Pros: Overall Quality, Lock Type, Ease of Opening, Weight, Blade Material, None
Cons: Pocket Clip
Very good folder compromised
This knife works very well for everyday household and utility tasks. For ordinary uses, AUS 8 remains, on my view, the best overall steel for the money. It takes a sharp edge, holds the edge, and is very easy to resharpen. The assisted opener works well, although not with the force and snap of some other manufacturer's knives (e.g. Benchmade). The Arc-Lock works well, but there is some play in the blade once locked and opened. The knife in drop-point is stunning.The problem is the absolutely awful pocket clip. Viewing the knife from the top and looking at the blade, with the butt pointed away from you, the clip exits from the back end of the knife and extends about 4mm. The clip then bends 90 degrees to the right about 9 mm, and then bends another 90 degrees down the right side of the handle. Simply put the squared clip extends from the butt of the blade before running down the side, and this leaves a four-cornered boxed area of the clip to dig into the fleshy part of the palm.Who knows what SOG was thinking -- trying to make the knife less noticeable in the pocket, perhaps -- but the design of the pocket clip quickly makes the hand sore. I considered just removing the clip, but that does not seem possible. The pocket clip design renders the knife unpleasant to use and will relegate the knife to the knife box, with other knives that possess well-intended but unusable design features.