Make: Heckler and Koch (H&K)
Model: 6000012BK MP5
Price Paid: $160
Initial Impressions: Very nice knife. It feels solid and appears to be put together with care. It's also an interesting design, which is partially what attracted me to it in the first place.
Packaging: Properly sized box. The knife was in a plastic bag, which in turn was placed inside a silk-feeling drawstring pouch embossed with the company logo. In other words, very classy and impressive.
Documentation: A double sided laminated sheet that detailed the warranty, along with providing information regarding proper care (lubrication, sharpening, etc). There was also a section that you could fill out and tear off to register the knife.
Observed Quality: Very good. The knife looks and feels like a quality piece, which for this price it should.
Sharpness: OK. Some quality time with a fine ceramic rod and a strop was all took to make this blade razor sharp.
Speed of Deployment: Average, or maybe slightly above. The blade deploys with a deliberate purpose. Not lighting quick, but certainly fine for my purposes.
Solidity of Lockup: Excellent. Locks into place and refuses to move, even with downward pressure on the blade.
Blade Wobble When Deployed: None. This blade has no side-to-side play whatsoever.
Feel: Stout. Even though the handle tapers down to the point where you might wonder about the structural rigidity, you need not worry - this is one very solid handle. There is zero flex, and I suspect it could handle quite a lot of abuse before showing signs of stress.
Size: A bit too much taper toward the butt end for my hands, but not to the point where it makes the knife uncomfortable to use.
Impressions: This seems like a 'tactical' knife to me, one designed for heavy use. The handle has a substantial feel, the pattern cut into the material locks your hand in place even if the knife is wet, the over-sized index finger choil means your hand will not slide forward no matter how aggressive the stabbing motion. Even the thumb jimping and ramp are ideal for spirited usage. Not sure how useful the pommel on the butt end will be though; it's held in by only 2 screws, and there are no liners, so the only anchoring points are those screws. Not ideal if you want to use it for a 'glass breaker'. When the knife is held with your thumb on the ramp it tends to dig into you palm as well.
Clip Strength: Almost perfect. The spring tension is a little on the strong side, but I was able to get it in and out of my pocket relatively easy.
Carry Options: Tip up only, but right or left side.
Value: Very good. This knife is not cheap, but H&K put together a quality piece that I can see myself using for a really long time.
Buy Again: Definitely.
Overall Assessment: The quality is evident and the appearance is unique, so right off the bat I'm interested. H&K is a Benchmade company, but since I like their knives that's not a problem for me. The handle has a few issues when used for long periods of time, but not enough for me to be concerned. If this knife is an example of what H&K does on a regular basis then I'll be buying more of them in the future.