Solid Utility folder with Self Defense potential.
You either like Emerson knives, or you don't. Emerson puts classic materials & machining to classic use. It'll be up to you if the price is right or not. As I got into my 30's, I started appreciating smaller every-day knives. No longer bound by some imaginary need for a giant "combat" folding knife. Emerson's "mini" knives like this, sit not only at a lower price-point (most of the time), but also ride lighter in the pocket. The simple, good old Wave feature is always quick & cool, but you can easily bypass that opening method by curling your index finger around the closed knife as it exits your pocket, & then use the thumb-disc. I own tons of high-end factory knives & some customs, but Emerson pieces always find their way back into my pocket. If you can understand that the "legend" & hype of Ernest's designs is actually somewhat justified, and based on many years of positive customer feedback, it's easier to swallow the fact that you're buying a fairly pricey knife that uses time-tested 1990's-Era factory technology. American manufacture is very nice too in 2013. Nothing super high-tech here, just a great blade shape, a great warranty, good steel, a tough handle & overall, a knife that will not fall apart or fail even under duress or unorthodox use.