flat grind, razor sharp out of the box. Flat grinds are less efficient at cutting but are significantly easier to sharpen especiall in the field. The lock back is somewhat inconvenient in terms of quick folding but they are also more sturdy. Some have had the problem of this lock failing on them, I have not had that problem. So I think that you may just have to risk it. The pay off is worth it.
Everything about this knife is designed to be a reliable, utilitarian and durable folder. So far this has been a knife that I would trust as my last knife in the world. I use it for all things: chopping, splitting, cutting, slicing, scraping, carving, food prep, yard work, box cutting, etc. It is simple and straight forward.