Pros: Blade Material, Weight, None
Cons: Overall Quality, Materials, Handle Material, Blade Sharpness
Not All That Great Out of The Box
I purchased this knife and when it was delivered, I found it to be the most uncomfortable and unbalanced knife I had held in a long time. I got it in the winter, and because of the cold the wooden grips were very slippery. But the main problem was that the knife was very unbalanced, and had a very aggressive Short Scandi grind. The tip was also very blunt for its 3/16ths edge thickness. Originally, I was going to send it back because as is, there are far better knives, but I decided to cut a choil into the knife and that completely changed the balance of the blade. The way the handle is currently designed, I believe it is too short for someone wearing a size large glove and larger. But cutting a choil into the blade changed the balance point because it allowed more gripping area. I also completely raidiused the aggressive Scandi grind and turned it into a true convex blade. I also thinned the tip slightly to give it greater penetration without making the tip too thin as in some other knives. After I got through with it, it became my favorite blade. It really is nothing more than a 3/16ths inch thick butcher knife. It's great for batoning and for chopping. And it is pretty bullet proof.As is, In my opinion, it is a pig of a knife and there are many better and more efficient choppers out there. But with the modifications I made, it is a great blade at a great price.Just be aware, if you have a large sized glove and like some handle material, this is not the blade for you. There just is not enough of the handle to allow you to balance the knife that way it is currently constructed. Perhaps someone with a significantly smaller grip will feel more comfortable, but I certainly could not warm up to it. But if you want to tinker with a blade and customize it to your specific needs, this IS the blade for you. So the bottom line is as it comes from the mfg, it is a 1. But modifying it makes it a 4.5.