Pros: Materials, Handle Material, Blade Sharpness, Blade Material, Weight, Overall Quality, None
Cons: Sheath/Scabbard, Blade Material, Handle Material
Great Survival Knife
This is a great knife. I use it for extended hikes/backpacking/camping as a survival knife. It is too large for smaller applications. It would also be great for hunters & anglers. This is not a knife to dress game with as it is too large and unwieldy for that task. However, this blade is near-perfect for preparing small-medium wood/branches/logs for fires & shelters, digging/prying, and for, God forbid, defense against a wild animal or wild person. The 1085 Carbon Steel blade is good, not great. It is strong enough to survive most practical applications, however after chopping wood for about half an hour in the backcountry, I had to resharpen the blade, which as a positive note, comes razor-shaving-sharp in the box from the manufacturer, and resharpens easily. The black coating is nice, and as every reviewer says, the blade only looks cooler when it wears away. The swedge on top is well done. Any user should keep the blade well-maintainted to avoid rusting once the coating wears away, as it is a high-carbon blade. It's a full-flat-grind for excellent chopping/cutting capability, and is bowie-style with a flat belly. Some recurve or an extended belly (as seen on the 1248) would make this knife more effective, but it performs well. It is very thick and thus resistant to breaking.The handle is made of Kraton, which is super-durable, if a bit too hard. This means that the shock of chopping often transfers the force to the holding hand. Not a big minus, but worth mentioning. The handle would be better with a top & bottom guards/choils/jimping, but let's be honest, this is not a tactical knive and it's made for survival, not fighting. But those features would improve it's overall quality & usefulness.The butt end of the handle curves down which improves grip and effectiveness.The sheath is good, not great. It would be better if it were all-leather, but that does present a problem in moist environments. Also, some metal fasteners are exposed on the interior of the sheath-a poor design. It should also be adjustable for left-handers, but is not. Good, not great-6.5 out of 10 on the sheath. Has a tie for the thigh, but hangs well at the side without tie-down.Overall, an 8 out of 10. A better blade steel, a more forgiving handle with a guard, and a better sheath would make it a 10. But for only a meager $60, you can't go wrong with this blade. Would recommend only for outdoor survival situations, and small-medium wood processing. Too large nor designed for anything else. For self-defense or less strenuous outdoor demands such as dressing game, the KA-BAR tantos and fighting knives would be a better choice.