Pros: Blade Material, Lock Type, Overall Quality, Handle Material, Lock Ease of Use, Weight, Ease of Opening, Blade Sharpness
Cons: Handle Feel, Pocket Clip, None
Best lightweight quality-to-price ratio
PRO's: Super sturdy for a lightweight/slim design; wharncliffe blade is super useful and keeps the blade tip in material through the cut; CPM-20CV steel/G10; quality/materials to price ratio is about as good as it gets; extra pocket clip cover is not necessary (removed mine to reduce snags), but does get you 2 extra screws; quality control of fitting/grind/edge is top notch. CON's: Index finger position on the grip could be further forward (remove more material in the index finger grip to get closer to blade); Thumb studs are a little too far forward on the blade (makes it super easy toto open), but maybe too far in that it could interfere with cuts close to the grip. Pocket clip is super slidy, almost goes in/out of pocket/pants too easily. All these con's are pretty nit-picky though. Overall, for the quality of materials, attention to detail, and silky smooth action, the Deka is the dark horse in the lightweight EDC category, with not many of the sacrifices made to get this thin/light. Hogue has almost perfected the lightweight carry, and I love that there's a traditional and wharncliffe option.