Well, I surely didn't. I have been waiting with baited breath for this thing and now that it's finally in my hands, I'm giddy. To me, this knife is just so cool in so many ways. It's the right color, right shape, right blade design, right clip design, etc. There's not a lot of bad things to say about it. But there are plenty of good things to say when it comes to this really high value blade.
Alright, let's start with the blade itself. It is Chinese made 8Cr13MoV. Since the steel type doesn't have a fancy name like VG-10 or Aus-8, let's examine this steel in detail and see what we have. The 8 represents the carbon content, which is .80 - not a lot eh? Maybe. I don't know. What I do know is that carbon gives the edge better retention and hardness. It also resists wear really well and increases tensile strength of the steel itself. Cr is Chromium, or Chrome for short. Steels with Cr in them are generally stainless steel if the percentage is high enough, which is where 13 comes in. The steel is 13% Chromium, which by definition makes this blade stainless steel. Chromium increases hardness, toughness, resistance to wear, and most importantly (to me) resists rust. Mo is Molybdenum, which in addition to making the steel tough and hard, makes it machinable, which really means it's easy to put a fine edge on the blade. V is Vandium, which makes the steel a fine grain steel, and increases durability. So what you have is a low cost, high performing steel that takes and holds a good edge, and won't rust out on you. Made in China? Who cares? It's a global economy anymore anyway. Besides, did I mention I only paid $32 for this bad boy? Try buying anything in VG-10 for that price! Okay, getting off track here. The blade itself is 2 3/4" long, hollow ground with a good blade profile. I like the classic shape. The assisted opening is a Speed Safe flipper design with thumb studs on either side, which are reversible. The edge is adequate. I had no problem slicing paper and card stock with it. I used it to cut out a coupon for a pizza. Didn't need any effort to do so. The tip of the blade comes in wide toward the end and then gets very precise right at the tip.
Spyderco Endura4, and it's smaller. Nutnfancy might take issue with that. Personally, unless it weighs more than 6-7 ounces, I don't care. Then again, I don't carry more than a couple knives at a time anyway. The frame is held together with three stylish pillars on the back, and it's solid, with no attempt at milling whatsoever. The lock is a frame lock, and if I'm correct, that black disk in the middle allows you to adjust lockup. Kershaw calls it lockbar stabilization. Okay, whatever. So I guess as the frame lock wears, you can crank that sucker down to increase lockup. That's cool. I have never needed that with any of my liner lock knives, but it's a nice gesture anyhow, especially at this price point. Moving on, there is some milled gimping at the front of the frame, and milled into the top of the blade that provides adequate traction for most utility tasks.
The pivot on this knife is good. There is no side to side end play, nor are there lockup issues. The stop pin is ideal for the sort of tasks you'd put this knife to, which is everyday light utility tasks. There are no audible sounds to suggest it is loose in any way. Overall, that's an A+.