Patrick Rhone, a great writer and Internet personality, once wrote about the iPad, saying that when it became its most useful it moved from being a novelty to something that was boring. It was boring because it always worked, because it always did what you wanted, because it wasn’t taxing to own, use, or carry. It was, in a word, invisible. It was so adept at enabling you to work that you stopped focusing on and fiddling with the tool and just started doing what you wanted to do.
The WE Knives Banter is that kind of boring—good boring. After a few moments it just fades into your pocket and does exactly what you want when you summon it. It does so without complication or fuss. It just works. And works, and works. The fact that this is the first knife Ben Peterson designed is pretty incredible because it is a very good knife in nearly every way. If you want a knife that is just mindlessly good without obnoxious bling, this is it. But beware, this knife is not necessarily aimed at knife knuts. This is a knife that lots of people looking for their first real knife will enjoy. Its simplicity, ease of use, and friendly appearance (especially in the blue) makes this a good entry into the knife world.
A great and honest review of the Banter. He really latches onto the “boring” thing, but he makes the case for why this is good.
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