Pros: Handle Material, Blade Material, Handle Feel, Weight, Overall Quality, Ease of Opening, Blade Sharpness
Great, Classic Pocket Knife-BUY IT NOW!
I was just so impressed I felt I'd share my thoughts. This is a no frills, utilitarian knife for sure, yet still manages to look attractive. The ergonomics of the handle are great and the yellow plastic scales are really unique and classic looking. I have large hands and can easily get all four fingers comfortably on the knife. The blade shape is basic and stout, I had no trouble carving notches into sticks, cutting bait, fruit, string, etc. The steel is Case's CV (chrome vanadium), which is basically carbon steel. To prevent rust, I went ahead and forced a patina by sticking into an apple for five hours. It looks great! The CV steel sharpens easier than stainless (had to after a good bit of use), and in my opinion holds an edge just as long. Out of the box it came hair popping sharp, if your concerned about that. IMHO every man should know how to sharpen a blade, because if you dont have to do it to begin with, youll end up doing it later? I got it back to a razor without much effort. The slip joint is much sturdier than any other slip joint I've ever handled. When opening and closing, there is a proud "snap", and no blade play. A good bit of pressure is required for a knife this size, and that's a real plus. You can use the nail knick with ease, but there's enough blade exposed you can easily pinch open it as well. Centering is pretty much dead center. For a knife this size it's very light, and virtually disappears in my pocket until I need it. Now for fit and finish, I'll go ahead and say "it's twenty bucks". You shouldn't expect perfection at this price, although you damn near get it. Just minor fit and finish stuff, like a couple small openings around the liners, spring, and scales,some uneven grinding on the scales, and two or three unflush rivets. This doesn't bother me, because I'm not looking for something pretty and perfect to stick in my pocket, just a good knife, even though like I said, you almost get it. It's USA made, and it's upholds CaseXX's quality reputation. This is a great knife, and I can't say enough about it. It's a sodbuster, just a regular ol' working mans pocket knife.