Pros: Overall Quality, Handle Feel, Blade Material, Lock Type, Weight, Handle Material, None
Cons: Pocket Clip, Ease of Opening
Great knife at a steep price
First, I must admit that I love this knife. If you look at all (or at least many) aspects which you want in a knife, it really excels--at least for me--at accomplishing most of them. The real question to ask yourself is, "what price am I willing to pay" to get the level of quality this piece represents. Second, after having used the knife for some weeks, its strengths grow on me but its flaws also nag. One of the more annoying shortcomings, in my humble opinion, is the pocket clip. It is a design masterpiece of form but in simple function it is like reaching for the sky only to land in a mud puddle. VERY difficult to use. Requires two hands for most uses. Yes, it looks beautiful but I have $35 knives with better functioning clips. If you don't frequently use the pocket clip then this is not only a non-issue, it REALLY does look gorgeous. But there is no way you can simply clip it on--especially if you have any sort of a thick hem on your pocket (and for zippered pockets completely forget it!). I suspect I'll eventually bend it a bit to make it easier to use, but as designed it is good looking but very difficult to use. There has been much said, for good reason, about the "flip" of the SHIROGOROV knives. I was excited to try them. A lot depends on the specific "detente" of the knife you receive. Mine was VERY stiff. At first I could only open it with two hands. Then with over 200 actualizations (and almost getting arthritis in my index finger) it really began to change from too stiff to a joy to use. Part of the problem is that the whole knife is so light and a touch thin that the grip of the knife handle is a bit too narrow when opening if you have big hands. You absolutely must keep your fingers off the frame lock. For this the pocket clip is good place for your fingers but it really is a bit tight and awkward. I am not saying this as a total bashing, just that for the price of the knife you really do want a level of perfection that it isn't at all difficult to use, IMHO. It becomes smooth with time but don't expect absolute perfection right out of the box. The feel, fit and finish of this piece of kit is magnificent. A real engineer's masterpiece. I also appreciate the shape and style of the blade itself. Nowadays many people try to produce blades which are more suited for fighting or looking macho. This is a seriously practical blade for slicing, cutting, whittling and everyday use. And the length of the blade, the weight (lessness) and attention to detail are really in a whole different league from lower priced knives. I'm not disappointed nor am I at all sorry to have bought it. I carry it every day and it is a wonderful blade for everything from ripping up cardboard boxes to slicing bread or fruit. As time goes on the flip becomes easier and more natural. My main point is that if you purchase an expensive item, whether a car, piece of electronics or a knife, you really want all the small details to be perfect. So the biggest question for anyone wanting an excellent knife is whether the function, beauty and real life usage is worth the price. If you just want a simple blade that works, maybe go with a slightly lesser priced knife like one of Chris Reeves' or even something cheaper. If you want a piece of near perfection that you feel joy with every time it is in your hand or you see it, this is quite possibly the right knife for you.