Pros: Blade Sharpness, Sheath/Scabbard, Handle Material, Blade Material, Materials, Weight, Overall Quality, Finish
As a Marine field radioman my T/O weapons were a 1911A1 and a Ka-bar. As we were mounting out to head South from Okinawa in 1965, I realized I would soon be in a real combat zone and needed to beef-up my personal arsenal; a shaky barreled 45 Auto just wouldn't get it! I hit the PX and purchased a Colt Python (357 Mag, for those who don't know: $90 brand new!). When l got to Nam I opted for an M-14 instead of the 45, but supply had no bayonets, and I couldn't get a Ka-bar because it wasn't T/O with a rifle. Go figure! A quick letter home and within two weeks I received my Buck General 120. I was the envy of all my buddies; while they were forever cleaning the rust off their blades, I had no such issues. I still have that knife, now pushing 50 years. It's still my go-to camp knife. I admire it as I clean the rust off my much more recently purchased Ka-bars!