Man, I was getting depressed about buying my CS Gunsite reading this. That is until I took it out of my pocket and was instatnly reminded that I like this knife. I honestly do not believe some of you know what you are talking about. As a utility knife, sure the AFCK is a little more ideal. And the material quality is higher with such knives as well. Then again it should be: They cost 30 - 40 clams more. But if you're going to pull out a four inch blade against someone with two inches more reach on his knife (one inch on the blade, one on the handle) and equal fighting skills, you're in trouble. Yes yes, I know that combat is an almost never a situation, but to say that this knife has no ability is absurd. Forget about what the knife LOOKS like; it is a pretty good tool. The serrations cut as well as, if not better than, a BM's. The steel does get sharper easyier than ATS-34, though admitedly it doesn't hold the edge QUITE as long. AUS-8A is also a tougher steel than the over rated, finicky, inconsistant ATS-34. Oh yeah, and the clip was a big surprise to me. It is the least noticable and inocent looking clip I have seen(Hey, I can't stand nosey people, alright?), and it dosn't seem to lack any strength. I think it is a mistake for CS to hve decided to switch to steel clips on future knives (a marketing decision no doubt).
I am not outright supporting this knife though, in case you're planning on buying one. Something should be done to prevent the pinns from slipping, which is what I believe happened on the throwing experiment above. This however is rarely going to happen unless subjected to obviouse abuse. The knife's lock does hold a lot of torque (see that annoying Proof video), so the pins don't go anywhere fast. The comments about the jerky, tight action are also true. The tightness of my Gunsite wore off, but the jerkyness didn't. With a Dremel, I was able to remedy this however by grinding and polishing down the tang.