IMHO, it's a pure gimmicky knife. Save your money and buy something else. I've seen this knife before and was not at all impressed. I don't like the way the blade slams shut with authority, almost like a finger guillotine, definite accident waiting to happen if one is not careful. Plus, the lock on this blade must be manually tripped - it doesn't engage when the blade is opened a la a Buck 110. If you don't lock the blade, it is like a giant slip joint folder, the blade may slam shut on you accidentally. Add to all this it's got quite a blocky handle (probably is designed to around accommodating that strut mechanism) that isn;t comfortable at all. If you want a knife that has an assist opening mechanism, check out the Kershaw 1550 Black Out or 1560 Whirlwind, both designed by Ken Onion. Better looking, better made, and more functional knives. Just me 2 pennies worth...
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[This message has been edited by Dexter Ewing (edited 29 July 1999).]