That was the good, new here's the bad.
They screwed up the grind at the heel of the blade, the stock edge is dull about half an inch up from the sharpening choil. I wonder if anyone actually looked at the production prototypes? Or if the person who approved the final design was actually the same person that designed the knife? Because this is the first knife I've ever seen with a sharpening choil that has thick, flat faced blade on both sides of it.
They should either grind the blade right or not put the sharpening choil in. It took me about an hour with a drum sander to rectify the situation, but I'm happy with the results overall.
Yes, the thumbstuds are now permanently removed, it didn't bother me too much since I've done the same on virtually every other knife I've used.
Useless sharpening choil.
Post grinding, nice and sharp at the heel.
Side view of the lock while I was putting it back together. The contact patch between the stop pin and blade looks really good.