Pros: Lock Type, Pocket Clip, Blade Sharpness, Blade Material, Handle Material, Handle Feel, Weight, Ease of Opening, Overall Quality
Cons: Lock Ease of Use, None
Truly a monster knife!
I've been looking at the XL Espada ever since it came out. Finally decided to purchase the cheaper G10 version of the knife and I have to say I'm very impressed with it. This knife dwarfs the rest of the folders and even most of the fixed blades in my knife collection.You just don't realize how massive it is until you hold it in your hands. This is one monstrous folder, yet it fits in most of my pants pockets though I doubt I'll be carrying it often.Blade came shaving sharp out of the box and the angles on the blade are nice and symmetrical. The handle is extremely grippy G10, rough like sandpaper - no slipping here. The thumb plate snags nicely on the seam of your pocket, allowing you to whip it out surprisingly quick. The pocket clip works well, but the knife sticks out about 2.5 inches when it's in your pocket - but that's to be expected in a folder this size. It locks up real tight with no wiggle or play whatsoever and with the tri-ad lock you don't have to worry about the lock failing and that massive blade closing on your fingers anytime soon.The lock is the only downside with the knife so far. It's quite hard to close and it takes a lot of pressure to depress the lock far enough to close the blade and your thumb will get sore after playing with it for a while.