Pros: Sheath/Scabbard, Blade Sharpness, Overall Quality, Handle Material, Blade Material
A pleasant little surprise
I'm normally a big camp knife guy - I typically favor blades 7-10 inches long. However, I also live in Illinois, a state with some of the dumbest knife laws on the books. I kept seeing positive reviews popping up for the Eldris, and something about it intrigued me. I now own two, and love them. No, it will not do everything a large knife can do. But could I get everything done that I'd need to outdoors with the Eldris as my only knife? Pretty sure I could. The knife is all about fire prep -- the spine throws great sparks on a ferro rod and works great as a scraper to create fluff to catch a spark; it's razor sharp and feathers and carves like a champ; and it even batons perfectly well. Are you going to baton a 9-inch round with it? Of course not. But for creating kindling it's great. My favorite part of the knife is the handle. Finally -- finally! -- someone had the good sense to make a small-bladed knife with a normal-sized handle. I'm a big guy with big hands, and this handle is exceedingly comfortable for every task. I have no complaints about the sheath. I purchased the leather attachment with the first one I bought, but took it off after one or two carries out in the woods -- the retention is fine without it. I replaced the paracord with ball chain. I don't like being strangled -- but hey, maybe that's just me. So, will it replace an axe? Obviously not. Is it a one-tool option? Maybe. This knife punches way above its weight, and I find myself going to it more and more often when I'm outside. Plus, it's pretty much legal to carry everywhere in my dumb state -- even in Chicago.