Pros: Blade Sharpness, Sheath/Scabbard, Handle Material, Blade Material, Materials, Weight, Overall Quality, Finish
Outstanding Knife, Outstanding Sheath.
I just got this knife today, and first impression was amazement. The knife is surprisingly easy to wield despite its weight, and is very comfortable in the hand. The blade has a sort of downward angle, which gives it a forward weight that would be great for chopping wood, and good angle for deep slicing attacks for a deployment/combat knife...it also has a reinforced tip, that I imagine would take some real work to break. The description says "Storage Area and Wrench" ...the description is wrong; there is NO BUILT-IN WRENCH on the coco-bolo model, which I was happy to learn. I believe the Storage Area and Wrench is reserved only for the "G-Mascus" models. I have to say the Coco-Bolo is really quite beautiful, with some deep figure in the wood grain. I've been collecting knives for many years now, and this is hands down the most capable fixed-blade I own. I have no negative reviews of the knife. It seems like a reasonable price for such high quality. I think Hogue knives are top-of-the-line in production knives. I own knives from many other well known knife manufacturers, and there are few companies that match Hogue's level of quality. I also own Hogue's EX-01 folding knife, and it has never let me down. I love it so much I just had to buy the EX-F01 fixed blade. The sheath is outstanding. Military grade nylon and snaps, MOLLE compatible, multiple carry options, and quick release belt loop so you don't need to take your belt off to attach the sheath to your belt. This is the only plastic insert sheath I've seen that is molded to the blade to disallow blade rattle. The handle retention straps can be reversed, adjusted for handle thickness, and/or removed. There is nothing I would change about this knife.