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The ANV A100, though much like the original A200, has several defining features that you'll love. Starting with the blade, it's available in CPM MagnaCut or ELMAX: both premium steels that are tough, stain resistant, and hold an edge for a very long time. The handle on the A100 is fiberglass-reinforced nylon—a super plastic that's lighter than G-10 and incredibly strong. Compared with the A200, the textured portion of the scales and the flat portion are reversed, and instead of having two barrel spacers, it has one long spacer that matches the lock and thumb stud. Like its predecessor, this pocket knife comes with a Lumidot inside the thumb stud and a reversible wire pocket clip, making it an extremely viable EDC cutting tool.
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If possible I'd rate it 2.5 stars. I kinda like it but it's not really ok. I have the black FRN/Elmax version. The knife looks great and Elmax is a good steel but ANV cut a lot of corners on this knife. Nylon washers, thin flimsy FRN scales, minimal steel liner, single sided thumb-stud on a supposedly ambidextrous knife, needlessly complex pocket clip mounting system and a crazy pivot setup that just spins freely, when you try to adjust it. My sample wasn't very sharp out of box, but a few minutes on the strop got it to don't-mess-around sharp. I plan to swap out the washers, after researching how to access the pivot. I notice that BHQ has an exclusive G-10 version but it uses Sleipner steel, fancy name for what amounts to a budget steel. Beats me why they are not offering the standalone G-10 scales as an upgrade option for FRN naysayers. If the knives get popular enough I'm sure someone else will fill that gap though. Once I get the pivot sorted, I'm sure I'll be a lot more satisfied with this purchase.