Product Review (submitted on March 12, 2018):
This is my first EDC and my first Auto knife. I have a few fixed blade Benchmade knives and have always been impressed with their quality so I decided to give them a shot for a EDC/Auto pocket knife. After doing my research and comparing several knives on this website, I decided to go with the CLA. This is one outstanding knife.
What I really like about it
- overall build quality
- very solid opening mechanism
- razor sharp right out of the box
- no blade wiggle when open
- Incredibly good looking durable handle with an open back for easy cleaning
- perfect size for EDC
- nice locking mechanism
- nice solid (reversible) belt clip that runs to 50% of the handle
- perfect for right hand opening by using thumb to open
What I don't like (and these are really picky)
- awkward left hand opening having to use index finger
- somewhat sharp edges on the safety lock button
I am extremely happy with this knife, Benchmade has created a masterpiece with the CLA, perfect balance of durability, quality, looks, size, weight, balance and price. I highly recommend!