164 of 173 people found the following review helpful
on May 30, 2008
I guarantee that this will be the best [...] that you will ever spend for a knife. And compared to others of this level, I would expect to pay triple the price. The blade comes sharp as a razor out of the box and stays that way. I use it and abuse it, give it a few licks with the included sharpening stone, then I'm back in business. I never go hiking without it and it can easily take down small trees, tree limbs, cut cording, rope, dig a hole, whatever you need done, it can do it. Hands down, no questions asked. I am never afraid to use this thing. I've paid 3 times more for half the quality. And the sheath is actually quality. So buy it!
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157 of 172 people found the following review helpful
I bought this very same knife at a sporting goods store here some time back. First of all I have to say I like the size of it, (10 1/2 inches). Its been my experience that too many people go out of their way to buy a hunting or survival knife that is way too big for their needs. Unless you are planning to become the next Jeremiah Johnson you don't need anything as heavy and ungainly as a 15" or bigger knife. Its also been my experience that something smaller comes in far more handy, as well as more efficient in a true crisis situation as well. This knife is large enough to use as a real tool and weapon, without being a liability for most of the same purposes. It is very solidly built with a full tang (the blade goes all the way through the handle) design, as well as a very comfortable grip. The blade was sharp when purchased and can be honed to a fine shaving worthy edge when necessary. The blade is also powder finished, meaning it doesn't carry the high gloss look of most other blades available. This has tended to turn some people off in reviews of other knives I have read here, but it shouldn't. A shiny finish on a knife may look really cool when its new. But over time, (if you're one to actually use a knife rather than just wear it to look tough) a glossy finish takes a beating not just during regular use, but from normal sharpening as well. Owning a functional knife that has a high gloss blade is something like owning a black car. They look really awesome when spankin' new, until they get dinged and scratched. Then they look like hell, and every little imperfection becomes quite noticeable. I think if you are one to be considering this knife for any real use, you will come to really like the matte finish over time very much.
Finally, a knives sheath is something that usually doesn't get all that much attention in most reviews. Most sheaths are comfortable and adequate. But my own experience over time has been that most also wear out, crack, break, etc, and need replacing many times before the actual knife has seen better days. This knifes sheath is definately an exception. It is reinforced with steel and has a hard inner liner that will see it last for many years. It also uses a Velcro loop at the top to hold the knife straight rather than a snap. This allows the owner to leave it loose or tight to one's personal taste. And it will last longer than a cheap strip of rawhide like so many other knives carry as well. If you're considering a true piece of tough hardware in a knife that will take years of sharpening and use without fail, I highly recommend the Smith and Wesson Bullseye. I have seen knives that cost three times as much that don't carry the same quality...
77 of 86 people found the following review helpful
on June 13, 2011
Note that as other reviewers have pointed out, the product picture that Amazon has for this item is not accurate. The correct picture for this item is the product picture for the Smith and Wesson CKSUR2 with a slight curve to the blade's cutting edge.
I bought this knife in October of 2010, and I have been very impressed with its performance and durability. My only complaint has been the slight wobble between the knife tang and top of the handle/hand guard (mentioned in other reviews), but honestly this has not affected the performance of the knife one bit and is only an annoyance when holding the knife loosely and shaking it.
The blade is right around 1/8 of an inch thick nearest to the guard, making it very rigid and perfect for digging. This also contributes to giving the blade a sufficient amount of mass for chopping down saplings or knocking off branches around an inch in diameter with a single swing. The last 1.5 inches on the back of the blade closest to the point have a semi-sharpened edge that I find perfect for scraping dirt and debris off of flat metal surfaces.
The handle of the knife is made of a durable, weather-proof, rubberized material that is comfortable and easy to grip in any conditions. No complaints.
The pommel is flat and seems fairly strong, I have used it to pound in light nails, and for bending over sharp wire ends. The tang extends through the pommel, ending flush with the pommel surface, at which point it is somewhere around 1/4 inch wide and 1/8 inch thick.
