Pros: Materials, Handle Material, Blade Material, Finish, Weight, Overall Quality, Blade Sharpness
Cons: Sheath/Scabbard, None
Superb Knife in a Comically Bad Sheath
If you have been looking for a knife that is perfectly sized and designed for self-defense, but can also, unlike many daggers, etc., be useful for edc cutting chores, this is it. The handle angle, two grip positions, thumb stud, etc. all make for very positive and responsive handling. That's really important for those times when you're just totally coated in slippery blood and gore, as the other reviewer suggested. Ninja that I am, that happens to me all the time-at the mall mostly, sometimes at Pizza Hut. The steel is high quality, nicely ground, and quite sharp. I'd say the knife is lovely to behold (unlike the other al mar backup, which looks like a gnarled claw). Sadly, the sheath is junk. If it looks like something made by drunks with glue sticks, that's because it is. Only marginally better than a cardboard wrapper that you might improvise in 3 minutes, it makes one cry to high heaven: Why? Why!? It means you'll need to get another sheath if you are serious about carrying it. Still, the knife is so good that a fellow can sort of look past the criminal shoddiness of the sheath. Sort of.