This is a pretty nice little knife for the money. It is definitely what I would consider a budget knife. If you are looking for a knife to pry the lid off paint cans or stab through the hood of a car I would definitely reccomend a diffrent knife for you. If you are looking for a little knife that fits nicely in your pocket for every day tasks around the house this might just be the knife for you. It is a framelock and it did not have a lot of lock stick. It also did not have any lock rock. I do not know what the blade steel is but I am pretty sure it is kind of a softer steel because I have to sharpen it all the time. I am not really disappointed because for the price you can not really expect s 30 v or some other super steel. I have never had the knife fail on me as far as the lock is concerned. I have had this knife for a couple years and it is still holding up just fine. Since the blade is stainless steel I have never had any problems with the blade rusting or the handles. The handle is also made of stainless steel. I really think this knife is a good option for someone who just needs a knife to keep in their pocket for small tasks through out the day.