-Price Paid: $110.00
-Used for Outdoor/Survival
-Owned for 6 months
I have beat the snot out if this knife. It has gutted and skinned deer, batoned firewood, whittled and carved walking sticks, notches, tent stakes, etc. It is a hard use knife.
The scales are comfortable. If you have huge hands they will seem a little thin. The grind is called a "scandi-vex" but it's really a saber grind with a convex secondary bevel. I prefer a true scandi, but the edge is tough and easy to maintain.
The coating. Ugh. It's so thick you can cut it out in small chunks. I did just this, with a razor blade on the spine to be able to use a ferro rod. Which brings us to the shango notch. Mine is useless. The idea is sound, but the execution is flawed. The problem is that the grind of the notch on a lot of knives is not sharp enough to throw sparks. While some can use theirs, others can't.
The sheath is usable. I dislike the steel clip. It's awkward and sharp around the edges. The sheath holds the knife securely. The ferro rod included works, but will wear quickly. Don't let it be your only one, or only means of fire.
The build quality of the knife is fantastic, and I have no doubt this knife will continue to be of good service for years.