-Price Paid: $35.00
-Used for Outdoor/Survival
-Owned for Greater than 1 year
This was the first fixed blade I ever purchased. I bought it based on its feel in my hand, it fit well and felt adequately balanced. I've owned this knife for about 11 years.
A good sized blade that I've used significantly at work in construction and in various fields of demolition. It holds up well against prying and as a wedge and various improvised tools.
Under heavy use the edge won't last very long. It struggles to maintain a razor edge under any usage. Although it will hold a pretty decently sharp edge for a good long time. Sharpening can get tedious but this is a good knife to learn sharpening skills with, as I have had to sharpen it a lot.
The pommel is a metal cap style. my came slightly loose about 8 years ago but has yet to come loose enough to fall off. Otherwise it has held up to repeated uses as a hammer.
A bit too smooth. If your hands are wet, or you do not have a strong grip, you may have an issue holding it adequately. I did accidentally drop the knife from a height of approximately 50 feet and the only damage was to the handle, where a chunk broke off. I was able to reattach it with model cement and it has not come off.
The cross guard is a sandwiched 3 piece guard. After about a year of use the guard started to slide around slightly, about 0.5 millimeters.
The full leather sheath has withstood significant abuse over the years and my only complaint is that the belt loop is a bit too large. Unless you're sliding it on a tool belt, you may find that it flops around too much if you're moving around a lot.
I bought this knife through the company I was working for back in late 2000. It has a good solid feel to it and still does. It is very rugged and durable but has too smooth a handle and lack good edge retention.