Pros: Materials, Handle Material, Weight, Blade Material, None
Cons: Overall Quality, Finish, Blade Sharpness
I bought mine quite a while ago as a pre-order from knife center when they first came out. The edge on my sample was horrid: not sharp forward of the point where the blade starts to taper to the tip, burred, gouged and uneven with dull spots where the grinds didn't meet. The area where the edge transitions from the side to the taper was the most dull and stuck out like ears on the side of the blade. It looked like it was sharpened by dragging the pavement on a bumpy road from the back of a moving vehicle. The tip was ridiculously thin and fragile. It bent almost immediately. It took several hours of work with a file to correct these problems. Once that was done, I had an amazing machete. Double edged means twice as much cutting between sharpening. The acute point is great for boring holes and digging. The concave sides don't let vines slide off before being cut. This excels at chopping tough woody plants like holy as well. The slightly reprofiled tip has proven highly durable when subjected to abuse like throwing, and springs right back from ludicrous bending under the weight of the rest of the machete plus the stick it's lashed to as an improvised spear. The grind on a later sample I purchased was MUCH better. The sheath doesn't inspire confidence but has held up well to being lashed to my pack as well as bouncing around in the toolbox of a truck.