Pros: Blade Material, Handle Feel, Weight, Handle Material, None
Cons: Lock Ease of Use, Ease of Opening
Great-Looking Folder w/ A Few Oversights
The Good:• Handle - very nicely done with both texture and appearance. This knife really draws a lot of attention because of the polished ridges and matte finished valleys. In terms of size it's perfect for EDC. My favorite aspect of this knife is definitely the scales.• Blade is sharp and utilitarian. At this price point there are no worries using this as a working knife and the stonewash finish is nicely executed.The Bad:• I have several Kizer knives and they all seem to suffer from some inattention to detail or possibly haste in the crafting process. Some would say "You get what you pay for" but in all honesty I have seen some very inexpensive Kershaw frame locks that don't have workmanship oversights. In this case the grind on the blade is uneven all along the swedge. When you look at the blade from the top, the profile is uneven and the tip is offset. It does not impair functionality, but it's annoying because the craftsman's attention to detail was mediocre and it also did not get caught in quality control. The Kizers I own have been purchased for EDC working knives so it's not a big deal but I have noticed one or more workmanship defects in every knife of this brand that I own.• The pivot is washers on this model and the knife does not fire well until it's been broken in for quite a while.•Some of the surfaces such as along the edge of the frame lock have not been beveled (again a shortcut) and are actually unreasonably sharp.Ultimately this is a great-looking, reasonably priced knife made from solid materials. Some labor corners are obviously being cut to keep costs down, which is not entirely unexpected given Kizer's value proposition which is to present a product that often sells for $250 to $300 based on the materials and make it in China to bring the price down.