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Good knife, but some drawbacks
on February 24, 2011
First of all, the good things about this knife. #1 the locking mechanism is not in the direct path of the blade, you don't have to put your fingers in harms way when closing it. (start rant against linerlocks) Why the "liner lock" is so popular is one of those great mysteries of the world to me... at least put a button through the handle!! The idea of putting my finger where the blade will be folding to unlock is not my idea of a good design (end rant against linerlocks). THANKFULLY this knife is designed with the locking mechanism on the handle, where it should be.
The blade is sharp right out of the package, and it just looks cool! I like the fact the steel is AUS8, should keep a good edge. I'm a fan of serrated edges... they add more utility to a knife. If I'm in the bush and need to chop branches in a pinch, a serrated knife will do that. This knife has a nice sharp serrated edge for sawing through twigs, branches, reinforced cardboard, rope, packing tape, etc. The knife also has a locking feature, which I like to have on a everyday carry knife. It's very lightweight, so I think I'll keep it for hiking trips.
The assisted opening feature is very nice, I prefer it now. And hey, my box came with a sticker saying the knife is "Gunny Approved" by Mr. R. Lee himself. Can't go wrong there.
Now for the negative features... LOTS of blade wiggle. Too much for my liking. The locking switch is in an awkward place, hard to switch, and hard to get to with only one hand. Definitely not a one-handed opener. The belt clip is strong, too strong. I had to struggle to clip/unclip from my pants pocket. Definitely not a fan of the clip for everyday carry. Might be good for clipping on a backpack and knowing it won't fall off. Overall the blade seems very thin compared to my Benchmade Barrage 585, or even my Gerber FAST assisted opener.
I won't keep this knife for everyday carry, but I will probably use it for my hiking pack. AUS-8 steel, light weight, bionic-strength clip, and serrated edge makes it a decent backpack knife.