Pros: Handle Material, Weight, Blade Sharpness, None
Cons: Overall Quality, Blade Material, Sheath/Scabbard, Finish
Hoping for a Gen 2
I'm a collector, so quality and appearance are paramount to me. Since I already had Cold Steel's marvelous Frontier Bowie, which has a lot of look-alike features, I assumed, incorrectly, the Rifleman's would follow in fit and finish quality. Unfortunately, neither does. For example, the rivet that holds the belt loop on the frog is positioned to scratch the hell out of the knife's brass guard (I covered the rivet with a thin felt pad, but it will get knocked off if I'm not careful when sheathing) - there should be another thick layer of leather between the frog's loop and backing, to space the rivet away from the guard. Also, despite there being enough protective grease on the blade to lube 4 or more knives, there is a spot of corrosion under it - obviously the corrosion was there before the grease was applied, or the grease used is ineffective. However, the Frontier Bowie, which was what sold me on the Rifleman's pre-order, cost quite a lot more, so I accept that I got what I paid for in the Rifleman's. I would rather, though, to have paid extra and received another marvelous knife (if Cold Steel comes out with a "Gen 2" in the future, with better fit and finish, I'll scoop that one and flog this one). Overall: worth the price, and a great looking knife - - 'nuff said.