AESTHETICS

★★★★

I have always been fond of micarta, especially the "coarse" variety - the kind you will see on ESEE and Winkler knives. This particular finish sucks up dirt and sweat, creating a very hard use-looking patina that adds a bit of real world grit and soul.

I like the "shaved" look of the scales which in turn gives you a better fitted grip on the knife. 

The blade shape is my favorite spear point design with a piercing-enhancing swedge. All in all a very functional and elegant blade, all nicely proportionate. Everything is nice and minimalist - my least favorite part is the oversized pocket clip.

  

ERGONOMICS

★★★★

The Gekko feels good in the hand, beefy, heavy, secure. The contours of the scales give you a good grip on it - though I wouldn't say it is the best tailored fit in my collection (an honor that goes to ZT560 and Pohl Force Mike One). 

There are no hot spots to speak of - maybe except for the pocket clip - it is enormous and I found it helped a great deal moving it to the other side of the knife (ambidextrous clip screw holes). The closed back is rounded, some good, aggressive jimping on lock and thumb rest. 

Great size for a knife, big enough for a comfortable grip, even for large hands. 

  

FIT & FINISH

★★★★

Produced in Italy. Flawless, except on this specimen the blade is a bit off-center when closed. Good materials, awesome, tactile micarta and nice round edges everywhere.. The coating on the pocket clip doesn't hold up well, though. 

 

RUGGEDNESS

★★★★

This is a knife that will age well, and could hold up well to some amount of abuse. I love steel liners, even if they add to the weight - I just often feel the lack of liners sometimes make a knife seem unfinished. 

The lockback seems secure, though I haven't pressed it to its limits. The Gekko blade is ground from a piece of quality Austrian N690Co steel.

 

USEFULNESS

★★★★

Overall, the knife is a little too large and heavy to be carried all day, every day, but the blade shape makes it useful in many situations. This is an ideal knife for food prep and rougher tasks. I think it is a little too aggressive for apple slicing in the playground.

The pocket clip rides very high (see above), so it is not a fantastically discrete piece to lug around.

 

FONDLE FACTOR

★★★★

This is not a show stopping flipping monster, though opening and closing is smooth and even. I like to rate the sound of opening the folding knives I review here and this one would get a 5/10... a little on the cautious side of the sound spectrum. It is, however, quiet and discrete.

Nice and heavy... and the micarta is a winner - very grippy, very tactile.