Pros: Materials, Handle Material, Blade Material, Finish, Weight, Overall Quality, Blade Sharpness
Cons: Sheath/Scabbard, None
Excellent utility knife
I'm a retired craftsman and an amateur inventor. I wanted an all-round utility knife. I've used many that were folding knives and some were quite good, but still a bit small. I have been using this knife for a few months, and I love it! The grip is superb. No slip when wet. Feels completely secure. And very comfortable for my medium sized hands. I use it for cooking like a chef's knife. I need to use a thick cutting board with it so that the blade can be used for chopping without the blade guard getting in the way. For food slicing, it works smoothly and its long enough for almost any job. Cuts bread easily. I cut up cardboard boxes for recycling, and it goes through them like butter. The steel is thicker than I expected for a knife used for cleaning fish. Must be mainly big salmon in Alaska that it was designed for. No flexing at all. The blade is a lot thicker than my Buck hunting knife. The blade grind is a flat grind, not a hollow grind, as stated, That is preferable for a utility knife. A scandi grind would be a little stronger for chopping wood, but a scandi grind doesn't work very well for food prep. The blade has enough heft to wack off vines and thin branches. So it should make an excellent camp knife. I tried feathering some wood and it worked fine, but not quite as easily as a scandi grind like the Moras and other bushcraft knives. Takes a little practice. I also wanted a knife that was big enough to intimidate anyone attempting a burglary since I've scared away three different intruders into my yard in the past 20 years, and this knife fits the bill. It looks a bit like a fighting knife.or a mini machete. The sheath comes in two parts. The part that covers the blade, the sheath, is stiff and strong black plastic with rivet holes and hollow metal rivets along both top side and bottom side. Its good looking. The other part is a wide, plastic belt clip that attaches to the sheath part with screws. But it does not attach or fit as easily as it should. It seems like an afterthought rather than an integrated sheath design. Don't like it. I don't wear belts since I usually wear sweat pants, so I ditched the belt clip. The holes in the sheath would allow for easy attachment to a home-made belt loop. With the knife in the sheath, the balance is at the top holes in the sheath. That's not as convenient to work with for the purposes of making a belt loop as would be a taller sheath. To carry the knife, I use an adjustable shoulder strap, probably from a suitcase. Or, I just slip the sheathed knife into my front pants pocket -- as long as the pocket is deep enough. For use with the strap, I attached two, small key rings -- one to the tip of the sheath and another to the top of the opening. The knife hangs handle down so I remove it with a quick tug. Putting it back requires two hands. The sheath is tight and it takes a lot of pressure to get the knife out, so it might be hard to get the knife out of the sheath quickly if worn on a belt. It requires strong thumb pressure on the sheath and the sheath releases gradually. But for carrying the knife upside down, the friction is perfect. The hard sheath does not leave polish marks on the blade as is the case for some hard sheaths. If I carry the sheathed knife in my pocket, then I have to use two hands to take it out of the sheath. I usually carry a one-hand folding knife which I can use if necessary, but most of the time using two hands is not a problem unless I'm holding something I need to cut and can't put it down. I also wanted a bright orange handle so that I wouldn't misplace the knife while using it outdoors. The shade of orange is bright and beautiful, not the bleached orange shade used on some knives. I always know where it is. For small detail work, the knife is too big to use without practice. But I often use it anyway just because it's fun to use. I like tools. I get a lot of pleasure from just looking at this knife and just holding it. It's both simple and a beauty. The steel seems to hold an edge as well as any of my other knives, even the super steels. But I haven't done any comparison testing. Modern stainless steels are impressive. The finish quality of the knife was excellent. No modifications necessary. I usually have to grind off rough edges and burrs, and further modify the shape and function of most folding utility knives that I buy, and improve the grip of the handle by grinding or grooving. But I did need to modify how to make best use of the sheath as described above. The blade was very well sharpened out of the box. So far, I've just touched up the belly of the blade twice, and have yet to actually sharpen it. I'll use my Work Sharp with a medium belt. That will take about 30 seconds. Frankly, I'm still amazed that I got this much knife for a relatively low price. It's better than I expected.. But if you want only a belt knife, well, this knife may not be for you unless you are willing, if necessary, to make some modifications to the sheath..