Pros: Blade Sharpness, Lock Type, Handle Material, Overall Quality, Pocket Clip, Ease of Opening, Handle Feel, Weight, Lock Ease of Use, Blade Material
I've had my North Fork for about half a year now. It disappears in my pocket, yet is quickly and easily deployed when needed. I am constantly fiddling with the knife because it's such a joy to flick open and closed single-handed, and it is as tight today as it was on the day I received it. Lock-up is SUPER tight, yet the action is smooth. Really great knife.The blade material is S30V, which is a premium, but not quite elite steel. I still have the factory edge on mine, and it still shaves paper with no problem (after using the knife multiple times per day, every day). I love how classy and non-threatening the knife looks, perfect for office use. Despite it's tame looks, I know that if I ever needed to deploy my North Fork for defensive use, it would prove potent and reliable. Feels rock solid in hand despite it's relatively light weight. The dymondwood is very grippy, and seems to get grippier when wet. My only gripe with the knife is that it is branded as a hunting knife (think gutting, skinning, etc). The reason that this bothers me is that the axis lock is prone to collect things like bits of meat, fat, blood, etc., and the locking mechanism is a bit of an annoyance to clean once it gets gunked up. For EDC use, this is NEVER a problem, but I figured it was worth mentioning to hunters looking to get this knife. I would suggest the Small Summit Lake model for hunters looking for a gutting blade, and I plan to pick one up myself before next year's hunting season.