Pros: Blade Material, Sheath/Scabbard, Handle Material, Weight, Overall Quality, Finish
Just got this knife, so I haven't brutalized it with batoning tests, accidentally dropping it on rocks or New Mexico compressed sand, etc. I did carve a pine block into a rough sphere, rinse it, and cut up a ribeye. Then whittled the bone down to a toothpick, lol. No problems whatsoever so far. I'm impressed with how you can go delicate with it, despite its length. I gotta say, it's a wonderful knife. Aesthetically pleasing to the eye and hand. Reasonably sharp out of the box, but I did use my finest grit stone on it, and now it shaves hairs. Only about 2-3 minutes of gentle honing. My only initial beef/complaint is that it doesn't have a hammer pommel. The weight is awesome. My decision came down to 3 knives: this one, A Condor, and the well known BK2. The BK2 is too heavy. 1/4" thick is overkill for my needs. Plus I didn't like the stock handle scales. The condor 5" bushcraft was nice, but the wood handle worried me (it's dry where I live. Wood doesn't last in the sun without oiling/waxing and such. Plus, like the BK2, also a corrosion-prone blade. Even though I live and hike in the desert, NM is not the Empty Quarter. I'm always by rivers and creeks, dealing with damp wood, and sweating too much. I actually researched a hike/camp/bushcraft knife more than I researched the laptop I recently purchased, lol. I settled on this one, as it's ~$100. I didn't want to spend more, for obvious (to me, at least) reasons. My only experience with this type of knife previously is owning (and destroying) a few Moras. I still love the >$20 Moras. Great beaters. And you don't care if you ruin it on a backpacking trip. But, I did want more. Something a little longer, full tang, and /quality/ SS. Oiling blades is fine, but I don't want to worry about corrosion. Especially when away from 'civilization' for more than 3 days. On the sheath: too many people have complained about it. I own a bunch of Maxpedition molle packs/pouches, and it's on that level of quality. I like it. I like how I can attach a secondary sheath to it, for a flashlight, my phone, a Leatherman, or my fav. small fixed blade: a CRKT Folts Minimalist (wharncliffe). As a left handed person, I really love how the sheath is ambidextrous. That's an issue for us lefties. You'd be surprised how many stock sheathes are right handed only. Hint: 99% of them. Anyway, sorry for the TL;DR. I might update next month, when I get some time off to really test this guy out.