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I have a lot of buyers remorse over this knife. I bought it primarily because of the button lock feature and I wanted to experience a Protech offering.
I cannot recommend the black finish. It seems very fragile and nicks and scratches easily. It also seems to emphasize these imperfections. I also think the blade is not very sharp. In trying to cut leather lace for a lanyard, I had to not only press very hard, but also rock the blade to complete the cut. The Spyderco Pm2 cuts this lace effortlessly. Same for the Chaves Redencio.
The knife just feels cheap while holding it. There is no comparison to offerings from Ruike and Bestech that utilize the same steel but cost more than $100 less. I also am having problems finding the button lock with my thumb, without first looking carefully for the button and placing the thumb on it. I cannot seem to find the button by feel alone. This may change as I get more familiar with the knife, but it is very annoying when I want to close the blade quickly.
Unless you are a button lock fanatic, or want to buy USA made knives, there is no reason to buy this knife at the current price point. This is, at best, a $100 knife.
I'm not sure if you're aware, but you can actually sharpen knives
Indeed you can. But, should I have to sharpen a $240.00 knife straight from the factory?? I think not. I do have a TS Prof system, and put an edge on it today. I was expecting a much harder time given the advertised steel, but it did not take too much time. Factory edge was 25 degrees approx, so I decided to reprofile it.
Many do not have a sharpening system, or access to one.
If one can afford a $240 knife, one can afford $30 for a pair of Lansky sharpening systems that make it razor sharp.
Sure, you shouldn't have to sharpen an expensive knife from factory, but fuck ups happen, and while it's a pain, it's really not that bad more does it merit 2 stars imo
The rating was not just for the sharpening. Other factors went into it.
In this shopping format, I expect that a lot of people new to knives and with no sharpening experience may be getting introduced to the hobby by being exposed to knives they would not otherwise see on other sites. Even people who have been in the hobby for awhile may not have any experience in sharpening and just buying a kit does not always mean a sharp knife as an end result. Here is a link to an interesting video to a guy wih a lot of experience sharpening knives on stones who bought a wicked edge system. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T7OXRgaEyek
I have never owned a coated knife that dosent scratch and its not possible to making a coating thats impervious case and point coatings scratch. Secondly the pm2's are ground incredibly thin and being ffg blades they cut extremely well but they are incredibly delicate imo too delicate as ive chipped and rolled edges cutting pretty soft materials. Third the stuff from bestech and ruike may be decent but its not made in the states and chinese slave labor is cheap along with little to no overhead. Fourth those of us that like button locks dont want a huge button that sticks out and gets in the way.
So much for someone leaving an honest review.
Plenty of positive reviews here and on youtube if you search!! Its a button lock flipper designed by ferrum forge and made by the premier company protech. I can say its protech with its fit, finish, action and centering. I can also say its a bit thick behind the edge and thats fine for tough use but its still shaving sharp and the deep carry clip provides positive retention and hides well. I can provide tons of reviews on blades and have owned countless brands and prices but the op was trying to compare to chinese made stuff thats cheap for a reason! It has the typical protech button thats flush or slightly recessed just like its automatics.