Pros: Sheath/Scabbard, Blade Sharpness, Materials, Blade Material, Handle Material, Weight, Overall Quality, Finish
Cons: Handle Material, Materials, Sheath/Scabbard, None
What a fantastic looking knife, extremely well made, great leather sheath for sheer beauty, great balance and feel. The handle is a little slick for my taste if it was to be a woods/combat, knife I would prefer to see a matte finished "naked" canvas micarta instead of the "varnished" or sealed shiny stuff, its just too slick if it gets wet, I think this knife is more of a collector than anything, its incredibly functional dont get me wrong but its almost too pretty to use. The Leather Sheath, and the Handle are both a good thing and a bad thing, they look amazing and really ad character at the cost of some functionality, thats why I marked them both as a pro and a con If I were going overseas, or out in the woods I would take my Cold Steel ODA with the secure ex sheath, its a very similar pattern blade style just as thick but since its hollow ground a little lighter, with a super grippy kraton handle, and a whole lot cheaper, and it uses the same San Mai 3 steel, the ODA is the "user" version of this knife IMO, the ODA runs about $140 and you get all of the functionality of this knife minus some looks, and a more practical sheath. Get the ODA while you can they are no longer made but there are still some floating around For the two reviewers saying they were taking this knife to Afghanistan, Stay Safe good luck and I recommend you Get the ODA and take that instead, the R1 has "steal me" written all over it.