Pros: Sheath/Scabbard, Overall Quality, Handle Material, Blade Material
Cons: Finish, None
Solid Mid-range Bushcraft
In brief - this is a good, hard-working bushcraft knife that I am happy to own and will remain eager to use when the opportunities are present. This knife is priced at the lower end of the mid-range bushcrafters available, and considering that it's a full tang with G10 handle and Kydex sheath the value increases. That said, the finishing is not perfect. The G10 is not completely flush beside the pins and there is a very small space between the tang and one of the scales in one spot. As these do not affect my use of the knife (there is absolutely no discomfort in the grip because of these issues) the imperfect finishing does not bother me. Initially though, I was disappointed by this. The sheath, while a thermoform plastic, is a lighter weight version of what I expected. Still, it's functional, holds the knife very securely, and as I said increases the value of this purchase. Expect to work the sheath a bit as it comes out of the box to make extraction and sheathing smoother. I've had the knife for a month and operation with the sheath is now very smooth. My order came sharp out of the box and took a razor-sharp edge after minimal sharpening and light stropping. I've taken it out on one excursion (after my sharpening) during which it performed well making a pot hook, as a baton, and producing feather sticks after a substantial beating. I was intentionally hard on the blade and am only pleased, even surprised by how much I enjoyed using it. This is one of the most comfortable knives in hand; after two hours of nearly constant use, my hand had not cramped and there were no hot-spots (this, without gloves). To anyone searching for a less expensive or mid-range quality bushcraft knife, I recommend the Boker Plus Bushcraft XL. I was not a fan of the blades on the less expensive Condors and could not bring myself to make that purchase. The value wasn't there for me. And I did not want to exceed $100. I opted for this one over the basic Boker Plus Bushcraft for the slightly longer blade, the blade shape, the full flat grind, and the Kydex sheath. I am not disappointed.