Pros: Sheath/Scabbard, Materials, Overall Quality, Handle Material, Finish, Blade Material, Blade Sharpness
Outstanding combat dagger
Just received it and first impression is great. Solid sheath with a snug fit: gives a menacing (def not stealthy) snik upon removal. Replacing in the sheath with a firm "snap" and holds tight with no play whatsoever. Belt attachment is by a well constructed (yet removable) clip of spring steel that wraps completely around the belt: no slipping off. It has 8 pierced holes with small allen bolts on one side (no rivets) and doesn't seem to quite mesh with my molle or Tek-lok, although adding one hole would do the trick. I'm kinda hung up on praising the sheath as its better than the kydex I've gotten on $200+ knives (hello Blackhawk...). As for the knife itself, a meaty grey/black micarta (not polished, glad to see) with jimping at the guard and mid-handle for removal from the snug sheath. Cross-guard is small but enough to do the job while keeping the profile sleek. Blade is a thick full-tang with built-in prybar at the base: clever for a dagger point such as this. However, the point itself isn't structurally unsound as the blade maintains its approximately 3/16" thickness until very near the tip. The blade is flat ground while leaving roughly a 1/4" wide strip mid-blade at full thickness. The blades shape is reminiscent of a beefed-up MkII: widening slightly in a mild spear-head fashion with squared "tooth" serrations like the MkII yet on only one side. I like this type of serration as it doesn't dull as quickly, points are less likely to break yet can be easily sharpened with a stone or stick. The blade's matte black coating looks thick but I have yet to put it to the test. I can't say exactly what my specific use for this will be, most likely as a mid-size outsoorsmans technical alternative to larger ESEE or Kabar blades. Not having any connections with the armed forces I can't testify as to its use in combat but, from the standpoint of a knowledgeable observer and history buff, this looks and feels every bit as good as the knives used in theaters of war over the last 75 years.