Pros: Lock Type, Ease of Opening, Blade Sharpness, Handle Feel, Overall Quality, None
Cons: Blade Material, Pocket Clip, Weight, Handle Material
S&W Spec Ops 3.7"
The Good Very good knife for the Money, solidly built, assisted opening is overbuilt and very durable, I took the knife apart and the torsion bar is massive its a very thick very wide spring, brands like Kershaw, and others, use a piece of spring tempered wire for there assisted opening mechanisms, that works fine, but you can hear and feel the difference in power, you can just open the knife and the speed and vigor that the blade comes out is evidence of that massive torsion bar, the "thwack" compared to the "click" of other assisted opening designs shows the difference in design. The handle has grip tape on it which is a hit against the knife, it just tears up your pants pocket, although it is removable you just peel it off, exposing a smooth aluminum scale. Even without the grip tape you can get a very good purchase, your hand will not slip I would prefer G10 handle scales but you can either get G10 or assisted opening for the cost, your choice . the flow through design is not only strong its easy to clean. All in all a well built knife. The Bad The blade steel is 4034 stainless, its not a great blade steel, it will take a sharp edge but it wont hold it, there are plenty of other steels that would be better 8cr13mov for one, and companies are selling knives for the same (or less) with better steel (kershaw, spyderco, benchmade, ect.). However you will not get assisted opening knives, or the Overbuilt tank like the S&W line (taylor knives) So its a tradeoff, The knives are also big and bulky compared to other 3.5- 4" knives and they are also heavy for there size. but again they are built like tanks, the liners and lock are very thick the torsion bar is massive, so you are sacrificing weight for durability. I had a Carbon fiber S&W swat limited edition for the longest time, ( a cop stole it, but thats a story for another day) And I loved it, so when I went to buy a new knife I of course went straight for S&W. I have since caught the knife collecting bug, and have moved on to other higher quality ( much more expensive) knives, but I went back into my drawer of over 70 folding knives and 30 or so fixed blades, I grabbed the Spec Ops and still have nothing bad to say about it, the steel wouldnt be my first choice, it seems as its too soft for a good blade steel, bu that could be the heat treatment. who knows. I still like the S&W knives I have, but looking at them now and for the money they have some stiff competition. However you will be hard pressed to find such a solidly built assisted opening knife for the price, regardless of the steel choice. I cant say you should buy one, that is up to you, It wouldnt be my first choice, or my first recommendation, but if you just love the looks, you will not be disappointed with the quality and the durability of the S&W line