Paragon X-O Lite Manual Folder Knife
The Paragon X-O Lite folder was probably one of my most disappointing folder purchases ever. I really had high expectations of this knife, but they were let down when I received it. Paragon manufactures mostly automatic knives, and does not seem to have a website. They do seem to still be in business as their knives can still be purchased through a number of online dealers.
Blade steel is the very competent ATS-34, and the the edge is extremely sharp. Handle is a bit awkwardly shaped for my liking, with the butt end digging uncomfortably into my fingers. Also the knife has a funny looking blade width to handle width ratio, which I find somewhat ugly. I’ve been impressed with the feel of the other Paragon Cutlery automatic models such as the Cobra, but the X-O Lite manual folder was a disappointment.
Overall I would recommend against this knife. Though it can be had for a very modest price, I would rather have a knife from CRKT with an inferior steel and a much better build quality, or any number of Spyderco, Kershaw or the like for the same kind of money.
Blade Length: 4″
Overall Length: 9 1/4″
Blade Steel: ATS-34
Handle Material: Aluminum