Pros: Blade Material, Blade Sharpness, Handle Material, Weight, Overall Quality, None
Cons: Sheath/Scabbard, Finish
Durable knife with qualities outside it's price
This is a really good knife for the money, especially if you don't mind a little tinkering. The edge holds up nice, it's strong as can be, has good grinding angles, a comfortable handle, a nice feel in the hand and awesome features like the protruding pommel, lashing holes, textured G10 handles and functional saw on the back of the blade. I have a similar knife but received it as a gift probably 9 or 10 years ago, it is by Smith and Wesson, tanto, and has the sawback but the model us CKSUR4C so the only difference is the "C" on the end. It has a black and gray camo on the blade and came with a different sheath that included a small diamond sharpener. I left this knife in an attic in Florida for about 5 years and the blade edge had no rust, even with all the heat and humidity. There was no fading on the handle material or anything. The fit and finish aren't perfect, parts of the metal jut out of the handle and make hard small hard edges to hold onto on my model. After all these years I sharpened it up with a few strokes from that diamond sharpener and took it out to chop logs, baton, saw and pry wood in the cold and ice and it held up wonderfully. The edge is still nice after all that, no bends and the saw works great! I noticed my hand slipping some so a lanyard would be handy, or maybe some modifications to the handle with a file. The edges of the guard hurt when chopping. It's pretty good for batoning, too, there's just enough edge for it but you have to remember that there's that little cutout at the base of the blade before the guard. The pommel is solid and rugged, feel like I could break glass with it if necessary. I've thrown this knife at some plywood as well, it works okay and the screws in the handle have not loosened.