Pros: Blade Sharpness, Lock Type, Handle Material, Overall Quality, Pocket Clip, Ease of Opening, Handle Feel, Weight, Lock Ease of Use, Blade Material
This is my 2nd Emerson I've owned and it is the same excellent quality one would expect from Emerson. I look for quality knives that have function, dependability, durability, and usefulness. I use knives for utility work, camping and for self defense. I have used knives in military, law eforcement, emergency medical situations, and 2 situations of self defense. An Emerson lock holds and does not loosen with heavy use, the blade remains sharp and is easy to sharpen ( following their recommendation), and the G-10 grips will not slip with oils, soaps, blood, or grease. The Wave function makes the knife a one hand and no fingers open, provides an extended thumb rest, making an instant deployment by pulling it out of the pocket. The only possible negative I could say in the lock is a little stiffer than I like. The more knowledgable you are about knives and the purposes you want to use it for, Emerson must be a top contender. I will not buy any other brand for my personal knife use.