I''ve had mine two days now and I'm crazy about it. Plus, it's an ancestor of my favorite, the Manix 2. The ergos are perfect for me. Eric really outdid himself when he created the Dodo. He definitely inherited a good measure of his dad's creativity and ingenuity. I love the simplicity of the linerless construction and compact design. I wish they'd also make a knife with the same handle and lock, but modified a little to accommodate a slightly longer conventional blade.
The lock was stiff on mine too for the first few closings, but by evening it was very smooth. Admittedly the Dodo has some things in common with the Q-ball (it's misbegotten nephew that hangs out in poolrooms
), mainly that some people have a little trouble with the lock, but the ball is bigger and easier to grasp on the Dodo. Also, the ergos and general hand-fit are much
better for me with the Dodo.* If you can release the lock with your thumb-tip and nail and flip the blade over with your index finger, it's great.
Now, I want one in St. Nick's livery more than ever, but would be tempted by a jade/DLC version if it comes out first. Still haven't decided if I need an SE version. As for high carbon steels, M4 and k390 are my favorite steels, and I've never had any problems as long as I was carrying the knife -- I did have some unwanted oxide on one or two high carbon knives (one Superblue) that I stopped carrying for a few months without checking carefully enough. And I never oil or coat my blades. I just clean them with water and wipe them dry. YMMV
Also I rarely put much in the pivots, usually a drop of mineral oil if anything.
As for cooking, I was amazed that I could slice ginger almost thin enough to read a newspaper through with this knife after I learned to just drag the tip through to complete the cut (for my wife's ginger tea
Edit: *Really just kidding about the Q-Ball. I got mine out and compared it to the Dodo, and it really has good ergos but not as good for me as the Dodo and Manix 2 or Manix XL.