Pros: Handle Material, Weight, Blade Sharpness, None
Cons: Overall Quality, Lock Type, Handle Feel, Pocket Clip, Lock Ease of Use, Sheath, Ease of Opening
Flawed but Usable
I was primarily attracted to this knife because of the small Wharncliffe blade. Wharncliffes are very useful for daily errand type tasks and this one promised to nestle almost invisibly in the pocket - which it does. The blade is fine - it is adequately sharp. There are two problems with it - the flipper mechanism is very difficult to make work, even after adding drops of gun oil and working it open and closed a zillion times. At least half the time when you flip, nothing happens at all, or the blade half opens. Actually, you can't say that "nothing happens at all". Because the rear part of the scale is so diminutive, and because the scale surface is smooth, it is very easy to simply launch the little knife across the room. I think it is a stretch to classify this knife as a "flipper", and it would actually be friendlier to use without the flipper protruberance. You just have to accept that you have to open it with two hands, and close it with two hands, and make VERY sure you've got it locked open before cutting anything. It looks like this knife may have been discontinued, which is no great loss. Even at a discount $32 is steep for something like this - other than the Wharncliffe option, looking at the little Brownings at half the price may be a better choice.