Pros: Materials, Finish, Handle Material, Weight, Overall Quality, None
Cons: Blade Sharpness
S&W Homeland Security Tanto Combat, 8" fixed blade knife
After years of using premium grade tools I find this one lacking the sharpness and edge I prefer. Even after honing and polishing the edge it lacked the sharpness I desire. It is sharp and holds it's edge extremely well. The point is very tough and pierces objects extremely well. The edge is best suited for chopping and not slashing. However, I wouldn't want to be anywhere near a slashing stroke of this knife as it's heft and rouged edge will cut deeply. I still haven't found a use for the faux serrations/saw? on the back edge of the knife. It is certainly not a saw or rasp. It may play some part in demolition if the blade is rocked up/down and back, but I don't know. It is a very solid, reliable, and comfortable tool. I love the weight and feel of it in my hand. I use it for the most rugged and potentially damaging tasks that I would hesitate to do with my other knives in anything but a life and death situation. It's priced very economically and I keep it on hand as a go-to tool and therefore, I'm not worried about damaging in normal use, it if that's possible. I read negative reviews about the sheath, but I think it is a good sheath and perfect for this type of knife. If you want a quick draw defensive knife you will need a different sheath as this one hold the knife firmly and comfortably. One last thing -- I think it looks great!