Pros: Blade Material, Weight, Blade Sharpness
Cons: Sheath/Scabbard, Finish, None
Good but not great.
First things first: the Silent Solider series is very cool; Jason Brous is awesome.I have been playing with this Ranger V1 w/ black cerakote for a week now. The Ranger V2 with finger guard and spine jimping seems like the better buy. I found it really hard to get a secure grip on the Ranger V1. It is "slippery". The best grip i found was to use it like a push dagger with my middle finger through the hole closest to the blade, with cutting edge facing the direction of my pinky. Although in any grip, my biggest concern was sliding forward onto the cutting edge. The more recent SS versions with the finger guard inspire more confidence.The Ranger V1 has no jimping. I really like the fact that the newer SS designs have the aggressive spine jimping BUT i think it might be better if a less aggressive jimping were also applied to the entire outside edge of the "handle" area: that way any grip you chose would have traction for your hand or fingers.The black cerakote is a welcome feature to minimize the maintenance on the D2 steel. But after one week of sheathing and unsheathing, the kydex that makes contact with the blade has burnished a squiggly line into the cerakote. It does not look good.Like i said, i think the SS series is very cool. So i'm going to keep the Ranger V1. But i will make my own mods to enhance its usefulness for me. Your Milage May Vary.