Pros: Materials, Handle Material, Blade Material, Finish, Weight, Overall Quality, Blade Sharpness
Cons: Sheath/Scabbard, None
This design, as Ka-Bar discovered with its TDI line, is superb for use as an ambidextrous weapon retention blade (or as a weapon in its own right). The 1095 steel, the durable finish, the micarta scales, the jimping, and the pry/pressure-point tip make this the best in class. I also like supporting a growing, American knife company.My criticisms mainly concern the sheath. It's actually too good, by which I mean that it goes up over part of the micarta scales and has very strong retention. It also has a belt loop that will fit even over a large duty belt, and the kydex itself is quite thick and strong. The problem is that to be practical, I will need to cut the sheath off lower down and reshape it to use the choil (rather than one of the screws in the scales) as the retention point. This should provide quite adequate retention, without requiring a Navy SEAL in order to extract it. Also, the bulky belt loop will be replaced with an IWB snap loop. It will then draw smoothly with either hand and stick out less.While the micarta is strong and classy (it's even laser engraved), it's also somewhat bulky and slick. Since blood is slick as snot--and this ain't no letter opener--I'll probably remove the scales and wrap with paracord for a slimmer and more secure grip. Of course, one could also just file grooves into the stock scales.Depending on where and why you carry this knife, the extreme retention, large belt loop, and relatively smooth handle may or may not be a problem. But, everything about this knife is quality. Just because I have to make modifications doesn't mean I wouldn't buy again.