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What could be better
- - Beautiful Tashi design, very sleek, clean, elegant lines and yet still functional. Some people get hung up over not having a traditional sharpening choil but I think it is just fine the way it is. There is a very slight recurve on blade edge. Looks beautiful opened and closed. 5 stars upfront just for looks - the heart wants what the heart wants.
- - Exceptional workmanship from Reate, this thing is very well made. Perfectly centered. Hand polished satin blade is a work of art. Titanium handle is so seamless, tolerances are so fine, it feels like an integral handle even though its not.
- - I like how the flipper tab doesn't protrude much and the arched handle shape allows the hand to stay out of the way for flat cutting board type usage like a typical chef's knife.
- - Handle shape is a bit angular yet contoured and is actually comfortable and ergonomic, allowing for grip adjustment without any finger grooves/cut-outs forcing finger placement. Should fit most hands except for people with Hulk hands.
What I hate
- - I found the flipper sharp but not as bad as some reviews make it out to be (just my opinion that its tolerable, I understand why some people find it really sharp because it surprised me at first as well!). The pivot placement relative to the flipper surface angle makes opening the knife a little bit different from typical flippers. The best way I found to open it is to rotationally flick the flipper from top part of flipper tab (like spinning a sprocket wheel rather than flipping a light switch), rather than pushing into the flipper tab which makes it dig into your finger tip giving that sharp feeling. The sharp flipper tab may have actually been part of the design to give traction to finger when spinning rather than flipping the tab. Would not consider this a fun flipping toy, its more a cutting tool. You flip out when you need to use it and then put it away.
- - Takes some effort to access lock bar to close knife. Wouldn't recommending closing this knife with one hand by using technique where you rest thumb on lock bar and have your thumbnail catch flipper/unsharpened portion of blade on the way down. The flipper shape and the angle of blade when overcoming the detente in closing makes this method a low error margin/high risk endeavour. Can be done with practice but I prefer my thumb the way it is.
- - Flipping action was a touch stiff at first but after working in a bit, it was perfectly acceptable.
- - One major hotspot hitting forefinger on handle corner where lockbar cut away starts in knife. Corner was not chamfered. Not very noticeable unless gripping tightly or under prolonged use. The tip of angular pocket clip is the other hotspot.
- - My box arrived crushed too. Yeah, packaging could be better. Tracking was fine for me, shipping took 3 weeks. Shipping tracking info depends on where you live. So that's shipping, not the knife, and won't affect my rating.
- - I said it before, I'll say it again. That Massdrop logo on the blade is like a turd cherry topping this delicious piece of metal art. Please omit in the next run. I would buy another piece just to see it gone. Minus one star for that.
- - [Edit 10 Dec 2019] They just discounted the price from $280 to $200. Previous price was a tad high in my view but I still bought. $200 is good value. But changing the pricing like this is a serious snub to the people who joined the drop in March this year, who paid $280 up front and waited ~6 months for delivery (albeit they got a $10 coupon and a serialized piece with aluminium cert.... woah!). I will have to reconsider joining any future drops at DROP since doing so has serious disadvantages (paying up front and waiting for months for delivery, possible changes from prototypes in final version, not seeing final version product reviews before buying, not getting it on discount when they can't move the product because it was priced high to begin with). Looking back, rather than joining a drop, I would have been better off waiting for the sale when it was in stock on almost every purchase I've made at DROP so far.
- - [Edit 03 Jan 2020] I bought another one while they were on sale and received it today. This knife is just so damn beautiful. Perfectly centered, perfectly symmetrical blade and handle, even under a magnifying glass. I love it. Hurry up and take my money! :p
"turd cherry topping" I laughed out loud. I have no idea why they insist on putting their awful logo on the knives.
Totally agree with your view of the price dropping.
I stopped buying the knives altogether because of that, I’m glad I’m not the only one. Horrible look.
Yours is third review I've read on review pages for four different knives that has expressed some variation of the idea: prepaying in advance of the product drop makes no sense and I'm not likely to do so in the future. And I heartily support that. I resolved that I was done pre-paying during the simultaneous Spyderco SG2 and original Perpetua run debacles. I made an exception for the Thresher because I wanted one, and because Mike Gavac seemed like he was going to be very involved with the project, which he was.
Otherwise though, I've never bought a Drop product until it's been in-stock. And it's been just fine. I haven't had to wait any longer than people who prepaid, and if I really don't want to pay the extra $10 or $20, I just find the knife I want on EBay. In fact, I check there first now because I almost always find what I'm looking for either brand new or very nearly, and if it often isn't significantly cheaper, and it's almost always a little less expensive. And it doesn't take a month to ship.