Pros: Blade Material, Overall Quality, Lock Ease of Use, Handle Feel, Ease of Opening
Factor Equipment Hardened Flipper
Flipping action is all you could ask of a budget knife and indeed, it puts many flipper knives at over twice the price to shame. Opening is very positive regardless of what flipping technique you prefer, and there is no need for a "wrist flick" to assist deployment (and the ceramic ball bearing pivot can probably be credited for that). Overall workmanship is very fine, with the AUS-10 blade nicely centered in the G10-scaled steel handle. Plunge grinds are also nicely symmetrical. Be aware that the steel liners are thick and not skeletonized in any way. This accounts for the moderately hefty 6.4 oz. weight. One other consideration: the blade pivot uses a proprietary driver which is not included. I'll note that AUS-10 steel is mostly found in better-quality Japanese kitchen knives these days. I like that Factor Equipment chose it for the Hardened model as it gives customers who may be curious about this alloy a pocket knife platform to play with. If you're seeking a high quality overbuilt flipper knife at a bargain price, this is one to consider.