With the Carter you get both brawn and beauty.
Featuring a slide-lock mechanism, a corrosion-resistant VG-10 stainless steel blade, fully-profiled G10 or Micarta scales and a deep-carry, reversible pocket clip, the Carter is the most advanced knife we've ever made. It's slim and lightweight, but fully capable in any environment. It's also fully ambidextrous, and the pocket clip can easily be removed and replaced with the included lanyard insert. The thumb disc design means that the Carter is easy to use with one hand, so it's at the ready in all situations. The Carter is going to immediately earn it's spot in your EDC rotation.
Nice carry. Very smooth.
Great First Impression, Lackluster Follow-through
Step 1: Unboxing
+ Nice packaging, very Instagram ready
Step 2: Analysis
+ Tight Fitment, well-finished materials
+ Thin primary blade grind (The closest comparable knife I can think of, to the Carter, is the Benchmade Mini Grip, which starts at $98 for S30V and plastic scales but has a thicker blade grind).
- Stiff action, Slide Lock Tabs drag on Scales when trying to unlock using one side only (instead of pinch grip).
- Tight pocket clip hangs up on thicker pants
Step 3: First Use
- Not as sharp out of the box as a $30 Ruike P801
+/- Soft steel allows for quick resharpening (a similarly priced Spyderco Native 5 lightweight [$130] offers S110V but requires an aftermarket purchase to get a deep carry clip [For $100 you get S30V which is comparable to the VG-10 on the Carter])
Step 4: One Week Update
+ After honing/resetting the edge on a Spyderco Sharpmaker at 30° the blade has held up well to light tasks
+/- After adding a few drops of extreme force lube to the pivot bushings and cycling the knife several hundred times the action has started to smooth out (for comparison the Benchmade Bugout [$120] came out of the box smooth enough to easily flip open and closed instead of requiring constant pressure on the thumb disk or blade spine)
Step 5: Two Week Update
- After light use (cutting nothing more substantial than paper goods or packing tape), the clip side scale has started shifting (laterally) under the pivot stud, making an audible click when squeezing the knife…
Cool online. Ehh in person.
I caved and tried one. I admit the product packaging looked amazing. It seemed like a good value as well. Once I got it I was impressed with the packaging but found the knife much smaller then I thought. Fit and finish was decent. Most notably was the poor choice of blade steel. S35 or better would have been more of a value and I'd have paid more. The opening was a little wonky. Sometime I had a good grip and it flicked right open. Others I slipped off the tab. I am just not sure what they are going for. This is one of their cheaper models and although it does feel a little cheap they seem to be going in a confusing direction with pricing and materials.
So good I need another one.
Awesome knife! Already looking into buying the all black version.
Buttery smooth action and outstanding build quality.