Reviewed 08/11/2014 by Jean-Luc
-Price Paid: $50.00
-Used for Self Defense
-Owned for 1 year
LOCK - PROS: Super strong. Opens and closes well with practice. Closing is difficult for people with weaker hands(my girlfriend finds closing it to be unpleasant). Very solid lockup, feels like a fixed blade. Thumb studs are easily accessible from either side. CONS: After aggressively snapping open the blade several times the pivot screw will begin to incrementally loosen and the knife eventually develops blade wobble and needs to be re-tightened. A little superglue on the threads will probably fix this.
HANDLE - PROS: Nice swell for the palm, flared at the butt, thumb scoop for those who like hard stabs with reverse grip, and the bolster has a nice deep indention to keep the hand from slipping up onto the blade. Works excellent in forward or reverse grip. Holes in the handle assist in transitions from forward to reverse grip. CONS: The traction of the handle material, while adequately positive, does not provide grip that is comparable to the Recon 1 and other Cold Steel G10 scaled knives. The shape of the handle works well for every reasonable grip I can think of, save for reverse grip with blade towards the user's body, in this grip the handle is not comfortable.
BLADE - 4", not really great for self defense, but my state's knife laws suck. In a humid climate the blade begins to develop rust, but with only little oiling/care this shouldn't be a serious issue.
PROS: Shaving sharp, of course, it's Cold Steel. Blade optimized for thrusting, with a good sharp point and impressive width. CONS: Not great for food prep and some EDC tasks. Saber ground blade, while strong, is not the best precision slicer. This is not the knife I would choose for food prep. Blade does not have as much belly as other more EDC oriented folders like the Voyager Clip.
Overall, a wonderful tool for self defense, that functions for EDC tasks in a pinch.