Pros: Ease of Opening, Handle Material, Handle Feel, Weight, Overall Quality, Lock Ease of Use, None
Great product for a compromise between quality and price
I am not a very good bali user...I like them but have nowhere the skill as most users. And I don't mind that as I EDC a Sebenza. Balis are more a knife I simply enjoy flipping.I've noticed most less expensive balis are of low quality. The handles break, the inlays fall out, the blade chips when dropped, the pins break and back out, the T latches fail, etc.At the same time, I didn't want to spend $200+ on a knife I don't EDC. The reviews for this looked good and I gave it a go.It's nice...but it is extremely heavy as it uses stainless over aluminum or titanium. Some people may like that and others may hate it. It is robust and survives being dropped. The blade also is good at taking impact without severe damage. The finish on it is awesome (I would have gone for damascus but it isn't available anywhere!) The texturing gives a nice amount of traction which is noticeable but not too much for bare skin.The biggest cons are arguably the ones most balis have...the pins are not easily user replaceable, nor is the blade or T latch. The other is arguably edge geometry. I don't think the grind on this would be great for EDC usage, and I don't think the edge would be great at resisting deformation from utility work involving cutting fibrous objects. I also wish this came with a pocket clip or sheath...I would have gladly paid a few bucks more for one or both.