Pros: Blade Sharpness, Lock Type, Ease of Opening, Overall Quality, Handle Material, Lock Ease of Use, Weight, Sheath, Handle Feel, Blade Material
A German sensation.
With a construction of seven major assemblies, a lockbar, the blade, the pins, a father sturdy bail, folded sheet metal handle, and pivot pin, there is little that can fail with the Black Cat. The finishing is robust yet flat; it does not negatively add to the gripping of the knife. With over a century of service, it is a massively effective, rugged, simple knife. It cuts very well, both a testament to the heat treatment, zero grind and zero edge, as well as to the overall German craftsmanship. I owned last summer a Douk Douk, and find this a superior knife by far. The spear point is sharp to the tip, and required no sharpening, unlike the Douk Douk. The tip is robust, yet sharp. A great knife for a first time user, or anyone. It is also about 2.6 oz, making it very easy to carry, but not obsessively thick. A great buy, and WONDERFUL customer service. The lock is also rather durable. It is suggested oiling the major mechanisms.