Bombproof on a budget.
This is my official "back up" blade when I'm camping. For an "all steel" knife, it is very lightweight, and easy to toss in a pack without realizing it's there.The blade is fairly thin, which is both a good thing and a bad thing. It's a good slicer, takes a nice edge, and it keeps it very light and lively in the hand. Makes it good for cooking and fileting tasks as well. However, it is not a very effective chopper, due to it's thinness and lightweight. More on that later though...With many peoples fascinations with thick and hefty blades, it's easy to forget that traditionally, most belt knives were typically thin slicers, rather than "prybars with edges". This knife does not baton as well as it's hefty brothers, but is is tempered with a good enough flex that it will work well without snapping.The handle is very slick, and would do well with either a paracord or grip tape wrap. There is nothing to protect your hand from sliding up to the blade... But then again, this is a bush knife, not a fighting knife. If you want to stab something with it, then affix a handle. Which brings me to my next point.The hollow handle. The fact that it is a tapered handles, rather than the straight cylinders often seen on "survival" knives, makes it MUCH easier to mount on a stick. Trust me on this, whittling down a stick into a perfect cylinder is a pain. Now, everyone assumes you would use this as a spear for either hunting, or protection from game. And yes... I suppose it will work for that. But that ability to add a handle adds two very important utility tasks.First off is foraging. It makes for a great and easy way to cut fruit/edibles from higher branches, rather than just trying to "knock them off" with a stick.The second, and most versatile function, is that it makes for a much better chopping tool. By adding a 12-18" handle, you are now holding a very effective brush knife or machete. This is great if you find yourself in thick grass or briars. It also helps increase the chopping ability of the knife greatly for wrist/forearm sized pieces of wood.If this the best survival knife on the market? No. But this is absolutely the best one for $20. And if I were you, I'd may the extra money for the one with the secure ex sheath. It's a steal of a deal.