Paragon Knives’ Warlock diverges from traditional folding knives with its radical opening mechanism. Your first hint for deploying the blade is the oversized, textured pivot, which serves as a double button locking system. By pushing both sides of the pivot at the same time, the handle splits apart to reveal the blade; with gravity and a flick of the wrist, it will swing into the open position. It's an entertaining and novel opening mechanism that is effective, providing solid lock-up. The Warlock knows how to get to work, and will work as long as you do, but it’s also capable of scratching your itch to fidget. It’s the sort of knife you’ll always be happy to find in your pocket.
The Paragon Warlock folding knife is available in an array of color combinations—choose your favorite!
This knife has a surprisingly good grip, despite it's lack of ergos. The gravity mechanism takes little getting used to (when opening the only points of contact should be at the pivot). The Warlock comes sharp and has a perfect tip out of the box. After a lot of somewhat aggressive opening and closing, some of the coating on the blade and handle have come off. Very hard to properly lubricate. The S90V steel makes it a good collector's item and EDC (if you are willing to carry this sorta thing). My only desire is that Asheville Steel makes a version with G-10, better gimping, and steel liners. A more EDC-able version would be really nice.
I have had this knife for a few days and love the gravity mechanism. With the flick of the wrist, the knife opens as quickly as an otf knife. The handle has a solid feel to it. The rich red color on the blade gives the knife an intimidating and elegant look at the same time. The construction is solid overall (though not too heavy) and can see me using it for years to come. This is my first Paragon knife and based on my fondness for this Paragon Warlock, won't be the my last knife I purchase from them. The solidness, beauty and the smooth gravity mechanism justify the price. Five Stars all around!!!
Far from practical and can be very finicky to open with one hand, but it is definitely a sharp knife and sexy knife!
First off, I have been wanting to get this knife for a few years now, but I just couldn't bring myself to buy it. After some consideration I did, and to be honest I am just disappointed. It came 2 days late (which is not Bladehq's fault, their shipping and customer service are amazing!) so, I was not as excited to get it but, whenever I got it, the blade was dull, you would think for a $250 knife they would at least sharpen it properly. Another thing is that it just feels cheaply made, for example, the two scales that are around the knife, you would think they would be pretty sturdy, but no (now I understand how the mechanism works so it would be hard to make it 100% sturdy since both the scales open up so you can flick out the blade but for $250 bucks you would think they could do a better job.
This knife is impractical for almost any task. However, the mechanism is very unique and once you get it oiled properly its really fun to mess with. Taking off a star for how clunky the action feels out of the box.
Could use a little bit of sharpening. I used a whetstone to sharpen it and it turned out to be razor sharp.