Pros: Overall Quality, Handle Material, Blade Material
Cons: Sheath/Scabbard, Finish, None
5160 steel works when others crack
I wanted a one knife to do everything and replace many tools in hiking and backpacking. While it's pretty heavy and probably will not suit weight-oriented hikers, you need to take its many uses into consideration. It's a thick and big knife, so I also use it as a shovel, axe, climbing nut, pole, and many other things. It can carve a small stick and it can chop down a tree or crack a rock or split a log. You can pry with it without any fear - 5160 is not the sharpest steel, but it wont crack and leave you with a useless $200 worth of metal on the trail. This knife is dependable. Now the biggest con is the sheath, but you can DIY PVC pipe sheath easily, so not a big problem. The other small con is finish - it scratches easily and quite soon the knife becomes grayish. I would prefer matte steel or no finish at all.