Pros: Blade Sharpness, Sheath/Scabbard, Handle Material, Blade Material, Materials, Weight, Overall Quality, Finish
Great Bushcraft knife I've found.
Let me start this by saying I have a limited First Production Run knife with Ethan Becker's (designer, creator and avid outdoorsman) signature and "First Production Run" Laser etched into the side with a roll stamp on the flats of the Saber grind. The knife you are looking at purchasing is a regular production model, which means no signature, no FPR text, no saber grind. But! You do get a Full Flat Grind from spine to edge, and the model number and BK&T/Ka-Bar stamp laser etched into their normal places. As far as the steel goes, you can't beat the 1095 CroVan (added chromium for rust resistance and added vanadium for higher strength) with Tooj's (he's worked in every factory that made BK&T knives, from the first BlackJack Machax to the brand new Ka-Bar BK 16) heat treat, it makes for a truly unbreakable knife, and if your registered on bladeforums.com, stop by the BK&T sub-forum for any warranty questions you have and you'll probably get input from the Ethan, Tooj, and the mods. Now, the handle ergonomics are great, and the zytel is very grippy! What's that you say? You have XXL hands? Well never fear! After Market Handles are here! There aren't any Ka-Bar micarta scales out yet, but you can make them yourself, buy them, get wood scales, or one of many other options. And if you really like the zytel but your hand is to big, you can either make your own liners from a DVD case, or order professionally made liners. The sheath is top shelf, it has no rattle unless you shake it to make it rattle. It has two straps, a lower first strap and an upper redundant strap. Speaking of straps, the sheath is MOLLE compatible, with a strap on the back to go through MOLLE or PALS webbing and snaps into place. And a front pouch big enough for a Leatherman Wave or similar multitool, or a ferrocerium rod, or a couple Altoids Smalls. There are also several options for a leg strap if your gonna jump out of a plane. Or, if you don't like the stock sheath, you have several options for a Kydex or Leather sheath, both in styles and in makers. Now, mine has the old epoxy powder coat on it, I don't know what the new one is like, but it's supposed to be quite a bit more durable and it appears to have more texture to it. All in all, this is my favorite knife, and trust me, it's worth the price, even the MSRP which is more than $100, if you somehow break it, I'm sure Ka-bar will say two things, the first: "How did you manage to break it?!" and the second: "Your replacement will ship in a couple business days."