The sheath that comes with the knife is very well made, consisting of a durable plastic interior wrapped with nylon and riveted all the way through. There is a useful velcro pocket on the outside which can hold the included (although somewhat crude) sharpening stone, or other crucial items like waterproof matches, tinder and/or a magnesium bar. The sheath is designed with many slots and straps, allowing it to be attached in numerous ways, although I will say that the loop designed for hanging from a standard belt is barely large enough to accommodate my 1-3/8 inch wide leather belt. I need to roll the end of the belt a bit to actually get it to pass through the loop initially, but it does fit.
This knife is very tough, and really is a great choice for the Amazon price tag. I work out in the woods in the northern midwest setting and checking trap lines, and this knife has been through some rough weather hacking through brush and saplings, digging shallow holes, cutting rope, pounding small nails, etc, while still maintaining a respectable edge. It sharpens easily enough and rides very well against the leg.
18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
on May 23, 2013
Alright, so i purchased this knife roughly 14 months ago. I backcountry camp at least once a month (often twice) and have always brought this knife with me as well as a smaller folding one to complete smaller tasks. I used this knife regularly while camping for a variety of standard camping tasks, including some light wood splitting. The CKSUR1 arrived reasonably sharp, seemed well made, looked sexy, and worked nicely... to begin with. The black coating used on the blade does wear a bit, but seems to hold up well. At the 6 month point, the pin that holds the grip/guard/stop on the tang sheared and came loose/fell off. Luckily, with a full length tang, i fashioned myself a temporary paracord handle to finish my trip. I have no idea what it was made of, but based on the ease of drilling it out after, it seemed like aluminum. I replaced the pin with one i custom made from high carbon steel. That eliminated any problems I had, the knife remained relatively sharp with semi regular honing. Fast-Forward to 14 months after purchase, and the tip of the knife (1.5" from the point) snapped off while splitting a 2" diameter piece of wood. This knife should have been able to easily handle such a task. I think I'll be going back to my Ka-Bar, despite the CKSUR1 feeling better in my hand.
PS. Does anybody know if there is a warranty on this knife?
13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
on March 23, 2012
I was looking for a reasonably priced fixed-blade camping/survival/do anything knife with a decent sheath and this more than surpassed my expectations.
The knife arrived serviceably sharp, although I did take some time to sharpen it up a bit more (and test out the sharpening stone). This a solid, full tang knife with a comfortable handle. If you have huge hands, you might want to try the Marine-issue bowie knife that's a little bigger, but this one is great for me. (I have average-sized hands.) It's heavy duty, the blade had a nice solid feel to it and the construction seems solid. It's also pretty well balanced.
The sheath is NICE for a knife this price. Nylon with a hard plastic core that's securely screwed together. It's solid, the d-ring on the bottom of the sheath is solid and I have no doubt it will last. The knife only goes in the sheath one way and it is well secured. I do have three (resolvable) issues with it though.
1) The main belt loop seemed too small for an 1.5" belt when I first tried it and I thought that was the dumbest thing... who uses a skinny little belt for camping/survival/tactical stuff? Then I noticed it looked like they over-sewed the velcro keeper (part that goes around the handle when the knife is in the sheath) through both sections of the loop. Not sure if they did that on purpose, but I undid it and the loop now fits wide belts.
2.) The velcro keeper, I felt, was too low, got in the way and made it a bit annoying to put the knife back in the sheath because it took two hands to put the knife away. When I undid the sewing issue, I just moved it up (wraps higher around the handle now) and resewed it back on. It was single-stitched out of the box, so I doubled that up as well.
3) My last issue with the sheath is that the two loops that hold the sheath horizontally on a belt (if you choose that configuration) were only single stitched. The stitching seems strong enough but I felt adding another row of stitching would make it more secure. Since those were all pretty quick fixes to make, and personal preference really, I'm not knocking any stars off for that.
I couldn't really care less about the sharpening stone because I have a large wet stone I use for sharpening implements, but it's nice to have it in a pinch. It works but isn't the greatest. You could potentially use that pouch for a lighter or a small fishing kit or whatever else if you don't like the sharpener. It is stitched well and has a very secure velcro flap that overlaps quite a bit.
