Pros: Blade Material, Materials, Handle Material, Weight, Overall Quality
Extraordinarily practical design
Possibly the best survival knife for <$150. Efficient, elegant, edgy. Built for strength: thickness, handle, guard, choil, spine, blade, and tip. Will take reasonable batoning (an alternative to chopping without the impractical weight and length requirement). Wide, near-flat grind for deep wood penetration, similar to proven ESEE design. Good steel for a production knife: balance of toughness, corrosion resistance, and wear resistance. 440C is much superior to typical 1095 carbon steel or 440A. It beats AUS8 and 154CM, though inferior to S30V and other expensive CPM steels. Fairly ergonomic, secure handle design. Quality micarta scales. Decent for combat as well, though some penetration is sacrificed for tip strength and blade width. Minor cons: choil is too small for (unnecessary) forward grip, plunge line is too sharp for optimal strength, and handle grip could be wider near guard to prevent rocking. I don't know why similar full-package designs haven't caught on. Objectively reviewed after extensive search by engineer/amateur knifemaker.