Pros: Finish, Blade Sharpness, Handle Material, Weight, Overall Quality
It's a good all-around knife. I'm frankly, quite stunned at the quality level for the money. This is an outstanding knife for what it costs. Don't be misguided by my claims of value, however. ..that doesn't mean this is a cheap knife. It's not ...the materials are quite good and will render years of reliable service. The knife came relatively sharp and takes an edge fairly easy. If you're a japanese sword enthusiast, this knife won't replace a hand-made japanese knife with wooden sheath and all the accoutrements. However, if you like the design in general, it would made a great everyday work knife. I hesitate to call this an EDC knife only because of it's size. Plus, the definition of an EDC knife depends entirely on your line of work. If your line of work is "soldier", or perhaps "construction worker"...no it's not excessive at all. If you're a business executive, you might want to consider a nice folding knife from somewhere else. For defense purposes: the sheath is very thin and clips nicely in the small of the back. the handle is relatively thin also, so it makes carrying a breeze. If a slightly thicker handle is required, it can always be wrapped with ito or de-cored paracord.