Pros: Blade Material, Finish, Handle Material, Weight, Blade Sharpness, Overall Quality, None
This knife was a good purchase. 1095 really is a great blade material if it's tempered right and you keep it oiled. This knife is cryo-tempered, and I can really tell the difference between it and my Old Hickories. Out of the box it was sharp, but not SHARP. I had to do a little re-profiling to remove the secondary bevel, as it was a tad blunt. But man, did it get sharp after that! Hair popping? Not sharp enough. This thing got so sharp that it wipes hair away with no resistance. So this tells me the grain structure is very fine, for a simple steel. And like most simple steels, it loses that shaving edge relatively quickly, but only slightly; then it settles into an aggressive, toothy, very sharp utility edge rather indefinitely. It is about the perfect knife as a bush companion. It is a much thicker knife than my Mora #2, and I must say that the way the handle meets the blade leaves vast room for maneuvering inside a body cavity, or between tight branches in a tree, or roots in a burrow; this makes the Murphy skinner so much more utilitarian than any other bushcraft knife I own that this is now officially my walkabout knife. Now, as for durability, every day I cut around thirty, thumb sized bamboo stalks with it for my goats, and it hasn't needed sharpening in weeks. The edge is hard and snaps right through the bamboo with no resistance. A custom O-1 wharncliffe I have (which is 62 Rockwell) performs comparably. I think the cryo-tempering has given this knife quite an advantage over most 1095 knives. I'll say this, that to get a knife of only somewhat higher quality, you're going to have to add $100 to the price tag.