Pros: Blade Sharpness, Handle Feel, Weight, Blade Material, None
Cons: Handle Material, Pocket Clip
5 stars for this price point...
I have owned this Bali for almost 20 years now. I can honestly say, I've beat on it quite a bit... Are there better balis out there? Sure, but definately NOT at this piece's price... This was my second Bali purchase, I picked it up used at a yard sale ages ago. Since then I've used it off and on as an EDC, and a fool around flipper. Amazed at the blade quality for the $. I've resharpened it a few times over the years..quite easy to do so, and holds an edge quite well. I see ppl complaining about the permanent peened pins, it's really not a big deal. They get a little loose... at it over a work bench and give them a few taps with a ball pen hammer, and WHAM! Tightened pins just like that! Just go easy, or you'll be trying to break it back in for a month. Loose latch? Same solution, and you can add a small o-ring to help keep latch closed. You'll need that one you get good at flipping, (the handle material is a little cheap, and eventually the tang pin will beat grooves into the scales). Almost 20 years later, and it still flips like new with minimal upkeep. Still barely any play when locked open, so it's a good utility knife. Blade, point, and scales are still 100% intact. I can shave my face with her right now if I needed to! Only damage is some minor paint chipping... Under $40 for 20 years of fun and utility, what's the to complain about?! Great job Bear and son!