-Price Paid: $109.00
-Used for Outdoor/Survival
-Owned for 6 months
The quality of this knife is excellent. It is extremly sharp out of the box. It is obvious that this is a hand made knife, not from a cookie cutter mold. The ergonomics of the handle and blade are very nice. I have only used it to cut up and apple and some celery in the kitchen. I'll field test this weekend. The handle is not as thick as my TOPS handles, which I really like for chopping, but it's longer and provides a good grip. The blade finish is beautiful, the powder coating is clean. The jimping on the blade and handle is very well done and useful for various grips. The kydex sheath hold the blade tight, it will not fall from the sheath. More to come post field testing.......
Some time has passed and I have since used the Crusader for more than cutting up fruit and vegtables. By the way, I have also purchased the Grizzly. Followed your lead on that. I am in Southern Marlyand and the weather is warming up enough for freshwater pond fishing. I have used the Crusader for clearing brush and small trees (2 inches diameter) to create a fishing spot. I was actually impressed with how well and how quick I was able to chop down the small trees and cut away the brush. On to the fishing, I caught 2 pike one 24 inches and a second 27 inches. Caught other fish, but threw'em back. I used the Crusader to fillet the pike and even after chopping and cutting small trees and brush the knife was incredibly sharp and filleted the fish with unbelievable ease. I was even able to use it for removing the Y bones in the pike which is fine work. I am totally sold on SCAR Blades. I especially like the fact that the Crusader is light and very comfortable to carry on your belt all day long, but perform as well as the heavier knives, and seems to be better for the intricate cutting job.