Pros: Blade Material, Weight, Materials, None
Cons: Blade Sharpness, Overall Quality, Handle Material, Sheath/Scabbard, Finish
The toughest steel, a good edge, thick enough steel to easily baton and therefore split wood, but the handle leaves something to be desired. The steel is tougher on this than the K-bar Kukri, and while both do the job, the K-Bars' distal taper works better when the blade is swung in combination with the handle. The "trick" is the balance in motion which K-Bar offers versus Cold Steels' product. I own both, and like both, but confidence comes from K-Bar and not so with Cold Steels' shape / handle combination. Cold steel has chosen a handle, which demands because of its' slim circumference, that you use a glove which grips well. When this is done, a greater level of confidence is attained. The grinding which has been done to Cold Steels' basic Kukri is atrocious to say the very least. Two hours to fix it, cursing all the way. And by the way, after grinding, the "craftsman" then sent the little darling to be friction coated. What a mess. When I received K-Bars kukri, sharp, clean and ready to rock and roll was it. This isn't to say that Cold Steel does not have a good product, they do! It works very - very well. But be prepared to fix the intolerable. If you are willing to do so, it's a great product and I'm proud to own it - by and by the way. As for the sheath.... Phooey!!!