Pros: Blade Sharpness, Overall Quality, Materials, Handle Material, Sheath/Scabbard, None
Cons: Materials, Handle Material, Sheath/Scabbard
This is a well made knife with several useful features; I will detail the various aspects of this knife (and the good/bad points of them):The handle material is comfortable and affords good grip. It is somewhat "big" due to added material to prevent electrocution and due to the glass breaker, but is still comfortable (not a "fat" handle). The previously mentioned features are 2 major features of this Gerber. Note that the rubber material is prone to light scratching, so beware of continuously pulling open the 2 fastening straps whenever you take out the LMF.The overall quality is excellent: the blade came unscratched and with a good sharpness (it is sharp, without being too sharp and thin). There are 2 leg straps for attachment. No "rough spots" on the blade nor handle blemishes were present (blade coating was uniform and smooth); serrations were well made as well. The sheath had no flaws/rips. Based on this knife, there should be nothing to fear for the price tag. :-)The sheath is interesting: it allows various methods of attachment as expected. The sharpener is convenient, and having the straps comes in handy for aquatic uses. It is unlikely that the knife will ever fall out of the sheath; you will have to pull it out with strength! There are some issues though: adjusting the straps are somewhat tedious until they stretch out with time. The sheath has significant weight and size. Removing the knife can be a chore because of the tightness of the plastic retainer! This sheath is actually 2 sections: the plastic knife sheath, and the nylon backing that attaches it to the user. It can be removed if the plastic part will be tied to a vest or something, but it also could get a little loose after a lot of movement (it won't ever fall off, but would have a little bit of lift when trying to pull the knife out of the sheath).Materials used for the knife and sheath are very good. The sheath will resist weather, and the knife will be corrosion resistant even if the coating worn away. I believe the blade material switched to 420hc. Because it is not as hard as some other stainless steels, it will be less likely to break (and still be relatively high stainless), but will not hold a razor edge as long.The blade edge is good; there was no uneven sharpening, and the edge was centered. Serrations were sharp as well. The knife cut through a plastic water bottle in one swing.It is overall well built and good for survival use. The blade is pretty thick and overall design is robust, which will mean tradeoffs in areas like weight and bulk. Although heavy, there is no noticeable balance bias towards the blade or handle.