Pros: Sheath/Scabbard, Materials, Handle Material, Weight, Blade Material, Finish
The phrase "bang for your buck" really comes to mind here.While I haven't had the opportunity to properly use it yet, the Hudson Bay is a very solidly built knife. Fairly comfortable to hold, very satisfying weight in the hand, and the stonewashed finish is gorgeous. I think the grips are Walnut, and the transitions between the wood, tang, and brass pins can't even be felt.While the knife comes fairly sharp right out of the box, the bevel is just a bit wonky. The blade itself is straight, though the edge has very slight curvature. Not nearly enough to be a deal-breaker, not very visible until close inspection, and not at all a big deal for a knife that's clearly not designed for fine, precise work, but it should still be considered.The sheath is also quite good, and fairly well constructed. I think it could do with a strap to go around the handle to properly ensure the knife is secured in, but friction by itself does a great job at preventing the knife from sliding out - even when shook - despite the weight of the knife.As for design improvements, I think a slightly longer, more ergonomic handle with a lanyard hole would really bring out the best in this knife, though the stock handle and grips are absolutely fine. However, this is maybe the only example where the hardness of the Hudson Bay's 1085 carbon steel steel actually lets it down a little. One reviewer said they tried to drill through the handle for a lanyard hole, and blunted 3 drill bits before just giving up. (A downside, but actually fairly impressive!)Additionally, as said before, a strap on the sheath to fasten around the knife's handle, just to really ensure it's fastened in, would be good as well.All in all, an exceptional price for such a solidly built knife. If you want a good, big knife on a budget, I'd recommend the hell out of the Hudson Bay.