Pros: Blade Sharpness, Sheath/Scabbard, Handle Material, Blade Material, Materials, Weight, Overall Quality, Finish
The ‘One Knife’
Suppose you were shot down behind enemy lines, where you could have just one knife, what would your ‘one knife’ look like? I believe the Eickhorn Solingen Bellator Fixed 4.6” is that, ‘one knife.’ ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Steel: Böhler N695 is an excellent compromise in stainless steel (hardness/stain resistance/toughness/sharpen-ability). ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Blade: Drop point is proven design for strong point. Nice full primary grind, with some belly, promotes slicing. 4.6” is a good compromise size between a large Bowie/combat knife, and a small utility/tactical folder. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Grip: Slabs are ergonomic/comfortable in all grip styles. I like the curl-around, hawk’s head pommel (rear quillon), as this gives purchase/retention if the knife becomes stuck in strata, or hard downward thrusts, that could dislodge a knife from your hand. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Sheath: From the picture, I didn’t think I would like the sheath, but I am finding everything about this knife well thought out. It slips from retention quietly. Of late, I have been slathering these ugly Kydex sheaths with rubber cement, wrapping in leather/suede, trimming to ¼” overhang on trailing edge, punching 1/8” from edge, and cross-whip stitching trailing edge with leather lace or artificial sinew (use small copper rivets to finish edge if you don’t like stitching). It gives the sheath a ruggedly handsome, non-glare, primitive/rustic look that blends well with natural environments, while retaining the good features of Kydex (retention/non-moisture wicking/quiet, etc.). ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Performance/Overall: The narrow of depths blade (1”) makes this knife handy and agile as comparable to shorter blades, yet it has substantial spine to give it strength for heavy duty tasks. Fit and finish are superb. I consider this one of the nicest knives in my collection. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~I’m 95% sure that, Eickhorn Solingen Bellator Fixed 4.6” is, ‘The,’ one knife. I just got to check-out a couple-a-hundred more, to be absolutely sure ; ) You know, I still get as excited about a new knife today, as I did as a child, longing for that Boy Scout knife in the back of a comic book. A new knife represents endless possibility. Thank you, Knife Center, for your fine offerings from the Fountain of Youth (or, the Forge of Youth, rather).