This is an excellent and durable knife. Surprisingly light weight. I was skeptical of the compact version's length at first but it works well for almost anything. This knife doesn't suffer from the steep angle issue that most 5.11 knives suffer from, as it feels like the blade is at just the right angle when cutting. The blade is very easily flipped open by your thumb, however, it is difficult to actually flip the blade out without using the studs.