Cold Steel really has no competition in this price range for a serious working , hard use , survival or SD folder .
If you just want a cool looking , fidgety flipper for casual use, there are tons of other brands that will be easier and prettier .
This ^^^ ! :cool::thumbsup::thumbsup:
Vaquero is much better slasher / slicer but can still stab .
Serrated for SD is best .
PE if for lots of utility use . Not much fun to sharpen this type SE , IMO .
As much as I love and admire AD's designs , I'd have trouble paying $150 for this level of materials .
I paid $105 plus tax for the Cold Steel AD-10 . Great smooth Tri-ad lock and better quality materials all around .
Yes , I understand this is new and smaller scale production ...but I'm...
Ideally , you find the sweet spot between absolute safety and usability .
A very common complaint for Cold Steel Tri-ad lock folders is the difficulty of opening .
This problem tends to ease with normal use / breaking in, but there are also short cuts to weaken the spring .
I've never had any Fallkniven to compare , but I do have several ~40 yo Cold Steel, Carbon V and San Mai , Kraton handles knives that are still fine .
But they never were exposed to harsh solvents or excessive heat .
Only similar one with safety I've had is the Gryst .
With sufficient practice , fast one handed deployment was not a problem . YMMV .
However , I do take your point . I'd much prefer a design that does NOT require a safety .
I'm totally cool with makers taking zero /neutral positions , i.e. not getting involved .
I actually much prefer business / corporate entities to NOT become involved politically .
But , when they do , very obviously choose a side ...it best be righteous . ;)
Nonsense ! Nothing wrong with the Ken Onion AO's .
If it comes with a safety ...use it ! That should be just common sense , IMO .
I carried a Blur and a ZT Scavenger for years with zero problems . Neither comes with a safety .
BM is overpriced and has many functional and QC problems reported...