Pros: Blade Sharpness, Sheath/Scabbard, Handle Material, Blade Material, Materials, Weight, Overall Quality, Finish
I bought this knife about six months ago from knifecenter.com. This knife, although pricey by my standards, is excellent. The value to cost ratio is tremendous. It is simple and quietly elegant. Fit and finish are outstanding. The ergonomics, though seemingly rudimentary, are wonderful; the handle provides a solid hold in all types of grips and the micarta has a nice warmth to it that, at least to me, G10 typically lacks. (The sheath is also quite attractive and clearly well made, but because I make my own sheaths out of 9-10 oz leather, it rests quietly on a shelf.) The Sleipner steel takes a VERY fine edge and holds it extremely well. I use this as my primary day-to-day knife, especially when working in the yard or out fishing and hiking. The only reason it is not my primary woods knife is because of the saber grind. Though this grind, coupled with the near perfect balance of the knife, makes it a great slicer and is particularly adept at fine cutting tasks, more so than its medium-large size might lead one to believe, I use a scandi grind blade as my primary camping knife due to the scandi grind being easier for me to touch up on a ceramic rod during extended time afield. I've batoned, beaten and firesticked with this knife and it excels at everything I've put it through. Whether in the kitchen, the backyard or the trail, this knife does everything I need it to do and does it well. I own a couple more expensive knives that lend themselves a bit more toward being true bushcraft knives, but this is a knife I will NOT let go of until it's time to hand it down to one of my kids. IF they can pry it from my hand.