Pros: Overall Quality, Handle Material, Handle Feel, Ease of Opening, Pocket Clip, Weight, Lock Ease of Use, Blade Material
Terrific EDC for the price
I own the knife after which the Natrix was patterned: the Zero Tolerance 770. The Natrix blade is the same shape as the 770 (although the Natrix adds a large blood groove), the ergonomcs are quite similar, the pivot fastener is of the same decor, etc. It's fair to call this kind of a poor man's 770. That being said, it's a very, very good iteration of the design at an amazing price. Yes, it has lesser steel, but the 8Cr13MoV is perfectly acceptable for an EDC. It holds an edge decently, is reasonably corrosion-resistant, and is easy to sharpen (to a wicked, hair-popping edge, I might add). I wouldn't use it as a hard-use shop knife, but it's fine for the usual EDC duty: opening packages, cutting through bubble pack, cutting rope or string, and so on. In addition, there's enough blade and a secure enough grip so that of necessary, this knife world be adorable for tactical use. Blade centering is decent; it's maybe 10% of from center when the knife is closed, but works perfectly and deploys just the way it should. The Speedsafe opening system works equally as well as my ZT0770. The scales offer a decent grip. The lock is interesting; it's a frame lock, but only uses a part of the frame, not the whole thing. You can see it clearly in one of the views offered on the Knifecenter site. This makes the knife a LOT lighter than if the whole back side was made of metal, as are most frame lockers. It also looks a lot better this way, because the back had a lot of the same material as the front (presentation) side. The lock engages a good 50% of the blade width upon locking. Nice. It's easy to disengage without turning your thumb raw, but not TOO easy. I love the clip on this knife. It's deep carry and unobtrusive. The clip comes set for right-hand/tip-up carry,.but can be switched to left-hand/tip-up. For the size of this knife (fits my XL hands comfortably), it is surprisingly lightweight. You don't even feel it in your pocket; you could pocket carry this without the clip. The knife came nice and sharp as with most Kershaws, but I took it up a couple of notches. It takes a wickedly sharp edge relatively easily. Highly recommended at this price point. I'll probably buy another in a different size and/or dress!