Pros: Weight, Handle Material, Overall Quality
HARD TO KILL
This a fighting knife, end of story. It's not for survival. It's not a utility knife. It's not for cutting your steak, batoning, or building a shelter. It's for self-defense and mortal combat. That said, you'll understand I haven't had a chance to use it for its stated purpose yet, and it would be nice to never have to. However, let me tell you why it's such a perfect knife for what it's made for. First, it's a dagger, with a double edge. No flipping the blade to pull back across a body part belonging to a sentry. Easy in, easy out, less drag from a blunt side/edge. The D-guard is the next function I find most useful. Use it to parry, to punch, to break a fall, to protect your hands from your enemy's gear as you slash and stab. The guard is also reinforced by a brace midway down the handle, making you place two fingers on either side. This may appear a pain in the ass at first, but it has a very specific purpose, you ask me, other than keeping the guard strong and sturdy: It makes it that much harder for someone to take the knife out of your hands. Your middle and third finger naturally grip against the brace. Thirdly, the glass breaker on the pommel is a useful, less lethal alternative to using the blade. Smash a temple, a knee, a shin, pressure point, etc. And that's just on bad guys. Use it to crack a nut or break a passenger window once in a while, if you must. Weight is lite and nimble. I have "fighting knives" and this puts them to shame. Sheath is fine. Nothing beats a custom-made job, of course, but blade retention appears more than adequate, with multiple carry options. Overall, the knife feels very, very solid. Nothing feels tacked on. It's a one-purpose tool, and it knows it. As far as blade material, thickness, coating, full-tang vs. partial, grip material, edge retention, etc. I say only this -- that when it comes to daggers, none of the above matter nearly as much to me as they would if I were looking at a survival knife, for example. Let's be honest, daggers get used a lot less than utility knives. Unless you're living in a video game. Which might be kind of cool.