This is my SNG.
The knife had some serious problems when it arrived a while back, like a very bad lockup with much up and down bladeplay, and a stop pin that fell out of the blade while opening and closing the knife.
Started a thread on Bladeforums about this some time ago which continued for quite a while, and in the end had the offer from one of the Strider employees to send it back.
But being on the other side of the ocean and living in a country where custom officials are downright thieves, i decided to correct the problems myself.
I managed to get hold of another, bigger stop-pin that consisted of two parts which i press-fitted into the existing hole using some Locktite.
The titanium slab needed some adjustment where the stop-pin hits it when open, but in the end everything worked out fine.
Also bended the locking part of the titanium a little further inward.
The pivot screw is held in position with a little bit of white teflon tape, the stuff that plumbers use.
The knife now opens with a loud 'clack', and has a perfect lockup without any form of bladeplay whatsoever.
Since then this SNG has become a major part of my EDC, together with a Spyderco Military SE.
It's used mainly for cutting down heavy cardboard boxes, opening tough blister packages, and a variety of other duties, sometimes even light prying.
It is my opinion that the carbides in S30V need enough support from it's matrix to stay in place and keep performing, especially for more heavy duty cutting, so after some testing i have given the blade a convex edge with a
40 degree microbevel, which is easily maintained on the Spyderco Sharpmaker.
The blade keeps this edge for a very long time for me.
The handle design however is what sets this knife apart form others.
It allows me a secure and rocksolid grip in a few different handpositions while exerting quite a lot of force on the knife itself.
There is no way your hand is going to slip forward or backwards.
I now also have the models SMF and GB.