Pros: Blade Material, Overall Quality, Lock Ease of Use, Weight, Ease of Opening
no-nonsense lock blade
I had heard about these knives and wondered if they were as good as they said. I started searching and Boom! Knifecenter had them in stock. The price was fair and I ordered one off of the easy to use website. The package arrived promptly with all the necessary documentation attached and the knife was well wrapped and protected in a cardboard box.The Mercator k55 "black Cat" locking blade is a no-nonsense knife that screams UTILITY. The knife body is black enamel, 4 1/2" long and barely 1/4" thick allowing it to lay flat in the pants pocket.There is a lanyard loop that is built sturdily enough and is held in place with rivets, not screws, so no chance of coming off. The blade is made of Solingen steel and is fairly thick and solid. The blade is pulled open and is locked and closed by use of a large protruding tab which does not catch on things as it's edges are all rounded. While a little larger than what I normally would carry, this folder has become my favourite, well suited for cleaning fish, small game, cutting rope etc.However this is NOT a knife for prying open crates, pulling nails etc as the blade hinge will be damaged. Get a solid blade knife if you intend to do that.All in all, a good solid locker with a no-nonsense look.