Pros: Blade Sharpness, Overall Quality, Handle Material, Blade Material
Cons: Sheath/Scabbard, None
Cold Steel's excellence continues
I purchased this knife as a general 'camping/fishing' knife. I thought it might be a little too large for general purposes but was pleased that it is well balanced and quite flexible if used properly. The handle is excellent allowing for a firm comfortable grip even when wet. The blade, the primary, reason I purchased the knife is shaped from VG-10 steel and is extremely sharp right out of the box. I prefer this Japanese type of steel and although expensive, it is in mho one of the better choices on the market. While everyone has their favorite, this one is mine. It can be honed to a razor's edge and keeps that edge through a lot of usage. If I do have a "do over" moment it would be about the sheath. It is a quality product and attractive. However, I would have preferred a kydex type of sheath for better retention and better access to the knife and it's sheath. The knife's razor edge will eventually take its toll on the leather sheath and securing the snap to the handle for retention will be bothersome. I hope cold steel sees fit to make a kydex sheath that will fit most of its better blades. While not a cheap knife, it should be a long lasting knife an very usable blade.