The handle is a little slick. However if it was not then, it would not be easily removed from my pocket. I bought this as a present Christmas 2011. Out of the box I had a few issues. The lock is good. In the open position the blade had too much lateral play for me. I was able to tighten the torq screw on the blade pivot and remove that play. The clip on my sons 6.25 and my knife fell off. After applying locktite to the two clip scews, we have not had any issues with a loose clip. By far my favorite knife i have ever owned. I would like to have more finger cut outs on the handle. Maybe offer the blade in clip point and serrated portion at the base of the blade. This is my opinion and I love this knife.