If it isn't obvious enough already, I am a knife enthusiast. I will try to lift something other than a knife in a couple.
This was the exact model I lifted a couple years ago, so when I walked into the hardware store I thought I'd take a look at the knives to see if they've restocked the model. I walked into the mall feeling confident yet ever so mildly spooked, so I walked past the mall entrance to the store to see which employees were where. I then turned back around and entered the store, acting like I was counting shelves, then dipped (deeper into the store).
When I was at the aisle I acted like a customer. Acted like I was looking and texting, looking at screws and stuff, you know. This wasn't a particularly interesting day, but there's more.
When I was acting like a customer I saw this dude employee walk in the distance back and forth with his phone out which instantly made me think I was caught (because this is the store that I was snitched on [if you know the story]) but I still kept my cool and confidence. I didn't think like that for long, so I looked over at the knives when I thought this would be my time. I then heard literally a shelf over...
"Hold on, I've got a customer ... [unintelligible]"
That instantly made my heart sink because my hand was already on pictured knife so I instantly thought "Okay, do it." So I shoved it down my shirt away from cameras and employees.
I don't think they were talking about me because no one came to investigate me afterwards so when I shoved that knife down my shirt I started walking out of the store. I made it. Now, as of this post the mall is closed and I'm disappointed I didn't do a whole ass haul because I feel like I had potential right there. But I guess there is tomorrow.
I'm skeptical about going tomorrow because that's the 2nd day in a row I've been there to lift, but I will probably still go. Maybe at a different store.
Q: Is the pictured knife a good knife?
A: No, maybe. Liner lock knives are frustrating and the thumbstud on this one doesn't ever work. It's VERY sharp though, which can be useful.
tl;dr: Lifted pictured knife, employees acted sketch around me, impulsively took the knife I was looking at and made it.