Product Review (submitted on September 27, 2018):
I’ve had the CLA 4300 for a year and a half now. I specifically own the satin finish blade with plain edge, and black g-10 scales version.As soon as I held this knife in my hand at the dealer I knew this was the knife I had been looking for, for quite some time. This knife has been put through its paces and has been abused and it is still going strong. I keep the blade cleaned with 409 and also use it to keep particles cleaned away from edge while sharpening.Just earlier today my knife developed an issue in the mechanism causing it to not completely open at the push of the actuator button. As this is my only knife, sending it to lifesharp isn’t really my first option, so I decided to “put it under the knife” myself. I began removing the small screws from the sides and I would be lieing if I said I was 100% successful. 50% of the small screw heads stripped out. Luckily I was still able to get the knife apart. To my surprise, once the knife was apart, there wasn’t much junk built up in the mechanism, just a light film of grime built up on each brass washer which was enough to render it a “non-automatic” knife. The mechanism itself is a very simplistic design, I said simple, not bad. The design of the automatic mechanism is a very sturdy, robust design. I Gently cleaned my brass washers with soap and warm water and allowed to dry and reassembled the knife after lubing the parts with “Hoppes” gun oil. The knife operates better now than when it was brand new. Other than the crummy screws this knife is an absolute gold winner in my book. You will not be disappointed with this purchase. If it were up to me, everyone would own one. It is a bit pricey though, considering the low quality screws. Considering buying an Osbourne next to rotate so that when one knife needs some attention I can send it to lifesharp and not be without a quality knife.