Pros: Blade Material, Overall Quality, Handle Material, Weight, Pocket Clip, Blade Sharpness
great as is, but could be better....
if buck had taken a few extra steps it would be a 5 star, but as is it's a 4 star. here's why. liner lock is thin and weak and moves around allot in different catch points when you open the knife. no it's just not this particular knife i own a couple vantages. all suffer from this. but....it locks when you open it and stays locked and is safe. i just like liner locks to not change where they set based on how quick open it....call it a nitpick thing. anyways, the liner is thin and weakish, not overly so and it's fine for what i'd use this knife for, but i'd like a heavier liner setup. blade design is good for a utility/box opening knife. i'd like it to be another 1/2" to 1" longer, but as is, it works and works well. the diamond wood scales are awesome and finishing on them while smooth and slick...... the cuts in the design add a little bit of grip, at least in my hand, and i don't plan on using this knife with wet hands or doing things that will cover them in blood with this knife. wrong tool for that kind of work, imho. i'd like some jimping where my thumb sets...but not a deal breaker without it. i don't care for the thumb oval. it's hard to get it open using only it, once opening no big deal, but a poor design. i'd prefer a thumb stud. i use the flipper to get it partically open, and then use my thumb to finish it. easy to do, but takes a different approach from my training of thumb studs and spyderco holes. having said all that, i like the look of the thumb oval, it looks modern and no nonsense.... but i just can't make it work as well as i'd like it to. steel is good and holds a good edge...in fact i prefer it to the s30v...and here's why. the 13c26 steel is easier to sharpen, and has decent rust resistance at least knifes i own in this steel have so far. of course i maintain them well, but i do live in sweat factory/swamp land florida...so ymmv, from mine? the 13c26 also holds a good edge for awhile. obviously so does s30v and an even longer while, but unless you are doing allot of hard cutting work...an average user won't need the benefits that the s30v supplies, imho. ymmv, from mine obviously. lastly i love that it's being made in america, and sells for a affordable price range. this knife is a keeper, and rotates in my edc collection.