Pros: Weight, Handle Material, Blade Material
First, let me say that my rating of 5 is with respect to value; there are better knives available but many of them cost a lot more. I was looking for a "tool", not the best knife available. I use this knife primarily for "large" duties such as chopping, digging and prying (obvious, huh?) ... I do a lot of digging and prying. To test a knife, I abuse it for quite a while (up to a year) before taking it out. I have had this knife only for a while, so the abuse includes only lots of warm weather chopping, lots of digging, and even edging the yard by dragging the knife against the concrete sidewalk. I have also pried with all of my weight (185 pounds, feet off the ground while prying). This winter, I will chop frozen wood and clean the ice off of my outside steps with it. So far, the edge retention has exceeded my expectations, particularly with respect to the tip and the digging in high-silica dirt. No issues at all in the chopping or the prying either, even with my big fat butt totally cantilevered on the handle. I like the handle shape and size. I have a large hand, and this handle is good (fit and finish are acceptable). The large depth (chord?) to width ratio makes it excellent for twisting the knife, if you need to. The shape of the base of handle holds the knife to your hand well when you're chopping. Overall, the handle shape is very well done. I am an old blind fart, so ordered the orange handle so that I can find the darned thing in a bag or when I drop it. Any a-hole who orders cammo knofe handles to look cool can kiss the money goodbye. The orange is great. The removable handle has both pros and cons. The pro is that you can take the handle off and lash the blade, which I actually do on other knives. The con is that if it loosens, you'd damn-well better be carrying the right Allen wrench. The sheath is not great, but not terrible. When carrying the normal way (hanging from your belt), it is okay, but don't run like Jesse Owens, and be very careful using it any other orientation because the knife will just slide out. My biggest complaint is a slight concavity (inward curvature) in the profile of the blade. I use a knife for EVERYTHING, including lots of food preparation. It is a real pain in the butt to try to cut tastey animals when the frappin' blade is not contacting the cutting board surface. I don't believe that the knife was designed this way. It looks like it was hand-ground and is just slightly imperfect, but this matters when you're feeding yourself and trying to keep the skinning part of the blade sharp. On the subject of skinning, the blade depth (chord I think) is sufficiently deep that you can grasp the last five inches or so of the back of the blade and use it to skin tastey groundhogs. It is easier to carry a smaller knife, but , if you're a one-knife guy or gal, it can be done. Overall, this knife is great for the money. Buy the orange one.