Reviewed 09/03/2011 by Kivalo
-Price Paid: $39.00
-Used for Light Duty/General
-Owned for 3 months
First off, I feel bad rating a Columbia River tool so poorly, as I have had positive experiences with their other knives.
The Bear Claw design seems very useful upon first inspection, but the circular finger hole is only comfortable if you hold the knife in an inverted, upside down fashion. Holding it conventionally causes slight pressure and pain on the side of the index finger.
The included sheath is a tad oversized in my opinion, and has a very tight hold on the knife - making every type of draw difficult to do without pushing against the sheath with your thumb.
Lastly, the quality of this knife is suspect. The blade is very thin and brittle, so much so that with simple (proper) use, the tip of mine broke clean off about .5 inches down the blade after only a month. The handle scales can be slightly asymmetrical, creating a small (but annoying) scratch on the palm of the user's hand, as the scales aren't flush to the tang.
The knife was still very sharp when I first received it, but without its tip it has become basically useless.
My opinion - Skip on this and search for a cheaper knock off of this design if you think it could work for you.