Rather than start a new thread, I've added my early thoughts on the Jerry Brouwer that I received last week here. Firstly a bit of context - I live in an urban environment with very little daily requirement for a knife other than opening post, trimming threads, occasionally cutting cardboard and some food prep, not because I need to but because it gives me something to cut with my pocket knives. Generally I carry knives in the 3" to 3.25" blade length range. I'm more than happy with S30V and it, and VG10, are my most carried steels.
A Strider PT is one of my preferred sub-3" knives and the similarities between it and the Brouwer were the initial attraction for me and what eventually got me to order a Brouwer.
So out the box impressions were good. I knew the clip was an issue so an aftermarket clip went on immediately. I like that the cut out in the lock bar is on the inside face (in true CRK style) rather than on the outside as I have had issues with fabric bunching in around the cutout and clip when the cutout is on the outside (Southard, PT as examples). I'm over knives chewing up my pants so the smooth Ti face works really well for me and the knife slides easily in and out of the pocket without snagging. The smooth back is also nice as my knives ride in my right front pocket with other stuff so my hand slides past the knife easily when reaching for something else in my pocket. Retention in the pocket is fine and the third screw from the original clip that I installed on the G10 face gives a nice extra bit of traction when withdrawing the knife from the pocket.
The blade is pretty much as I expected. Probably slightly less cutting edge than anticipated but it's fine for it's intended use. As has been my experience with Taichung knives, the factory edge wasn't as good as the Seki or Golden models and it felt like it had a wire edge out of the box. A bit of time with the Sharpmaker and a cork sorted that out and put "my" edge on. Opening the blade as a "righty" is no problem. "Lefties" will have a problem as will those that Spyderflick. Detent is perfect as is the blade centering. I really like not having jimping in the choil. I also like that the peak at the back of the choil is slightly radiused rather than a sharp point (note in the comparison photo with the N5 I have rounded the carbon fibre to make it more comfortable for me).
Looking at a few of the knives in this category I like carrying, I think it has a fighting chance of getting pocket time. Below a few regulars that it is up against for pocket time :
I was surprised that closed, the package is very similar in size to the Sebenza and Centofante Memory.
Overall length is not that much shorter than a Native 5 with not much less cutting edge in a smaller overall package.
So what does it actually cut like? I find it very comfortable in hand and have, over the last five days of carry, not experienced any hotspots. Cutting up cardboard boxes was a pleasure thanks to the full flat grind.
So today is a public holiday (and a beautiful day) and I decided to use the Brouwer to prep the chicken that went on the Weber for lunch. Cleaning up the chicken was no problem and whilst the blade is too short to cut a lemon without circling around, it works. I'm not going to dice onions with it though.
Cutting up the bird for lunch, left overs and most importantly for the stock pot was a breeze. With a 40 degree micro bevel I could be a bit less careful around bones than I would be with my finer kitchen knives.
Overall I like it ... Can I compare it directly with a Strider PT or a Sebenza - No, it's not a $350 knife but at the price (including the cost of the aftermarket clip), I think it works even with "just" S30V. The cutting edge is maybe a bit short and in an ideal world I'd have preferred a slightly smaller choil and more cutting edge but that is nit picking. When my diamonds are out again, I'll reprofile it more because I want to rather than because it needs it. I suspect this has enough going for it to stay in my rotation after the honeymoon is over.