Pros: Blade Sharpness, Sheath/Scabbard, Handle Material, Blade Material, Materials, Weight, Overall Quality, Finish
Awesome Quality for the Price Point
The Buck 625 Intrepid-L is a 5" inch blade as opposed to the 626 which is a 5 1/2" inch Blade. My "go to" is the Kabar Becker BK-7, and it will always be. However, I wanted something a bit more 'stout', particularly with a Tanto style blade for lighter duty and day hikes, and Buck really delivers on the intrepid series 100%. I really like this knife. The craftsmanship is superior, as I had always remembered Buck Knives to be in the past, and the blade is balanced pretty nicely as well. It's not heavy at all. The grip texture is great. I would say the blade not the sharpest I've seen out of the box, but it's definitely good enough to get the job done. I'll see how this blade holds up over the next few months, and I may then order the 626 - 5 1/2" blade to compare the two. The sheath is pretty standard; I would say it's average to above average with the plastic insert being a bit better than I had expected. I've noticed that pretty much all the sheaths are the same today with mass marketed cutlery. The sheath is definitely functional; which has 2 points of retention, one snap and one synch that is on 550 cord. I personally wouldn't call the synch on the paracord a proper point of retention, but I guess it's about as good as you're going to get with a stock sheath. Overall I suspect this blade will hold up over the years, and I'll be sure to write another review if I find any flaws or exceptions with this knife.