I don't know why so many people complained about the GE when it came out. They didn't like the Spydie hole especially. Also complaints about the back lock being hard on their fingers. I'm left handed and have screwy fingers (messed up tendons). I've owned a few knives with cutouts that I just didn't enjoy because of one of those 2 things. I think the ring/ramp on the GE is brilliant. I could open it with no problem, and yes - breaks in nicely. but you've got to use it for that to happen. The GE is a great knife for the $, and mine might be the sharpest production knife I've ever gotten. Kind of sorry I sold it, it did so much right.