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For Under $20...this is a Fabulous Deal as long as know what you are getting.
on February 16, 2013
I own a fair number of knifes and like to have them around for working around the house or outdoor activities. I am putting together a bug out bag and I already have a Mora Swedish Utility knife (which is fabulous BTW and available here...although I got mine at a gun show) But was looking for a good hunting, camping survival knife for that as well as outdoor adventures. I also am a cheapskate and can't stand to spend a lot on knives when I don't use them everyday. I have an office job and my outdoor and camping/hunting adventures...while regular are still strictly part time. So dropping $200 for a top of the line knife....or even $50 for a Buck knife didn't make sense to me when there are solid options available for under $20.
I received this last night and immediately was curious about the knife and tore into the package. I wanted a good size knife for camp duties and for utility purposes and with a 7" blade this certainly fits the bill. Anything bigger I don't think would be practical for most jobs.
It looks cool (not that that should really matter....but it kinda does) It cam pretty sharp. A few minutes sharpening the knife and I could shave the hair on my leg. I walked around with the knife on my property and hacked on a tree, chopped up a card board box in the trash....it worked like a champ. Very sturdy.The grip is rubberized and comfortable. It has a glass break knob on the pommel that, based on the heft of the knife, outght to work like a champ. While it has some weight, its full tang design is well balanced and well suited for anything reasonable (or not) youd need to do with a knife. I have used Buck knives before and I doubt this would hold up as well or hold an edge as well but this bad boy is almost a third of the cost of a buck knife and I think the hande and weighting and blade are comparable based on the price.
Cons: The 3 gripes of other reviewers are absolutely correct but 2 are basically quibbles. The goofy squared of seration on the top of the knife has no discernible purpose and the sandpaper like inserts on the handle (which didn't impact anything from my test use) is kind of a head scratcher. I might be able to file my nails on it. The sheeth on this has gotten a lot of bashing and I get why. THe basic sheeth is just that...its nylon and without an insert, the life expectancy on the sheeth (with heavy use) would probably be short. Not a big deal for the price point. But that velcro strap at the top of the sheeth to hold in the knife....that thing well and truly sucks. It looks like it won't survive for long and is irritating to use and looks bad.
The sheeth is kind of a big deal so I debated between a 4 and a 5 star rating but the knife is such a great value, I chose to overlook the sheeth issue and the other minor stuff. If things change...I'll post an update,