Reviewed 03/05/2012 by Keith
-Price Paid: $214.00
-Used for Light Duty/General
-Owned for Greater than 1 year
This knife has the best ergonomics of any folding knife I've ever owned, and I currently own dozens of knives from numerous, popular and well respected knife companies.
The build quality is good; however, it should be better for a knife costing $214. I own similar knives costing around $100 that have build quality just as good.
Use of 154cm steel? I understand Ernest Emerson believes in sticking to designs that are proven--sort of "don't fix what isn't broken" (I really believe that is a motto that isn't followed nearly enough), but 154cm's big brother, CPM154, has been in existence for well over a decade now, and it has proven itself. I think it's time the Emerson knife company upgraded their blade steel--especially if they're going to be charging $214 for a knife.
Value is poor. As I said before, I own dozens of knives from well respected knife companies. There are other companies that offer similar quality knives, made with similar materials (many are even produced in the USA), which cost less than half the price of my Emerson.
However, I would buy this knife again, and I have two main reasons. (1) this knife has Emerson's patented "wave" feature, which works very well. Some people don't like the wave, but I could see how it might be useful in certain situations. (2) As previously stated, it has the best ergonomics of any folder I've ever owned.