Pros: Lock Type, Handle Material, Overall Quality, Pocket Clip, Ease of Opening, Handle Feel, Weight, Lock Ease of Use, Blade Material
Cons: Blade Sharpness, None
The truth is that I just received this a few hours ago and what I say is first impressions. But I like it a lot, and since mine is #390 out of 500, I'm glad I didn't wait any longer. The blade is thick enough and long enough to be very useful in all sorts of situations, but thin enough from spine to edge to be really useful for opening mail and packages, which is one thing I'm constantly using knives for. I wish it were a hair sharper, which I wish for lots of factory edges, but I'll take care of that soon enough. The flipping action is terrific; you can't fail this, and no wrist action is needed. It's really dialed in. Unlocking is just a hair stiff, but I actually much prefer this to too-easy unlocking, so I like it, and the lockbar has a jimped area a little above the rest of the lockbar, making it more functional to unlock. By the way, if you want a blade that drops shut, this won't be it, but I've never felt the need for that. The handle is crazy ergonomic, partly because of the shape, but mostly because of the great texturing, which makes it one of the most grippy knives I own. I don't think it's even possible for anything to pull it out of your grip. And it just plain feels great and looks great. The clip works really well and is a pretty deep carry, and while I don't use lanyards much, the lanyard hold would work really well and is a unified part of the handle. While it's plenty long enough, it's also a knife that I will feel comfortable pulling out in social situations when I need to cut something. This knife is close to perfect. I will say to CRKT that I think when you're spending this much on a knife, some sort of protective pouch or bag should come with it, and it seems pretty cheap of CRKT not to include something like that. Finally, not that it's not strong enough, but I doubt if this will ever be a hard-use knife, at least for me, but will be extremely useful in all sorts of every day situations. Kudos to Jeff Park for the great design and to CRKT for excellent execution of the design. I'm glad I spent the considerably more money for this M390 version. I look forward to using this for many years.