The blade guard built in is very nice!! The price is very high I feel. However I carry a persistence everywhere I go so I'm not used to spending more then 54.99 on a blade. It's a great knife with good Steel. The junior is made with safety in mind and I feel that when I go to buy my son his first knife when I decide he is mature and responsible enough to have one I will have the junior in my top five on the shopping wish list. Can't go wrong and spyderco is the only brand I use.
I'm a Spyderco fan too, carried a Delica for years. Steel quality, fit and finish are excellent. That said, $229.95 MSRP for the Junior is a chunk of change for a pocket knife by any measure. Pocket knives are lost, stolen, broken, misplaced, loaned and never returned. I'd be looking at something a little less pricey, but that's me.