Pros: Finish, Overall Quality, Materials, Weight, Blade Material, None
Cons: Blade Sharpness, Handle Material, Sheath/Scabbard
Not bad, but not what I was expecting
My purpose for purchasing this knife was to have a good quality boning/skinning knife for processing deer, goats, kangaroo etc. I usually use a european swept pattern boning knife with enough belly to skin and narrowness and pointyness of blade to bone out effectively - I favour the Mora line as it has better steel and excellent handles.The knife, when it arrived, showed excellent fit and finish - no worries there. Materials are very good. The first problem, and one that may stop me from using it, is that the handle is too small. Certainly, Ken Onion's ergonomics are efficient and practical. But this handle barely fits in my (larger man-size) hands. I find it awkward and inconvenient to use for any length of time. Having said that, if you have small hands, it fits very well indeed.The second issue, one more of preference, is that the G10 handle is polished smooth. With everything covered in blood, fat and other slippery substances, this handle does not compare to a tacky rubber or textured hard plastic/phenolic handle. I filed some grooves for grip under the thumb position and on one side where the finger tips go, and it performs adequately.Third, the sheath is a poor match for the knife. I resorted to inserting another rivet in the end, as the very fine point of the blade would easily make its way through the very tip between the layers. Additionally, I ground the tip down so it didn't catch as easily when inserting the knife. I don't like super fine points, anyway.Fourth, it was not sharp when it arrived. Being so hard a steel, it takes a long time to get a good edge, and it seems to hold it too.In conclusion, this is a well made knife, and would serve very well for those with small hands. The sheath needs modification, and sharpening takes longer than most other knives I've used.