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I’m a multitool person and generally consider a folding knife as a waste of space, until I see this one.
1) Very light. At 2.3 Oz this is probably the lightest folder with 3 1/8″ blade. It’s the single most important feature for me who wear slacks instead of jeans at work.
2) Slim profile. Without the clip it’s only 3/8″, and with clip it’s a little over 1/2″. It doesn’t create a visible bulge.
3) G10 scales. G10 is a modern fiberglass that’s both very light and tough it’s practically indestructible. The particular scales here have non-slip surface that feels like coarse fabric, good to keep the knife in your hand when wet.
4) Flipper. With little practice you can very quickly deploy the blade with just your index finger. The flipper also serves as finger guard preventing the blade from accidentally closing on you.
5) Liner lock. It obviously keeps the blade in open position (very solid), but a bump on the lock also mates with a hole on the blade to keep it closed. You have to apply a little extra pressure to open the blade, but it’s good because it prevents accidental opening.
6) Finger groove. Deep index finger groove gives positive grip that prevents slippage. It makes the knife safer to handle.
7) Reversible & removable pocket clip. You can position the clip so the tip points up or down in your pocket, although it’s on the right-hand side only. I removed mine because I don’t need it. Conventional drop-point blade. This is a versatile design that gives a good balance for many purposes. It’s good for cutting and slicing without having too weak of a tip.
9) Decent steel. In the past Kershaw used 13C26 stainless steel by Sandvik (sweden), which has a reputation to rust but otherwise has good edge retention properties. The newest editions use 14C28N Sandvik steel that’s supposed to be more resistant to rust.
10) Very reasonable price. With all its design features and modern materials, the knife is a steal at under $40.
1) The pocket clip is not ambidextrous, so it will be less convenient for left handed people.
2) Thumbstuds are useless.
All in all, it’s a great EDC (every day carry) knife.
Edit: After a year of ownership, I still EDC this knife the most despite owning other fine products from Spyderco and Benchmade.
- The pocket clip is really tight, but it’s not a problem for me because I don’t use it.
- The blade is hollow ground, which means the surface between the cutting edge and the spine is slightly concave. It makes the knife a good slicer.
- The metal liner that locks the blade open is only on one side. This feature saves weight without sacrificing too much rigidity.
- The blade thickness is about 2mm or slightly over 1/16″. It’s not the beefiest blade, but combined with the single liner construction this knife is designed as a slicer rather than a chopper or mini pry bar.
- It comes sharp out of the box, definitely good enough for its intended use. This detail escaped me because I always sharpen my knives to my own standard.
- The blade is nicely centered between the scales when closed.
- I can use the thumb studs, but with difficulty.
- Torx screw construction. If you have the appropriate screwdriver bits, you can adjust the pivot tension and disassemble the knife for cleaning & lubrication. Can’t take this for granted because there are many knives out there put together with rivets, making adjustment impossible and cleaning a chore.
- Bronze washers between the blade and the liner/scale makes it smooth to open.
Second edit after second year of ownership:
- I disassembled the knife completely, polished the phosphorus bronze washers with Flitz, then lubricated all the moving parts with mineral oil. Now it flies open every time I pull the flipper.
- The steel is reputed to be fine grained and capable of high degree of sharpness. I sharpened it on extra fine diamond stones and stropped it on leather, and now it’s sharp enough to literally split hair. Fine grained indeed.
- Despite all the scratches from use, I don’t see any sign of rust.
- It’s not pleasant nor politically correct, but the knife would make a good slasher (thin profile) and stabber (pointy spear point). The index finger groove and flipper positively prevents your hand from moving forward in a thrust. In an emergency it can safely be used as a weapon.
- It has quite a long cutting edge in proportion to the blade. The cutting edge is as long as the blade, so it rivals the cutting efficiency of many other knives 1/2″ longer.