Pros: Blade Material, Weight, None
Cons: Lock Ease of Use, Handle Material, Handle Feel
Inexpensive Intro to M390
Bought this knife as a way to experience M390 steel without spending a whole lot of money. The M390 on this knife has a nice satin finish. My diamond stones easily sharpened the edge to a mirror finish. Edge retention seems quite good, however I can't say I did any sort of scientific testing. I would definitely buy another knife in M390. Unfortunately, there are some things about this knife that keep it in storage and not in my pocket. The black aluminum scales look nice, but they are not very grippy. If this knife had G10 or Carbon Fiber scales, it would be a much better knife in my opinion. Also, I find the liner lock not to be a joy to use. It's not difficult, but it's a little tedious. Lastly, I don't really like assisted opening knives. By definition, assisted opening also means resisted closing.