Pros: Blade Material, Lock Ease of Use, Lock Type, Overall Quality, Pocket Clip, Weight, Handle Material, Blade Sharpness
Cons: Ease of Opening, None
Quality Materials, Fit, and Finish
This knife marks a few firsts for me: first titanium handles, first CTS-XHP, first stonewashed blade, first integral handle knife lock, first clip of this style. I'm liking all of these features a lot so far. The fit and finish is superb on this knife, especially the detents. Nice and sharp, and should be a great utility knife. It's not as comfortable to hold as a PM2, but then it's a lot smaller overall and is fairly ergonomic for how small the footprint is. I find the best opening method for this little guy to be the thumb flick; pretty hard to consistently, successfully open it with my preferred middle finger flick. Definitely carries great in the pocket as well. I may be looking into more titanium handed blades in the future. The materials used definitely contribute to the higher price tag. One thing that I was a bit surprised by: [mostly] one side of the knife arrived from KnifeCenter covered in oil inside the bubble wrap, inside the Spyderco box. I've not received a knife like that before, but the oil washed off very easily and hasn't creeped back out of any of the crevices since. Checked with a forum and it seems to be common among some of these newer titanium models coming from the Taichung factory. Probably a corrosion-resistance measure, just a first for me.