I currently have two Strider SMF knives in my collection. One is the DGG SMF with S30V steel (full flat grind) and digicam blade, the other is a tri-brid SMF with S110V steel (3/4 grind) with a full lego G10 scale and a concealed carry titanium scale.
I have had no lock up problems with either knife - no horiz or vert blade play. Full disclosure - I have had the DGG for about one year and the tri-brid for about 7 months.
I do not disassemble them - as others have said - Strider frowns upon it, as many others in the past have had to send their knives back after taking them apart and incorrectly reassembling them. Some were putting the pivot back in reverse, some were screwing up the threads.
They work just fine with gloves - thats the beauty of the double choil.
I do not use lanyards with them - I used to have one on the DGG but I took it off one day due to boredom. Lanyards are no problem as long as you take the inner strands out of the paracord and only tie the lanyard thru the titanium scale. The knives come out of the pocket just fine without them.
My real world feedback - if you want to do a lot of cutting then look into the full flat grind blades. The 3/4 grind blades are designed more for prying. They still cut ok just not as good as the FFG.
I would consider concealed carry scales unless you really need to use the knife as a pry bar - they carry easier and feel better in the hand.
Dual gunner grip scales are the stuff - the grip is crazy - but the knife will absolutely destroy your pants. I carry my DGG in a molle belt sheath when I carry it.
The double choil is a love/hate relationship - it allows for a lot of knife control and a comfortable grip, but you do sacrifice cutting edge. If I have a LOT of cutting to do, like cardboard boxes, I will typically not reach for my Striders, but instead grab a knife that has cutting edge all the way back to the handle.
Never had to use Strider customer service so I can't comment about that - but from my research and time spent on another forum they do appear to be readily accessible and if you follow the process it seems that most have a positive experience.
Good luck - let us know what your experiences are once you get yours in hand and get to use it.
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