Pros: Blade Material, Sheath/Scabbard, Handle Material, Weight, Materials, Overall Quality, Blade Sharpness
Useful Carry for Backpackers
I think this knife is pretty tough to beat, considering price, quality, design & utility. Sturdy weight, versatile, stout blade, easy to sharpen, makes this knife a stand-out. My Knife Center purchase was a back-up, for a 440c version, from United Cutlery, purchased years ago, which seems identical. Super steels are unneeded in practical camping situations, but ease of sharpening in the field, is high on my list, of desired features. This AUS-6 version, plenty sharp out of the box, won't be used for splitting logs (what's that all about anyway ?) but should have no problem making tinder sticks or showering sparks from a magnesium fire starter, in the unlikely event, that might be required. I don't ask one knife to do all the chores I've encountered, over more than 60 years of outdoors trekking, but this one could get me by, I suspect, and still leaves a little pocket change, from my Social Security check. Besides that, it looks real 'purty' with the paracord wrap I put on the handle (caution; that'll break the plastic handle reinforcement, in the sheath, but makes a great excuse, to justify a new Kydex sheath) .Don't remember it being noted, in item description, but that plastic in the sheath, protects the user from the blade, when wire breaker tool is used. Otherwise, as it comes, the sheath is serviceable and does it's job.