Pros: Blade Sharpness, Sheath/Scabbard, Handle Material, Blade Material, Materials, Weight, Overall Quality, Finish
"Urban's Elder Brother"
I use intensively Cold Steel's "Urban Pal" and I am very pleased with everything it brings to my everyday life. However, I needed something bigger for self-defense purposes. "Best Pal" brings bigger size into play and basically resolves the "size issue". Pros: - bigger then Urban Pal, thus more effective for self-defense, but w/o risk to injure somebody severely as bigger Cold Steel daggers - nice practical sheath, blade does not fall from it, insert the dagger into it until a "click" is heard - stiffening rib on the front side to add some resistance, which represents improvement since Urban & Mini Pals do not have it - serrated edge to cut through clothes, blade & spear point are sharp out of the box - shock-absorbing Kray-Ex handle (you will notice difference, if you try to punch with metal skeleton type of handle, it injures your hand) - can be easily concealed (pretty obvious) - price is very acceptable in comparison with competitors Cons: - blade was covered in gun oil (very strange, but not a big issue really) - I would be happier to see a vertical belt clip with horizontal scabbard, rather than a neck chain. It is a push dagger and not a neck knife. I cannot imagine why would you want to wear it on your neck. You will never be able to draw it in time, unless you serve in military and do not care whether somebody see the knife on your neck on top of your clothes or not. But this is not the reason to remove any stars from dagger's rating. Great buy, happy with it!