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First a disclosure: I am a knife snob so take my comment with a grain of salt. The design of this knife is excelent adn the emerson wave is the best opening gimic around in my opinion. The problem withthis knife is the cheap steel used on the blade. It will not hold an edge for very long...of course it is only $22 bucks and as $22 knives go i don;t think you could do better than this. I would like to see a drop for a proper Emerson knife. Last I checked they make their knives from CM154 which while not the best, is an excelent knife steel.
You could do way better than this, for less. Buy a Ganzo.
Ganzo in this price range is spec's no better than the Kershaw. Kershaw, having the Emerson wave, is a superior design imo
Ganzos 440c is well treated, and the axis lock up is solid as a rock. $14 for a $140 Rift knock off, is a steal. I have 2 Ganzo flippers, and after a bit of refining, they honestly are a solid knife, and amazing value. They sharpen well, everything is centered . And I ain't worried about losing it. Main issue was slightly canted blade geometry, which was fixed in 10 minutes, and they are slow to open (I use an automatic microtech or HTM, or ikbs spyderco as my edc) . Anyone that wants a cheap, good quality flipper should be looking at them. They are the current bargain.
Glad you are happy with them. As a Knife collector, user, and maker, I have found no better opening design than the emerson wave. Blade is safely deployed faster than any automatic knife I own or have ever played with since drawing it from your pocket deploys the blade. With an automatic you have to draw it, find the button, and press it. Emerson wave is legal everywhere unlike automatic and assisted opening kinves. For the price, you should try this kershaw version. I am certain that once you do you will likely want to buy a proper emerson. They typically use 154CM for their blades.
...except that you just acknowledged that you're buying a ripped off design from a Chinese company, instead of buying from an American company. If Ganzo starts producing original designs, they would be worth looking at.
Heh, I never said Benchmade was good value for money. Ganzo is! Neither was I grading them on originality. What was your argument again? That things have to be original to be good/sell well? Hmm, that goes against every pop record/Oscar movie ever.