Pros: Sheath/Scabbard, Finish, Overall Quality, Handle Material, Blade Material, Blade Sharpness
"When failure isn't an option" is how it was described to me
That's how this knife was described to me by someone. I'd have to agree. It's a stout knife, blade typical of Helle (I have the laminated SS version) and the spine runs all the way along the back of the handle. I've used it batoning (typically the worst abuse you can put a knife through in "normal" use) without any problem, and while I'm careful of form just out of habit I can't see how you could break this batoning wood. I take this knife backpacking, canoe tripping, and just about every outdoor activity I engage in, have used it for general cutting tasks, batoning and cutting firewood, food preparation, and just about anything else you could think of, and it looks brand new with only some cosmetic abrasions on the side of the blade that I could buff out if I was really worried about it, to show for what I've put it through. The only possible negative I could think of with this knife, which isn't really one for me, is that the thickness of the blade is a bit thick for slicing food thinly, but that's not the purpose of this knife.