Pros: Finish, Blade Sharpness, Blade Material, Overall Quality, Materials, None
Cons: Weight, Sheath/Scabbard
Excellent but required proper care
This knife is a marvel in this price range. The Chris Reeves pioneered design used here is brought to us for less than $70 at worst, versus his $300 a $1500 dollar handmade versions. Having held both in my hands, realize that most of the custom versions price is the intense hands on labor and much extra crispness in details. The toughness and usability is right up there though, and that is what matters most when you will actually need the Schrade. One thing average knife users today are no longer used to, due to the preponderance of quality stainless steels used in making so many knives today, is having to care for the higher carbon based blade with each use. It should always be put away clean and covered in an extremely light coating of oil. I use food grade oil, as it can be left on without harm if using the knife to prepare meals, and historically has always been up to the task (light mineral oil). I would treat the whole knife, including the hollow handle, then dry it mostly off to where it can barely be felt. It should not end up sticky or slippery when done correctly (sushi chefs use this, and if you think of how they handle those blades oiling does not make them slippery!).The O-Ring protecting the hollow butt cap, and the threads on the cap and inside the knife, need to be very lightly lubricated with silicone grease made for rubber gaskets. This, along with tightening the cap down as far as it will go, will 100% keep moisture out. The O-ring should be replaced immediately if it gets nicked or stretched out, as well as every year in any case. They are like 25c for 4 at the hardware plumbing supply and easily worth it (keep a spare in the butt). I really like the toolkit that comes in the hollow handle, but if you are going to use the Schrade as a camping type blade it is not the best use of that space. For survival try to pick the minimum smallest items to fish with, spark a fire and hold it, a compass, and exacto sized blades for precision work or arrow heads (many uses due to their various design and slotted design. If you have the materials to make a fire, shelter, get food and get your bearings then you are truly carrying a survival knife.