Pros: Handle Material, Overall Quality, Lock Ease of Use, Handle Feel, Ease of Opening, Blade Sharpness
Affordable, Carry-able Elegance
This Plethiros is quite a stunning folder, despite the deceptiveness on CIVIVI’s part. Great lines, beautiful wood, and Damascus-esk steel. You didn’t expect real Damascus steel (two steels pattern welded together) for $100, did you? How about a little honesty from knife manufacturers? This should be called, “Acid-etched Damascus,” in the description and title (blade finish is listed as “acid etch” in the fine print of specs). Same with labels like, “surgical steel,” “440 series,” “stainless + inox,” “high carbon steel,” or hiding the cheap steel you’re using under a proprietary name. All steels have known properties/compositions/formulations. This practice gives the knife industry the sleazy tinge of a crooked used car salesman. What steel did CIVIVI acid-etch to make this knife? Who knows? >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Arrived scalpel sharp. You could perform surgery with this blade. I have long complained that tactical blades are getting too thick to be efficient cutting tools. No complaints, here. This thin edged blade is a slicer/dicer. I’m just blindly trusting that CIVIVI used some quality steel that may hold an edge. Opens easily, blade is well centered between liners, as in picture above. Liner lock is easy to access w/thumb. I’ll give the handle 4 out of 5 for comfort; but a 5 in grip security. Clip is a little rough on the pinky. I may remove it (not a clip guy). Love the shape and curve of handle; and the downward cant of the blade, which keeps point aligned with direction of force in a thrust (aligned with the radius [long bone of forearm], so you’re not bending your wrist). Came with proper Bling: nice nylon zippered pouch, polishing cloth, and a couple of WE/CIVIVI stickers. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> No real Damascus steel has been made since the 17th or 18th Century. It was probably lost to the world in famine, plague, and war; the old smiths with the knowledge of the formula/process passing away quickly before they were able to pass their knowledge on to the next generation (much like the loss of Syrian Latakia pipe tobacco, today). If Plethiros’s blade had been made of pattern welded steel (or, Damasteel), it would probably cost $300-$500; and would end up sitting in a drawer, or display case. Plethiros’s acid-etched blade has the beauty and elegance of pattern welded steel, but priced so you won’t hesitate to carry this stunning folder. I know I should deduct a star, or two, for the deceptive practice of calling this Damascus, but I can’t bring myself to do it. I just like it too, much. But, I plead here with the knife industry to clean-up their sleazy practices (note: most USA knife manufacturers practice transparency in materials used). Plethiros is a nice knife to wear with your dress slacks, when you don’t want that giant hunk of Cold Steel imprinting through your pocket. Wow. I see this was popular with other knife enthusiasts, as it sold “out of stock” before I could finish this review. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Let’s all support the great staff at KnifeCenter in this time of deep economic downturn. They have been here for us through thick ‘n’ thin, providing us with fine cutlery, excellent service, and speedy deliveries. Stay safe; keep your knives sharp, your tomahawk handy, and your powder dry.