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Excellent, inexpensive, yet quality knife
on September 30, 2012
UPDATE AS OF 9/9/2013 AT THE BOTTOM.
UPDATE AS OF 8/26/2013 at the bottom of this review!
I bought this knife for batoning firewood, when I camp, and find it very good for that purpose, which I will get back to in a moment.
At the time of this writing, this particular knife is made in the USA, which is why I bought this particular model. That is very important to me.
There where two knives I was considering. This one, and the Ontario RTAK II. I bought this one, because I easily identified that it was made in the USA, and it was less expensive. These are both excellent knives apparantly from the reviews I have seen and read, but this one I verified was made in the USA, and was cheaper.
I give it four out of five stars because although I have tested it, and reviewed it, I do not have extensive field experience with the tool.
Rather than go over all the specs, you can read for yourself, I will say this is a very large knife with a nice solid, heavier feel to it. The whole package looks like quality to me, escpecially for the price. it comes with a nice sheath, that is made of nylon, which is fine with me.
I spent some time today Batoning firewood to see how it worked, and it performed like a champ. After testing it on batoning firewood, it surpisingly, still had a sharp edge the entire length of the blade.
I just put a review up on youtube, so if you would like to see, go there, and type in "the suburban hippie survivalist" into the search field.
Hope this helps!
I have had this knife quite some time now, and have split quite a lot of wood with this. I go camping a lot, and have cut wood with this about 20, or 30 times with it. I have driven the knife through knots, and only touched up the blade one time for sharpness. This blade holds an edge for a loooong time. It is rather amazing, considering I am driving this through wood!
I just sharpened this for the first time. I touched up the blade once when I first got it, but this is the first time I have done a real sharpening. I can't believe this blade. Not only does it keep an edge for a looong time, it is very easy to sharpen to a shaving edge. Meaning it only takes minutes to sharpen this edge enough to shave the hair off my arm. I have lots of knives I sharpen( Kitchen knives(low and high quality) and various other knives, and by far this is the FINEST blade I have. I really wouldn't expect it to be easy to sharpen, and keep it's edge long. That is mind boggling to me..