Pros: Lock Type, Pocket Clip, Blade Sharpness, Blade Material, Handle Material, Lock Ease of Use, Weight, Ease of Opening, Overall Quality
Cons: Handle Feel, Sheath, None
This knife is one valuable folder. AUS-8A steel, Ontario quality (Made in Taiwan), and designed by the reputable Joe Pardue makes this knife a definite keepsake. If I could make a comparison to another knife, the Utilitac II would be against the higher-end Ka-Bar MULE folders also made in Taiwan with AUS-8 steel, approximately $45 on Knifecenter (The $27 model is for the low-end model made in china that uses lower quality steel but it has G-10 handles instead of Zytel handles). However, the Utilitac II feels lighter in hand and is more versatile in the design compared to the MULE.4-point pocket clip (Torx tool required), liner lock and the inclusion of a lanyard was a nice touch, but it can get in the way sometimes. The blade came sharp out of the box, and the edge had a somewhat "unique" bevel. The angles were even at the tip but tapered more into a chisel grind as it came closer to the handle. Cutting was still simple nonetheless. The handle design nicely contours to my grip and the jimping on the spine of the blade and handle really helps in maintaining the grip.The only problem with the knife is the texturing on the handles, which does not give a lot of traction. HOWEVER, Ontario does offer Utilitac II's with more textured handles, for the same price too. I can't complain too much about this though since this was my fault for choosing to forgo the higher texture handles. Great knife overall!