Pros: Blade Material, Finish, Handle Material, Weight, Overall Quality, None
For any knife that I buy which has removable components (screws, handle scales, etc..) I Take them apart to see the real makeup of the body. Heavy duty Allen screws, thick blade stock with reinforced skeletonized construction where the scale hardware goes through. This knife wasn't just built for protection, but for durability, I'm impressed.Holding it in my hand, it just feels right. I've sustained many hand injuries in my younger years so a proper feeling handle is a must. With the thumb or forefinger over the thumb scales places on the spine you won't have any trouble losing control for whatever adventure heads your way. It came from the factory "Ka Bar" sharp. But I can't leave well enough alone and had to use some diamond and sapphire materials and make it "Bob" sharp. After treating it with rust inhibitor and putting it together, VOILA! Nice little setup.In comparison with the other TDI I carry at work, I know this one's on me at all times. The small TDI is more low profile and more comfortable to wear. You KNOW, when you have this one on you, or have it in your hand. That can be worked with.My only issue, a small one, is the placement in the sheath. It's held in with a thumb-activated (or lower palm with some practice) catch. The blade fits loosely inside and has that ever-aggravating *rattle*. Once again, that can be worked with, but not worth taking any grades off the official rating. If you already own one of the smaller TDI blades, and care to step up a notch, take this one in mind. You're either going to love it, or not care for it. But it's number 1 for me when I go out running and doing errands around town. Another "Well done, Ka Bar". Built for purpose, not beauty. How a knife should be.