Pros: Blade Sharpness, Sheath/Scabbard, Handle Material, Blade Material, Materials, Weight, Overall Quality, Finish
Perfect field knife in tropical environments
I own both this blade and the 6 1/4"Tops/Buck. The most useful for my purposes in the field is the shorter blade. The tip is thicker and stronger which I find of particular need for drilling holes in bamboo. I do not care for the holes in the blade. Perhaps that was the only Tops contribution to the design of this knife. If so, it was near useless. I have never found a need for an oxygen wrench for oxygen bottle in my home or field. I never saw one in combat when it comes to that. Don't knock 420HC if you haven't used and sharpened it extensively. For long term field work, the steel snobs can keep the specialty steels that they send back to the manufacturers for sharpening once a year or spend hours at home doing the same thing. I started paying my sharpening dues in the late 1950s. I much prefer a blade that can be field sharpened for long term field use. Short mission requirements are different and you can get away with specialty steels. Another plus for this knife is the grip. It is, exceptional. Good job Buck!