Pros: Pocket Clip, Overall Quality, Lock Ease of Use, Weight, Ease of Opening
Double utility makes this a great value for the money
I've had my eye on this knife for years, and finally took the plunge when I found myself needing a money clip (new wallet didn't have room for bills). It's the perfect money clip for somebody addicted to pocketknives, reasonably priced for an EDC and with Columbia River's usual build quality. I make a point of taking the bills out of the clip before opening the knife, because I'd be pretty sad if I cut them in half while closing it later. Seems sensible. One thing I've had to learn with this knife is to keep my fingers out of the locking mechanism WHEN CLOSING THE KNIFE. That is, the locking mechanism works like a liner lock, but because there's only one side to the "liner," the heel of the blade -- where the locking mechanism snaps behind it to lock it open -- can pinch your fingers if you're not careful. I only did this twice, and fortunately it was the locking tab and not the edge that caught me, so no stitches required. Oh, and opening & closing this knife works great for right-handers, but left-handers will need to practice a bit. It's reasonably sharp out of the box, but a little work on a fine ceramic sharpener should have this shaving sharp in minutes. (My old reliable Case Moonstone is in storage, or I would already have done this within a few hours of receiving the knife.) It's a fun alternative to a traditional money clip; I've got a nice one of those, too, but the K.I.S.S. always seems to find its way into my pocket. I expect everybody reading this is nodding in understanding.