Pros: Blade Sharpness, Sheath/Scabbard, Handle Material, Blade Material, Materials, Weight, Overall Quality, Finish
Schrade SCHF10...An excellent knife at a super-fine price
This is a quarter-inch+plus thick, 5.3 inch (mine measures 5 5/8"), full tang, hollow ground, very nicely shaped and very well sharpened and black-coated s/s blade, with some coarse but much-appreciated jimping on top of the blade above the lower attaching screw AND (still on top of the blade) just beyond the lower extremity of the grip AND on the bottom of the handle-steel, where the ring finger and little finger fall when gripping the knife. This, plus the excellent rough-feel micarta grip scales, plus the outstanding grip shape, make this relatively small but unusually hefty knife very secure in the hand. I have very large hands and, for me at least, this grip rocks. The balance point is just beyond the lower scales-attachment screw. Very nice and greatly appreciated in a knife this heavy. The sheath is a heavily constructed nylon, pouch-on-the-front, hard polymer liner affair that strikes me as the best nylon sheath I've ever received with a new knife---and I've received a bunch of 'em. A good many years ago I bought one of those chunky/heavy/ five-inch Beckers. I kept it a few years. . .in a drawer, and then sold it cheap in a yard sale. It just didn't ring my bell. This Schrade strikes me as exactly what I wished the Becker had been. It's definitely a "keeper". This is not a hunting knife or a kitchen knife. For a five-inch knife it is a real brute, a survival/bush-craft bladet, yet with a remarkable level of sophistication suggesting any number of uses for which it would do just fine. Last but not least, I bought this beauty on sale, at KnifeCenter, for about 20 bucks. As far as I'm concerned that made it my knife deal of the century. Strongly recommended!