Reviewed 08/13/2014 by Miika
-Price Paid: $130.00
-Used for Outdoor/Survival
-Owned for 3 months
Anaconda (the 7B model) has been on my list for quite some time but it took me a while to slowly get used to bigger knives (SRK --> Phoneniks 2 --> Force --> Buck Thug) and I finally made the decision to get this absolutely cool looking knife.
These days I'm so used to micarta handle that it feels right on weird to grab some plastic/nylon/whatever/leathery handle. Micarta stays put whether it's submerged, slippery with oils or dry. No rough spots on the handle, no blistering after two hours of furious hacking through bushes and cutting down to sizes some thicker wood. My only tiny complaint is the fore lanyard holes' squarish form as it tends to press against the DIP-joist of your thumb..a more rounded solution would have cured that.
The full-tang blade is the thickest I own and you can immediately notice that in the weight of the knife. In normal (and in quite abnormal) situations it is indestructible barring some unforseen error on the production line.
Thick blade means more hacking power...a lot more than with the almost identical looking/size Buck Thug. And unlike with Thug, you dont' get the same amount of 'shock feedback' when you are cutting down hard wood.
Only little (font size 6 =) ) question mark are the two notches on the spine. Some people complain about the notches (especially deeper ones) on the back of the blade because these notches supposedly weakens the blade (snaps off). Anaconda 7B has such a thick blade, I seriously doubt I will break it unless I'm trying to pry a freight train off its tracks.
The sheath is just what I want of a sheath. Double secured, has an extra pocket for small items like firestarter and a file/honing stone.
For the serious outdoors person, this is one of the best knives there is. Both thumbs up! =)