Pros: Blade Sharpness, Lock Type, Handle Material, Overall Quality, Pocket Clip, Ease of Opening, Handle Feel, Weight, Lock Ease of Use, Blade Material
Awesome, But Know What You're Buying
Every feature of this knife is a work of art both in form and function, from the masterfully crafted, stonewashed S35VN blade to the beautifully subtle, supremely comfortable ergonomics of the titanium handle to the brilliantly simple, effective, comfortable, and attractive pocket clip. Lock up is solid as a rock and and deployment is buttery smooth. And I have to mention how nicely the anodized blue of the washer around the pivot screw pops, really adding an extra dose of class to the whole design. There's absolutely nothing wrong with this knife as it was designed and you'll love it with all your heart as long as you're aware of what you're buying. I say that because I've seen reviews about the Sheepdog knives (both the Kizer and the custom offerings that inspired it) that bemoan it's lack of smooth and versatile piercing capability. To which most of us would respond, "no duh," since a quick look at even the pictures shows us that this design isn't exactly set up for that. Cleavers aren't known for being great stabbers, but there may be those who simply aren't familiar enough with blade shapes and their various functions to understand what exactly they're looking at, buy it because it looks really cool, and then regret their purchase when it doesn't meet their needs. So for those folks, I have to say that this isn't the most practical knife for EDC (although it does handle most average Joe utility tasks very well) and while it could be used in a combat scenario (anything can be a weapon with some thought and the proper amount of force, after all) it would certainly be less than ideal, as slashes would work great but stabs would be unlikely to render any useful amount of penetration. If those points are of utmost importance to you then look elsewhere. If, however, you're a fan of beautifully designed knives, don't anticipate having to do painfully intricate work with the razor tip of a very thin blade, and don't feel the need to constantly be equipped with a reliable method of stabbing muggers and zombies, then you need to own this knife.