Posted By: David
9 people found this review helpfulI've had this knife for two days. Is it worth the price? For me it is. The action is smooth--tight but smooth. The tension holding the blade closed is adequate for me. It feels like a safe, functional knife. The button lock feels positive. The ergonomics are great. The aesthetics are great. There are no sharp edges except for the blade edge, and the blade edge came paper-cutting sharp. The bevels are uniform. In my opinion, ZDP-189 can't match the sharpness of carbon steels like L6, O1, or 1095, but with a (presumed) RC hardness of 67, time will tell if I can coax out more sharpness over time. The blade geometry provides an excellent platform for an excellent cutter should you ever decide to actually use this beautiful tool. Suffice it to say, ZDP-189 is a top notch steel, and the knife came out of the box impressively sharp. It should stay that way for a long time if the knife is used as intended. The weight came in at 2.3 ounces on my digital scale. The length of the blade is just under three inches, which provides a small comfort zone on three inch or less carry restrictions. I like the knife enough that I plan on getting a B30-Saturn.
In my opinion, William Henry (WH) knives are a different breed from other flippers. It's not an apples to apples comparison. WH claims that you are paying for materials, attention to detail, and finish. From my perspective, that appears to be right. For me, WH knifes are in a class of their own, including the “economy” ones. If you want what they are offering, I don't know where else you can get it. For me, buying this B12 Atlas is like buying one of the least expensive houses in a very expensive neighborhood. Not a bad place to live.
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