As much as I like Ken's work, and as much as I appreciate that this is a beautiful knife, I likely would not have bought one. That has more to do with me not buying a whole heck of a lot of knives these days in favor of more functional multitools and SAKs. That having been said, it is a nice knife and I am very thankful to the folks at CRKT for giving me one to take home!
The aluminum handle on this one makes it amazingly light and the sleek handles make it feel
very elegant. I would prefer a slight recurve to the blade though, but that's a personal preference. I would consider grinding the blade away a bit to give me that sweet recurve except the markings on the front side of the blade would be ruined!
For those keeping track, I did manage to meet Ken this year, which I enjoyed greatly. He's a really nice guy to talk to, and I did like a lot of his Kershaw designs, I haven't until now gotten into any of his CRKT stuff. The man is not a one trick pony as he may have appeared with so many versions of the Speed Safe opener, as this knife so richly proves.
This is a sweet knife and at an MSRP for only $60, it's not a bad deal at all.