Pros: Materials, Finish, Overall Quality, Weight, Blade Material, Blade Sharpness
Nice Heavy Short Utility Blade
At first glance this is a fairly nondescript knife, though in a way this is probably by design as this seems to be the way with all RATs. The knife is well balanced and while the handle is a little on the short side for my large hands it feels good in the hand, with the relatively smooth Micarta providing adequate grip. When 'choking up' the handle length is not an issue, though the choil could be wider (I am wondering how long it will be 'til I nick my index finder on the blade!). Thickness of the handle is good, even for my big hands - however, this said, is not overly thick so I am sure it would suit most users. For me, the blade is a good length for utility chores. Not a monster for chopping down trees or battoning - but then again what do you expect from a 4" knife?? The blade itself is substantially thick with a flat grind down to the cutting edge. As Noss4 has proved on Youtube, it will take a lot of abuse and keep on going!!. The blade is well balanced, though *slightly* heavy in the hand - this is the trade off you take for a blade you can smack through concrete blocks with a hammer.... (Noss4 again). Gimping is adequate and will prevent your thumb sliding forward - though the gimping could be a bit sharper. Overall quality and finish on the knife is good, and it arrived sharp enough to shave with. The Kydex sheath is good and I like the fact that the snugness of fit can be adjusted by simply adjusting a captive screw. The MOLLE back is surprisingly large when compared to the 'naked' Kydex sheath and so I doubt I will ever use it. In addition to the MOLLE back, the knife also comes with MOLLE locks which provide a more compact way to attach the Kydex to your gear if you are MOLLE equipped! Overall a good knife and well finished for its class. Slightly overpriced - though a chunk of this is likely the inclusion of *both* the MOLLE back and the MOLLE locks. You will need to decide whether these are important/useful to you. One final point. After about 3 weeks in the 90%+ humidity of HK the exposed (sharpened) edge of the 1095 blade has started to show signs of rust. This is not a surprise given the steel used, just a comment and something to note if you will be in a wet/humid area...