Pros: Handle Material, Blade Material, Handle Feel, Weight, Overall Quality, Ease of Opening, Blade Sharpness
Carbon V reborn!
I make bows. I need a sodbuster design for the minutia required to preserve small pin branches. I also need a blade that acts as both detail tool and scraper. Let me tell you folks something from a professional woodworker: I used this knife to cut drywall in the bathroom, then immediately after to trim tar off the shingles at my son's roof's drip edge, then I went to perform all the scraping and detail work and on the back of an osage character bow. I did not sharpen this knife throughout all these processes, and I still managed to filet my index finger about 9/10 of the way through the bow. It wouldn't quite shave, but it would catch my arm hair, just sub-shaving. This steel is the same B-50100/carbon v that Camillus and Cold Steel used to use in their late 80's/early 90's knives, but it is tempered far harder. It performs a little less impressively than my ZT0770 in CPM-M4. For the price, you cannot lose on this deal. If you end up disliking the handle (for the record I love mine) pin the blade into a fixed handle of your own design. It will never leave your side once you use it hard. This knife doesn't leave my toolbox. It is invaluable, and has, for me, held a frightening edge under weeks of outright abuse. Get one before they get discontinued. You'll be one very sorry feller if you wait too long.