Pros: Blade Material, Materials, Handle Material, Weight, Finish, Overall Quality, Blade Sharpness
A Nice, ‘Gung Ho’ Knife
This is the best representation of the V44 Bowie/Collins No. 18 Machete style Bowie knife in mass production for under $150 (although, Case’s Bowie, available at KnifeCenter.com, is more authentic). The V44 style Bowie is one of my favorites, it is true to the original intent of Rezin Bowie, to create a knife that would put down a bull with a single blow to the skull. Hence, according to American Folk Lore, was created the famous American knife that filled the gap between short sword, and butcher knife. The V44/Collins No. 18 has a proven track record with the U.S. Marine Corps Raiders on Guadalcanal, and other campaigns of WWII. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Nice grind on the blade. The black powder coating is fairly durable, and protects from rust, but still need to treat the edge. Handle is comfortable/hand-filling, and I like the Kraton grips on all of the SP line. They are very grippy, weather resistant, and shock absorbing. Sheath is OK. It is quiet, and MOLLE compatible. SP 10 should perform all duties of a large survival/camp knife rather well. But, you’ll have it on hand, just in case you’re ever charged with taking a tropical island from a well entrenched defender : ) This is definitely a, “Best Buy,” Bowie. Many knife makers charge $200 and upwards for a knife in 1095 steel, this size. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> I’d sure love to see this Bowie in OKC’s Blademaster-in-Residence, Dan Maragni’s excellent, 5160 steel (polished blade, stacked leather, leather sheath) …and people in he** want ice water.