Pros: Materials, Handle Material, Blade Material, Blade Sharpness, Weight, Overall Quality, None
Cons: Finish, Sheath/Scabbard
An excellent combat/camp knife.
This knife is made 1095 high carbon steel, and ontario knows how to heat treat it properly for the use (with chopping in mind), the edge and spine aren't overhardened.It has all the good characteristics you would want in a fighting knife: positive grip, solid steel hilt, adequate length, excellent cutting/chopping/thrusting capabilities. As well as being a great camp knife and also serves as a good conversation piece. I've purchased this knife twice because my first one was stolen, that says something about my opinion of the knife. The one I got from amazon came dull, the one I newly ordered from knifecenter came exceptionally sharp, able to shave my arm even with the very tip of the point. This knife's balance point is about half an inch to an inch above the ricasso and feels very light and agile in the hand considering the knife's size and the thickness of the blade. It is blade heavy without feeling overbuilt, clumsy or axelike.The only downsides in my opinion are the sheath, it's well made with rigid nylon and leather but it looks extremely ugly and doesn't do the knife justice, as well as being awkward to get the knife in and out of. Also the hilt can irritate your hand if you choke up while chopping. Other than that the knife is superb for the price point, I would recommend getting a kydex sheath instead of the factory one (keep the original incase you want to sell the knife in the future) if you are worried about the looks of the knife.