Pros: Blade Material, Sheath/Scabbard, Handle Material, Weight, Overall Quality, Blade Sharpness
I purchased the 1074 18 inch essentially out of curiosity, having already obtained the Kershaw Camp 14", which I would also highly recommend. The 1074 18" appears to be very well-made in all regards. The blade arrived quite sharp, and so far has maintained its cutting edge very well. As advertised, this is a heavy blade, and not meant to be used to clear light brush like a machete though it can be used as such for small areas. However, unlike a machete, you can cut your own way through pretty much anything that stands in your way, thick tree vines, fallen limbs, etc. The texture of the grip decreases slippage, and the curved design of the handle seems to focus the power of the blade at the point of impact. Eventually, you will be looking for your gloves. Overall, I would've rated the Camp 18 as a 4.5, only because it lacks the overall utility of the Camp 14. The sheath is functional and durable but does rattle a bit. So far, I have had no problem sneaking up on vines and downed tree limbs. In summary, I use the Camp 18 more, and my chainsaw less.