Overall, this is a very sturdy knife that tested well. The sheath is pretty gnarly cool and I expect this thing to last me for a long time with proper sharpening. Was well worth the money.
10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on February 25, 2015
after reading the reviews I thought this would be an ok knife for the money, after about a year I finally got aroind to using it. While batoning some soft wood the blade snapped in half about 2 inches above the handle, the inside of the blade had rusted from the edge and halfway to the spine. DO NOT BUY THIS P.O.S knife.
33 of 42 people found the following review helpful
on February 12, 2013
Bought 2 of these because I loved the look of the knife and sheath. Unlike some of the other reviews my knives were well made and very solid, nothing loose. Blades were well made too. However buyer beware!!! The sheath in the picture is wrong. You don't get the heavy-duty nylon sheath with metal reinforcements, D-ring, and lashing slots. You get some weak excuse for a sheath. It feels cheap in my hands and just looks like junk. They are cutting the quality and Amazon is not telling you. I'm bummed and debating on whether or not to return them both. If I physically saw the product before I bought them, I would have passed in a heartbeat! Amazon update your picture and descriptions!!!!!
36 of 46 people found the following review helpful
on August 27, 2009
Just received the S&W knife today. Checked it out and compared it to other knives I own, some costing five times as much, and I will say that this is a real bargain. It has good balance, very decent sharpness right out of the box, and I improved on that a bit with a good stone. The scabbard is of very good quality with a Velcro fastener that goes over the handle. The scabbard has a metal top plate and it fits the knife precisely. It looks and feels like a knife that would cost at least $60.00, so I'm happy.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on July 2, 2014
- cheap price not bad quality.
- does what you need it to.
- good grip and comfortable.
- nice holder and stone.
- comes ready to go out of the box.
- nice edge out of the box (not razor sharp but good for utility work)
- the holder works with molle system, i am hanging mine upside down as a speed release style.
- tang seems a bit weak in the butt.
- came chipped out of the factory box.
- the blade is not inline with the handle, it is about 2 to 3 degrees out.
- not enough weight, if the tang was a bit bigger and more of a force fit with out a driven pin i think it would be perfect.
- stone works good, back side of stone could be something like a starter or a rough stone, or something... no need to waste faces.
The knife is a good knife for what you pay. dont expect a ka-bar or anything like that but if you are in a pinch or have a survival bag... i would give a good amount of faith to pull her end of the deal. The overall package is well priced for what you get and the fact that it has about 5 different mounting options is well worth it.
The knife came to me with a few chips in the paint (dont think shipper did it, looks factory). not a big issue, i can fix it with some stuff i have here but that seems to be a quality issue on the manufactures end of it...
the blade is not straight with the handle, seems to be out a bit and i can feel it, but like i said if it came down to needing to live in the woods or survive for a while, that would not cause me to stop using it.
all in all only 4 stars, it is a good knife and well built, looks good, has some issues but nothing that is cause to concern for safety or survival.
9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on December 2, 2010
If your looking for a nice knife at a nice price, this is the knife for you. For about $20, I think it is well worth your money. The knife itself feels good in the hand. It has just enough weight that it feels really light but not too light that is would be hard to use. It came razor sharp out of the box in my case. The blade is a good length and the coat is nice. The blade coating is sort of textured; it doesn't seem painted on, more like powder coated. The Smith and Wesson logo, name, and the words Search and Rescue are etched onto the blade.
The sheath that this knife comes with seems to be worth $20 by itself. It is the best fixed blade sheath I have ever had. It's not one of those flimsy cloth sheaths that you would expect with a cheap knife. It has a harder plastic backing that is covered in cloth. The knife fits nice and snug and could easily be secured upside down. It has a main loop for normal upright belt carry. It also has loops for horizontal belt carry and a ring at the top that can be attached with a carabiner or a rope. Although you don't need it, there is a Velcro loop to secure the blade in the sheath. On top of the blade part, there is pouch which comes with a Smith and Wesson whetstone in it.
Overall it is a very nice knife at a very low price.