I have often been fooled by how a knife looks rather than how it works for me: balance, grips, overall ergonomics, cutting and slicing performance, operation (opening, closing, unlocking, security when carried). Clips are replaceable or removable so they don’t make much difference to me.
I was meh… about the Ikuchi when it was announced. Appeared too thin, no apparent ergonomics in the handle, strange flipper mechanism (I grew to dislike the standard follow-the-leader flipper designs), long pointy blade. But, as I usually do, I cast such reasoning aside and grabbed one soon after they were released, and I am glad I did. Once I held it and used it the knife was transformed. Everything just works together to make an outstanding everyday tool for me. It is capable of delicate slicing as well as more brutal cutting jobs. I have had it in my pocket since it arrived.
The Smock. Never seen one for real. They disappeared like rain puddles on a hot Texas day. I watched Nick’s disassembly video and was pleased and amazed at the originality of Kevin’s design and Spyderco’s implementation. The blade shape somehow resonates with me. But, as with the Ikuchi and other knives, I need to have one in hand before I can evaluate whether it would be a good knife for me.
So, I will abstain for now..
What doesn’t kill you will make you stronger. Except infantry. Infantry will kill you.
“Gentlemen, bring out your men.” — T. J. Jackson, Second Manassas, 1862