Pros: Blade Sharpness, Sheath/Scabbard, Handle Material, Blade Material, Materials, Weight, Overall Quality, Finish
SCAR, Affordable USA Quality
I own 3 SCAR Blades knives. These are among the finest small-batch hard use production fixed blades coming out of North America today. These are comparable to fellow Idaho-based company, TOPs Knives in every way, except SCAR's fit & finish is all around better than TOPs. As a small family operation, I believe more care & attention to detail is taken in the finish of these SCAR knives. 1095 steel is the hard-use gold standard & SCAR's coating protects it well from staining, though a light coat of gun-oil or Sentry Tuff-Glide will better keep stains & pre-rust away, especially if you operate in humid or wet environs. The Invader is ideal for general utility, like camp chores, food prep etc. The blade came hair-popping sharp & retained its initial edge very well. I've hammered & batonned my SCAR Grizzly through seasoned wood with no damage to the knife & very little deformation of the factory edge. It goes without saying that this knife, the Invader, with its slightly larger blade would also excel in general survival use, or even a bushcraft type role. The integral guard is simple & ingenious & prevents your hand from sliding up onto the blade during heavy use. The Invader is a staple of SCAR's line & a very good all around knife that does whatever you ask it to do. The kydex sheath is very well fitted & formed, & includes a 360 degree rotating belt loop platform which can easily be attached to pack straps & PALS webbing with a thin carabiner or a mailce clip.