Pros: Pocket Clip, Blade Sharpness, Blade Material, Handle Material, Handle Feel, Weight, Ease of Opening, Overall Quality
Cons: Lock Ease of Use, Lock Type, None
This is a neat knife!
This is a neat knife! The carbon fiber scales class up the knife and help turn it into a Gentleman's Folder. They're matte finished and textured and give a good grip, unlike other folders with polished carbon fiber scales that can get slick. A pet peeve of mine is that many EDCs have handles longer than necessary for the blade length, but not the Chaparral. The handle couldn't be any shorter and contain the blade. The handle is shaped well and, with the jimping on the spine and choil, the knife fits my hand great and doesn't shift. Some have complained that the blade isn't thick enough, but this is a Gentleman's Folder/EDC and a thicker blade would only make the knife thicker. The blade is long enough, well shaped and SHARP. Although it's not apparent in the photos, the pocket clip is blackened. This compliments the dark gray carbon fiber scales and is low key. All in all this is a great knife.It looks expensive, is compact, tolerances are tight and it's ergonomic. One thing I think could be improved is the location of the backlock. It looks good, but I have to shift my grip to use it. I wish there were a provision for a lanyard, but given how short the handle is, I doubt there's room for a lanyard hole in the handle and it would probably have to be attached to the spine someplace.