When it comes to a great EDC knife, I look at a few different factors. I look at blade style to see how utilitarian it is for basic everyday tasks. How easy is it to sharpen when the need arises? Is the handle comfortable, and is it the right size for my hand? What locking mechanism does it have, is it ambidextrous, and can it be disengaged if one hand is occupied? And finally, I look at the pocket clip. I love a knife that carries well and doesn't take a lot of fuss to remove and replace in my pocket. When it comes to the Grind, it hits oh so many sweet spots; let's take a look.
The grind features a spear-point blade of 154 cm in a Scandi grind. I had never owned or used a Scandi-style blade before, so this was going to either be something that I loved or something that frustrated me. After plenty of OCD research that I read or watched on the subject, I found them to be quite utilitarian and easy to sharpen. For those unfamiliar, a Scandi or Scandinavian grind is a grind that features a primary bevel that extends all the way to the edge of the blade. Most other grind styles feature a secondary or micro bevel. The Scandi does not have that extra bevel, and half of the blade is the primary beveled edge. This results in an edge that is very sharp and easy to maintain thanks to the geometry.
When it came to performance, I found the blade flew through just about everything I asked of it. Cardboard, plastic, fabric, and food prep were really easy. I found the blade shape and grind made opening packages and making precise cuts easy without the need for a lot of push behind the blade. I love the fullers on either side of the blade; aesthetically, they are pleasing to the eye and probably remove some weight from the blade. They did not become a hindrance when performing cutting tasks; they also did not cause any binding with the blade.
Sharpening a Scandi was probably my biggest fear, and it's the first knife I've bought an extra sharpening tool for. I use a Spyderco Sharpmaker for most of my knives, and I didn't know how I was going to tackle the grind. I found that by flipping the Sharpmaker over, I could lay my stones in the base and use them like a traditional stone. The extra tool I purchased was a leather strop. I've been wanting one for years but hadn't brought myself to purchase one. I have to say it's made maintaining the grind really easy, and I have not needed to use the Sharpmaker for touch-ups.
The handle of the Grind is micarta over skeletonized stainless steel liners. The handle has a nice smooth touch to it. Because of the weave of the micarta, it has enough texture to ensure a firm grip in many environmental situations. Your hand finds a natural position when gripping the knife, and your index finger rests nicely in the groove. When grabbing firmly, I don't feel any discomfort or any hot spots.
Except for Benchmade, we don't usually see Axis locks used unless they have permission from them. Since the patent for the Axis lock has expired, we have seen a huge increase in companies adopting the lock style. The Grind features their iteration of the lock and calls it a cross-bar lock. The lock is ambidextrous, just like the Axis lock. It makes locking and unlocking the blade super easy and can be done with one hand. What makes the cross bar lock special on the Grind is that it's adjustable. There are three tension points for the springs to be set at: those that create a stronger pull or one that's easier to release. I found the tension out of the box perfect for me, so I didn't have to make any adjustments.
Rounding out the Grind, we have a deep carry pocket clip. I've been a huge fan of pocket clips since they've been a thing, and I prefer those of the deep carry variety. The clip on the Grind is of a deep carry style and just about completely disappears in my pocket. Accessing the knife, deploying it, and placing it back in my pocket is so effortless. I also appreciate the fact that there's no huge logo or anything obnoxious (looking at you, SOG). The low-profile design also allows it to fit comfortably in my palm when using the blade. I wish more companies would design pocket clips that were as much about form and function as brand advertising.
The Grind has been an absolute joy to use and makes a great carry knife for everyday tasks. The great blade profile, mixed with a comfortable design, makes this knife a winner in my book. Vosteed has really outdone themselves and has placed themselves among the big dogs in the knife community.