After over a year of searching for this long time grail of mine (amongst the new models, sprints, exclusives and surprises) and some serious bartering, the "precious" is mine. I have held the knife a time or two in years past, but either didn't have the funds or the interest when the opportunities came about to buy. The package was waiting on my desk today as I returned to work from vacation. I made my morning coffee and casually browsed my work emails while eyeing the box out of the corner of my eye. Once the morning hustle and bustle subsided, I tore into the box like a kid on Christmas. The fit in my had was just as I remembered it, similar to the Dragonfly (for me). Not so much in the handles size, but how my fingers seem to fall in the valleys and the peaks fill my palm. The handle is just enough to do the job, not like the Military that offers lots of room for movement, expansion and comfort yet I really like the compact footprint when closed.
The beautiful sweeping blade is a love it or hate it for most knife nuts (as I have gathered from years of hearing and reading others opinions of the oddity). I am in the LOVE IT camp! I can see exactly what Mr. Breeden was thinking when he designed it. I am a hawkbill lover and have been since my first pruner slipjoint as a kid. This unique take on the inward curve gives the best of both worlds. This knife is new, but will not be for long, I plan to put it into rotation and it will be accompanying my son & I on our next camping adventure.
Being gone from home for a while drove me crazy with anticipation to get back from vacation and get my paws on this gem. In the spirit of the Curved Ones, I carried these today to welcome the C111 into my collection.