It arrived this afternoon after a prolonged delay as the dealer had sent it back to BRK to have a small flaw removed. Whoever worked on this knife needs to get his eyes checked because it's still present. It's a small cosmetic flaw and nothing I cannot rectify but annoying none the less.
As for the knife, the first thing I noticed was the thickness of the handle. I did not like it at first but am already used to it. The handle is noticeably heavy and has a very planted feeling in the hand.
The finger grooves provide a secure grip without being annoying or uncomfortable. However, it remains to be seen whether this continues to be the case when the knife is actually used.
I noticed that a pinched grip is not comfortable due to the thickness of the handle. Perhaps it's the liners that add to this.
There is no need for jimping as the thumb comfortably resides in the valley between the blade and handle. However, extending / resting the forefinger above the spine creates too large a gap between finger and knife and this will prove to be a problem for certain tasks.
I have also noticed that when held in a regular or thumb on spine grip, the tip feels out of line. I like the shallow belly though.
This is a unique knife and requires more time spent working with it before I form any solid opinions about it.
For those who were undecided whether to get a Fox River or Canadian Special, I would advice buying the Fox River, even though I only have the mini variant of the same.
Herewith the obligatory pics.