Pros: Blade Material, Finish, Handle Material, Weight, Overall Quality, None
Cons: Blade Sharpness
Faithful Reproduction of the Original
I bought this repro of the V-42 because I always wanted one after seeing and handling an original one that belonged to my Great Uncle.The only cosmetic differences that stand out to me was that the stacked leather handle was a bit rough, with some of the leather protruding slightly, forming raised rings. I fixed that minor problem by doing some light work on it with my drum sander. I also applied a little Neat's Foot Oil to the handle because the leather was very dry.The "Skull Crusher" end cap was very loose and I was concerned that if I tried to really tighten it down that I might damage the end cap. When I did tighten the cap more than finger tight I could still remove the cap barehanded. Rather than really torque the cap down, I applied a little LocTite and it is now very secure and I don't have to worry about the possibility of losing it.The factory edge is not as sharp as I would have liked. After about 15 minutes on my tri-stone I had an edge that you could shave with. I did have to be very careful when I sharpened it so that I wouldn't mar the finish or the etchings.Overall, this is an excellent knife. I would have no problem using this as a "working" knife if necessary.