Pros: Handle Material, Lock Type, Pocket Clip, Ease of Opening, Handle Feel, Weight, Lock Ease of Use, Blade Sharpness
Cons: Blade Material, Overall Quality, None
My new favorite Kershaw
Love this knife. Minor negatives/heads up: • It's a little heavy so if that's not your thing, I'd recommend my 2nd favorite Kershaw, the Volt SS (they make a nice pair, with the Volt SS being more of a gentleman's knife/dressy/clean/thin... that one has a 3-way clip but no thumbstuds). The heavy steel handle is a plus in my book, but it also is a bit heavier than the blade so it's not completely balanced. Feels great, just fyi. • The pocket clip is right, tip-down only. My preferred position so I'm ok with it, but fyi if that's a deal breaker for you. • For the money, the quality is flat out amazing and can't be beat, but just keep in mind it's still a $30 Kershaw, not a Zero Tolerance. The tang is a bit small and the blade might benefit from blade stop style thumbstuds to give it a little more side-to-side strength. It's also made in China and has cheaper stainless steel. Other than that, everything is amazing: Positives: • SpeedSafe assisted opening • Flipper opening • Thumbstud opening. Rounded thumbstuds as well as slight indents on the handle to help get your thumb in make this method just as easy as the flipper. Ambidextrous too for you lefties but keep in mind that pocket clip will be in the way a bit (still doable). • Strong, heavy steel handle. • Blackwash finish all over (even the pocket clip, and the screws/studs/spacers all match too) • Good looks (blade shape, the handle, pivot screw, deep-carry clip) • Nice grip • Some jimping on spine • Easy-to-close liner lock My current favorite sub-$30 knife, or even sub-$50 or $60.