Pros: Materials, Overall Quality, Sheath/Scabbard, Finish, Weight, Blade Material, Blade Sharpness
Cons: Handle Material, None
Great design that's almost perfect.
have used it for a couple months now. Mostly cleaning trout and carving wood. Very sturdy and highly functional. The blade design is clearly borrowed from the classic fighting utility knife. It's a little thinner which helps with slicing/cutting performance, but the saber grind and flat primary bevel make it plenty strong for a knife of this size. The handle/tang is borrowed from the Kabar impact series. Lends itself to an easy paracord wrap, but IMO this knife needs scales. Yes, it's marketed as a neck knife and is lacking scales to keep the weight an profile low. However, it's too big to be a neck knife. Not a problem because it's a fantastic small fixed blade. I also wish the handle were a 1/2" longer. I made a set of micarta scales for mine, but would've been more than content with factory zytel that they made available for the Eskabar.The sheath is very similar to that of the Eskabar and Necker. There is no belt clip since it was marketed as a neck knife. The TDI belt clip isn't a perfect fit (at least on my early model) but it can be made to fit. Or you can make a drop backing out of 3" nylon webbing. Retention is very good, though I imagine it will loosen over time and through use. Especially if you strip the coating. Could probably be tightend up with a heat gun when that does happen.Fit and finish were flawless on mine. At this price, it's an excellent value. I'm tempted to buy a second one. Hopefully Kabar will put out some aftermarket factory scales so people don't have to make their own. I'm tempted to give it a 4 star rating due to the lack of scales and attachment point, but since it is marketed as a neck knife that wouldn't be entirely fair.