Pros: Pocket Clip, Handle Feel, Overall Quality, Handle Material, Weight, Ease of Opening, Blade Sharpness
Cons: Blade Material, Lock Ease of Use, None
Better than expected!
As an avid EDC user as well as a collector, I tend to expect a lot out of my blades. Generally I only buy higher end models but for some reason the Atmos stood out to me. So without ever holding one I ordered and am nothing short of impressed with this ~$30 folder. The KVT ball bearing system is amazing. This is a rare model that doesn’t include Kershaw’s prided speed safe awaited opening system. But the thing is, it opens like it has one. The deployment is fast and lockup is solid. Sharp right out of the box. G-10 scales are good and the carbon fiber inlays give it a classy look. Blade centering is perfect, no adjustment needed. I have it 4 Stars only because of a few small issues; 1) there is a small hang up when trying to close the blade one-handed. It’s part of the ball bearing system. Not critical and may get better over time as it gets worn in. 2) Wish it was offered in a better blade steel. 8Cr13MoV is a fine metal for everyday tasks but I’d like to see it offered in at least 154cpm, even at a higher price point. The jimping is a bit soft, but I wouldn’t expect anything more aggressive given the overall nature of the knife. At the price point, it’s an excellent value. It’s not going to be the work horse my Mini Griptilian is, but makes for an excellent EDC.