Pros: Blade Sharpness, Sheath/Scabbard, Handle Material, Blade Material, Materials, Weight, Overall Quality, Finish
A knife that's tough as nails.
1). This knife may not be perfect for every outdoorsman or every outdoor task, but what it may lack here or there it more than makes up for in being versatile, tough, and reliable.2). Whether batoning, chopping, or slicing, this particular knife can handle the use and abuse, be resharpened easily and quickly, and is just the right size to not be too big or too small.3). The tanto tip does come to a fine and narrow point, which is ideal for precise picking and detail work, it can bend if it experiences a solid impact against a hard object, but it should be kept in mind that a good knife should be handled and used properly, even the most expensive knives on the market can be damaged through misuse.4). The straight edge of the blade can function as a planer for making feather sticks to start a fire, and the sharp false-edge is very useful in removing bark or small tree limbs/brush without having to use the actual cutting edge (which further preserves the integrity of the real edge).5). This knife and its hard sheath are very sturdy, which is rare for any knife under $50.6). It should be noted that 1055 carbon steel is extremely tough, it may lose its edge after a prolonged period of hard use, but overall it is an excellent knife for anyone needing a solid medium length blade.7). The handles/scales and the hard sheath are made from polypropalene plastic, which is exceptionally impact resistant, tough, and resists chemicals and can be easily cleaned with soap and water.8). The blade and any areas of the exposed steel should be wiped clean regularly and oiled to prevent staining or rust.9). The sheath can attach to almost any vest, belt, backpack, or other piece of wearable gear, which makes it very wearer friendly. The hard sheath prevents accidental injury from the blade if the wearer falls during carry.10). The knife is a solid full tang with bolt-on handle scales, if purchased brand-new it will come in a box and the contents will be securely packed and wrapped.11). Despite its very reasonable price, this truly is a quality made knife and sheath, I am a skeptic and quite critical about what I spend money on, but this knife is a true bargain that's hard to believe but is every bit as good as COLD STEEL says it is.12). Anyone with knife handling experience knows the difference between real field use and ignorant abuse of gear, if used properly and not abused ridiculously, this knife will not fail or break. No more needs to be said about this issue.13). Obviously this knife isn't a $300 custom blade, but as an avid collector and responsible user, I can honestly say that this knife will hold its own against the high-priced blades and it will not disappoint.14). At its low cost, this knife is ideal for a multiple purchase, where one can be stored or packed in various places to have a good knife on hand wherever your adventures take you, but you should be aware of your local state/county rules, laws, and regulations about carrying or concealing it. Educate yourself.15). Forget about using this knife as a ''throwing knife'', seriously, what use is a good knife if it's out of your hand several feet away, and also throwing a knife can damage the edge, which cripples the knife. Be smart, don't do dumb things to good pieces of gear or you'll ruin them.16). Summary: Good knife, good sheath, good price.