Pros: Overall Quality, Weight, Blade Material
Cons: Handle Material, None
MORE value than you could expect for the $$$$
MY first one of these was purchased from Cold Steel as a BLEM at least... well I forget but quite a while ago. I took it out of the box and noticed nothing wrong but hey, who was I to argue? Since it was a bush tool the first thing I did was wrap paracord around te handle until it got to what I wanted for fit. Sharpened it up with little problem even though it came sharp but them everything needs help some time. Since then it has been to Canada for moose and caribou hunting and general camping at least a dozen times. It took an edge that you could shave with and it withstood every thing I ever threw at it including quartering caribou joints. Fast forward to a couple years ago and I got another one. Obviously produced by someone different for CS. Fought my way into the packaging and pulled it free. A little different feel, the blade is just a touch longer and the grip a little smaller. It also isn't as sharp out of the box as most CS products, still for $20 I do not expect a razor blade, besides in our present days of stupid people getting to sue for everything I am just glad that is has any edge.. but is was still fairly sharp. Time to get out the sharpening stones and get to work. After making it sharp enough to split a fat atom and doing the grip wrap, building the grip with paracord until it fit my mitt, I head out to the woods I live in for some remedial trail clearing. The only surprise would be if there was a surprise. It took all the beating I gave it and kept right on going. When it got down to only diamond cutting sharpness I hit it with the sticks and kept whittling my way through the brush. The balance was changed in the new manufacture with the weight feel out to the tip a little more, this helps with the cutting. My only gripe if one was the grip is coming out fit for munchkin size hands I understand some guy in marketing says "Well it has to fit everyone." But they also have to look at their potential customer base and figure that the little people are NOT the ones who will be buying the majority of this product. One could complain about the sheath but come on... it comes with a $20 knife and free at that. If it offends you or does not function the way you like you can always find some leathersmith who will build you a custom sheath for double the price of the knife. ANYWAY, once again CS has provided more bang for the buck. The "new" one now rides 24/7 in the ARGO exposed to all the crap that goes with being on a vehicle that has no limits to the trouble it can get you into. AND, if I lose it, it jumps out from where I have it jammed into a nook of the ARGO, it is no great $$$ loss. I'll just get another one. The "old" one still sits in my camping gear pile. The 2 other new new ones are still in the wrap but will be coming out so I can sharpen them up and give to my boys as part of their Christmas booty, along with the CS Bushman "Bowie" knives I have for them. BTW, this knife make an interesting thrower. Very slow rotation speed but lots of edge to bite and if you do it right it buries so deep into the pine that it become work to get it out. Even if you didn't get the perfect throw in, I would hate to be on the receiving end when it gets there. This is a great blade for the price. I bought 4 of them.. then again I also wound up with 8 YES that is EIGHT Bushman knives of both blade styles and they are in various piles and bags and vehicles, so I think those are a pretty good buy also.