Top positive review
Not superior quality, but okay for price
on August 6, 2011
The leatherbound handle is a decent length, and the handle itself feels comfortable and firm in my hand. The nails that hold the leather onto the wooden part of the handle don't look incredibly sturdy however - the nail heads look rusted and a few places here and there the head juts out just abit instead of laying flat against the handle. It's not a problem as of right now, but in a few years I'm afraid I might have to buy a new better quality one. Buying a new one won't be a problem at all because it was sold to me at such a reasonable price, but it will eventually need replacement.
The leather feels real enough and smooth, but if the nails holding it down onto the handle wears through the leather, it looks like the handle may actually unravel. It's a good buy for something less than $3, but if you wanted something of beautiful craftsmanship, this falls flat. It serves its purpose well enough, but will probably only hold through for a few years of minimal use. On the other hand, it's great for first-time users or tentative buyers. If it falls short of your expectations, at least it's only $3 right?
I haven't had a problem with the dye chipping off, however it makes the handle feel very fake, and the ends hardened. I've decided to wash out the dye and treat it with leather oil so that it's smoother and doesn't scratch my partner. For the price, it's of very reasonable quality, but for people planning on using this, the dye hardens the ends of the leather a bit, so you'll want to wash at least that out if not the entire thing.