Reviewed 06/04/2013 by BackwoodsBoB
-Price Paid: $48.00
-Used for Outdoor/Survival
-Owned for Greater than 1 year
I bought this knife about two years ago with the intent to use it as a general survival knife. I spend a significant amount of time in the woods hunting, breaking trail and building shelters out of whatever I can find. This is a big knife, like the description says, and if you don't have the sheath tied down to your leg it will get in the way. Some people don't like the sheath it comes with but I think that for the money it's just fine. I wrapped mine in paracord more for looks than anything else.
This knife batons very well, hacks through limbs and underbrush like there's no tomorrow. Along the central part of the blade the black finish has worn off like you would expect with heavy use. The finish never seemed to hinder any batoning for me like it has for others, although for heavy batoning I usually use a little WD-40 on the blade.
The blade holds a great edge and is very easy to sharpen. Keep it oiled, especially when the finish starts to wear off because this steel will rust if you don't take care of it. The blade is nice and thick, but not too thick. When working with the knife you don't really notice the weight, it just feels 'right'.
I love the grip and the feel of this knife in my hand. The grip is secure even in the rain and cleans up nicely. I have put a thin strip of skateboard tape along the spine so my thumb has something to grip onto when needed.
Don't let the 'Made in Taiwan' keep you from buying this knife. I understand wanting to buy an American made knife, I own several, but I haven't found anything even close to this knife for around $50. I have beaten the hell out of mine and I'm pretty sure it's indestructible. This is a quality knife from KaBar.