Pros: Usable, Blade Material, None
Cons: Sheath/Scabbard, Handle Material
I have used this chunk of 420 steel for everything from a pry bar on door jams in Iraq to chopping brush on the Washington coast. I broke one in half chopping 5GA copper wire in a building in Iraq but other than that, if you have a 10" bastard file and a hard Arkansas stone to keep it semi sharp it'll do about all you need it to. As for the sad handle it comes with ( I know it's only $20) my personal solution was bicycle handle grips trimming one down for size. The bonus on top of a better handhold is shock absorption. I changed the sheath a ton via rivets and a drill and nylon strap. If you can't do those things the sheath is not built in a way that it can be easily fastened to you or a pack and it doesn't secure the blade very securely if you're highly active. But for 20-25 bucks it's great. All in all I love it. On a side note, to all you who claim this is a "great self defense weapon" please open your eyes and wake up. The era of swords is a thing of history now. Criminals have moved on to modern items called guns that move a projectile in excess of 1000FPS. I don't care what degree belt you have or how amazing you are with a blade Joe Dirt is still gonna win with a $50 Saturday Night Special if he wants your 50" plasma. Wake up and get a gun for home defense or if for some reason you are one who thinks guns are bad and should be banned, get a taser or 16oz of BEAR spay. Not pepper spay, Bear spay. It works 5X better, I promise.