Pros: Blade Material, Sheath/Scabbard, Handle Material, Weight, Materials, Overall Quality, None
Cons: Blade Sharpness
Extremely Solid Piece
This is my first "real" fixed blade knife. I generally only splash out on high-quality over-engineered folders like Medford or Zero Tolerance. That said, I am very impressed with this knife. The overall fit and finish is satisfyingly less than perfect; that way I can tell it's definitely hand made. In my mind, any fixed blade knife almost qualifies as over-engineered. But this thing is like they took a quarter inch thick slab of steel and beat it into near-perfection at a forge. The engraving is "Hubertus Waidblatt" meaning "Hubertus Wide-Blade" and "Geschmiedet" meaning "Forged" and "Karbonstahl" meaning "Carbon Steel". Additionally, there's a Solingen stamp, a couple oak leaves, and a very German-looking deer head with antlers and a cross. The sheathe is excellent. The blade geometry is cool. The only drawbacks are maybe it's too nice to actually use, and also you're not going to win any paper-cutting contests with this as-is. But, come on, it's basically a small machete.