Pros: Overall Quality, Handle Material, Blade Material
Cons: Weight, Blade Material, None
Hardcore. Serious business.
This review is for the SCHF51M. The handles are Micarta, but they are not black like the title description says. The handles are a sort of grey and white, rattle snake skin-looking pattern. The rubberized handles are the black ones. But the rubber ones chip and wear out. So I got the more durable and more attractive looking micarta handles. I use this knife to hammer through 20 pounds of rock hard, frozen meat. I also carry it for self defense. It can split wood all day. I am 6'-5", 330 pounds. I have leaned, pressed, chopped, sliced, stomped, thrown, dropped, stepped, pried a lot, and of course, washed and sharpened. It has never let me down. The black coating has really hung in there. I'm surprised. But it really is durable. It is sort of wearing off. But in comparison to the other knives that have a black coating on the blade, this one measures up just as well if not better. Usually at this price point, coatings are garbage. This one will still wear off, but it takes quite a while. As far as the build of the knife, its a real beast. heavy as any full sized machete. It chops very well. I'm quite happy with the weight of the knife doing a mojority of the work. One or two hot spots on the handle. A squared-off edge on the bottom of each scale. Wear gloves for long work, or just sand them round. Really good for heavy work. Just keep in mind the blade is less than six inches. Finger choil is ok. Would rather have the shape of the ESEE 5. I tell people this is a cross between a knife, an axe and a crow bar. Just keep in mind, its like carrying a bowling ball on your belt. I wear a two inch+ width Cabela's Roughneck, buffalo hide belt and this knife will pull your work pants down unless you keep it tight. I had a second, custom Kydex sheath made for this knife. Cost me $40 at ClevelandKydex. Lots of options. Came with hardcore strong belt loops. I didn't even have to send in the knife. The floppy dropleg sheath it comes with does function properly. It works. Kind of annoying though. Looks cheesy. People presumed I was homeless. I couldn't afford the ESEE 5, so I got this combo instead. I wear a hard Kydex sheath up high on my back belt and it looks much nicer that way, and out of the way until I need it. Also, get yourself a pocket or key chain sharpener like a Gatco MCS for ten bucks and you are good to go. The 1095 does sharpen fairly easy compared to the more exotic metals on the market. The carbide sharpeners are very hard and will sharpen this knife in a few strokes. Just make sure your blade is very clean before you sharpen with any sharpener. The Carbon Steel is great. Its made in China, but it is very similar in character and attributes to the American ESEE steel. Not as good as my ESEE 3 steel, but very close. The steel is clean and acts like a 1095 should. The back spine of the knife is a true 90 degrees, so it is perfect for use with the included firesteel, or any other firesteel. The Kydex sheath can be ordered with a fire steel holder on it also. It's worth the purchase. You will need to use a rust protectant on it, like Tuf-glide or even WD-40. Do yourself a favor and don't chop your fingers off. Makes it hard to tell people what you think of them ;D Again, this knife is HEAVY! It will give Michael Myers a run for his money. Happy cutting.