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Pretty decent EDC knife.
on June 16, 2014
First of all, this really should be rated 3 1/2 stars. It's definitely better than a mere 3, but I wouldn't quite rate it 4. Alas, Amazon's rating system is what it is.
I should point out that I tend to be very critical of potential Every Day Carry knives, so what are criticisms to me, might be no big deal to anyone else. As always, your mileage may vary.
First off, this knife was a little bit smaller than I expected in the handle. Over all, this isn't a problem, but since I have larger hands, it doesn't quite fit as comfortably as some of my other knives in this class. The smaller size (and clip placement) does make for a better low profile in the pocket.
I've seen some complaints about the "aggressiveness" of the texture on the handle, but I'm actually OK with it. I feel like it does help with the grip, especially because the handle feels so small. I'd rather have the extra assistance with the grip than a knife that slips out of my hand.
I'm not certain I like the opening mechanism. It seems to work best by using your index finger to trigger the lever, and I just don't feel like you can maintain as sure of a grip on the knife. I'm sure I will get used to it, but I prefer the thumb pegs, especially for assisted opening knives.
The pocket clip is a little bothersome. The holes in the clip are at the exact place where the clip applies pressure to the handle. As a result, the holes feel like they want to catch on your pocket when you pull the knife out. I'm going to have to keep a close eye on this to make sure it doesn't wind up wearing out the material on my pockets. I'd rather it had a solid, smooth clip.
Out of the box, the blade was very sharp. I did notice just a tiny amount of unevenness in the grind toward the tip, but nothing too troubling and well within what I would expect of a mass produced knife at this price point. Other than the awkwardness of the opening lever, the assisted opening mechanism operates smooth and the blade swings open with a crisp snap.
For the price Amazon is charging (at the time of my purchase it was under $20), this thing is an absolute bargain. Despite my nitpicks, it seems like a very capable knife and a great Every Day Carry option. I've had pocket knives that cost three times this much that I would rate below this one.