Pros: Handle Feel, Weight, Blade Sharpness, None
Cons: Lock Ease of Use, Ease of Opening, Pocket Clip, Overall Quality
Not what I expected.
I'm the owner of an other Paraframe I knife. That knife wants to be deployed. Pushing the blade out it seems to snap out with little effort. This knife does not have such intent. While the profile of the blade is very impressive. Opening it requires much more effort. It is very stiff. No matter the angle on the way to locking it resists opening. Once opened the linerlock often sticks requiring extra effort to unlock. I know this is a rather inexpensive knife. But if there is a 'characteristic' of paraframes that they were trying to maintain. This knife fails to do so. Comparing again with my first Paraframe I. There are design details that are also different. The screws that hold it together seems to protrude just a bit more. They are quite easy to feel. Where as on the earlier model, they are just under the surface. Also the handle on my first had some beveling details that are missing on this newer knife. The clip also is very different. It has a very pronounced zigzag. The very end of which seems to stand out from the knife handle a bit more than previous. Sadly also there is play in the clip, enough that if it moves toward the blade opening upon closing the knife the cut outs in the handle become accessible to a finger tip. Better be mindful of where you put your fingers when closing. One nice detail on the clip is the Gerber name on it. Again this series of knives are not very expensive. But I would think Gerber would want to establish a "legend" that is consistent for a particular design. This model or production run took a few quality short cuts. I'll keep this knife cause I like how it looks. But if I encounter it out in the world, it will be interesting to note if production quality is the same as this first run.