I received my knife today. I was not exactly sure what to expect from the pictures, but I can tell you that I have looked at it from every angle and played with the smooth opening/closing with solid lock and nice detent and I can say that it is one of the best conceived and one of the most carefully constructed knives I have seen! I really like this knife and the attention you paid to each detail. The inlay is flawless and looks like it grew on the steel. The inletting of the liner lock for a clean under belly is a great idea. I even like where you signed it--and the portfolio will be a great companion for the piece. And you are right, I do not think a thumb assist is required and the absence of one enhances the sleek design. Thanks for a great addition to my modest collection! John Sharp