Pros: Handle Material, Blade Material, Lock Ease of Use, Handle Feel, Overall Quality, Ease of Opening, None
Cons: Pocket Clip
Great addition to my EDC rotation
I don't use knives often, but I do enjoy EDCing a nice folder. I've owned folders worth up to $850 and while the more expensive customs can be fun to have, I've found the ~$150 range has one of the best balances of cost, quality and design in the industry for folders. In this price range I like many brands, but am partial to Spydercos because of how practical and utility-focused the designs are. Emersons have very attractive designs in general, but their production knives tend to be on the slightly expensive side next to comparable folders in consideration of quality and materials. The Horseman however seems fairly priced for an Emerson, so I thought it would be worth a shot to give it a try. Knife Center did a great job in making sure I got a quality folder. The blade came centered and the lock up was early. The ergonomics are very comfortable. The G-10 was fairly aggressive, but I just rubbed the scales on an old pair of jeans until the texture smoothed just enough to not tear apart my pockets in my nicer pants. I like to buy $100+ jeans, so protecting the pocket is important for me.Usage: The blade didn't seem to work too well in breaking down the box the knife was shipped in. I'm used to using my Spyderco Military and Paramilitary 2 and the full flat grind works great. Compared to those knives, the flat-saber grind on the Horseman didn't fair too well. Don't get me wrong, it worked well enough. But it wasn't nearly as smooth and the full flat grinds on my Spydercos. The Horseman surprisingly didn't do too bad on tomatoes and sausages, however.Sharpening 154cm is kind of a relief. I sharpen freehand with ceramics and there's a very noticeable difference between 154cm and the newer steels, even S30V. I enjoy the ease of sharpening that 154cm brings. I don't care too much about super long edge retention. They can be a pain in the ass to sharpen if you let them get too dull. Anything from a nicely heat treated 440C (sometimes even AUS-8A) or better is fine for me. All in all, I'm very happy with my purchase. I bought the Horseman to add variety to my daily rotation. I'm comfortable with Emerson's liner lock for emergency situations. The wave feature is always nice to have. The ergos are great on the knife. I'm sure it would work admirably in the rare case that I might need it in some emergency situation. Don't fall for the hype of all the latest and greatest never-get-dull-because-it-has-a-300-HRC steels. 154cm is a fine steel.