Pros: Blade Sharpness, Handle Material, Overall Quality, Pocket Clip, Ease of Opening, Handle Feel, Weight, Lock Ease of Use, Blade Material
Cons: Lock Type, None
Awesome EDC knife
I don't believe that writing a review a few hours after you receive a product lets you really express the quality of that product. I have been using this knife for regular EDC uses since the beginning of June. That is almost 4 months. Now I am not one that is going to put a ton of hard use on my knife and don't want to spend a ton of money for a higher quality knife. But at the same time, I wanted a knife that I would not have to replace all the time. At $50, this is a great deal. It is light, takes a wicked edge, and has amazing corrosion resistance because of the N680 steel and the lack of liners. The locking mechanism is tight and there is very little play. I also am a big fan of the clip. It carries tip up and is reversible for left and right hands. Very sturdy and will not come off accidentally. On the down side, the handles are pretty thick. This lets you get a good grip but also takes up excess space in the pocket. Something else to be wary of about the lock is the ease of access. When cutting, I feel my thumb on the lock button and you have to be careful not to squeeze to hard and make the blade fold on to your fingers. It 4 months of use, this has not even come close to happening and I don't think it will but just something to be careful of. Overall, very good blade for normal EDC tasks, and it is a genuine Benchmade product. You get the benefits of their outstanding customer service and lifesharp program. For the military/LE pou (nutnfancy reference there), go with something a little more robust. But for anyone who puts a normal amount of use on their knive, I say go for it.