Pros: Lock Type, Blade Material, Handle Feel, Blade Sharpness, None
Cons: Ease of Opening, Overall Quality
disappointing, had potential
Firstly, i did not buy this knife through knifecenter. It was purchased from the hollow grind, and the fellow there (dave i think?) Was a great guy to deal with, offering me support he really didnt have to, nothing but positive things to say about that. However, the knife itself has been a huge headache. Arrived with one black screw. Really surprising and annoying, but i rubbed the black finish off the head and you really couldnt tell so i was fine with that. Screws began to loosen immediately, and within a few days, one fell out, and since i was in the woods it was hopelessly lost. Dealer sent me a replacement screw no problem. Within a week, the spring broke at the little hook that mates it to carrier slide. Repair required a special bit to disassemble. The need for constant tightening of the screws, even after the application of blue loctite, and repeated disassembly to fix the spring which broke three more times, caused every screw to eventually strip the very fine threads of the t6 aluminum they screwed into to secure the faceplate. After that, with not much else to lose i coated some black sewing thread around the handle where i could without impeding the trigger slide. Actually worked fine. Lasted that way for about a year, then the glass breaker screw that held on the pocket clip stripped. Two weeks later and the spring broke again. I really liked the design and materials used for this knife, especially the s35vn blade which i favor over any other steel i have yet to try, and the tight tolerances it is made to but it has broken in almost every way it can from the very start despite me babying it. I wanted a microtech for years and years and to have this experience at this price point is truly ridiculous. Hopefully mine was a "lemon" but i felt i should make other potential buyers aware. My ultratech was also ridiculously stiff to fire and even harder to to retract. Very frustrating, especially considering the lightning otf i paid 20 bucks for for my coworker last christmas has seen nothing but abuse (we work construction and its nice to have an otf when youre at the top of an extension ladder with a nail gun in your other hand) and is none the worse for wear except for paint chips on the handle. The machining isnt anywhere near as nice and precise, and there is a good bit more play in the blade but at least it works.