Pros: Blade Material, Finish, Handle Material, Weight, Overall Quality, Blade Sharpness
Remarkable at this price point
I bought one of these awhile back out of curiosity. For a wide variety of products about 70%-80% of the manufacturing cost is fixed in the product's design. So if a company wants to reduce the manufacturing cost by, say 50%, it usually means a new design, with new materials and manufacturing processes. I wanted to see what Buck could do for < $25. It quickly became my new favorite belt knife (and I already had more than I need.) The blade has a classic, drop-point hunter shape with some rounded jimping on the back which provides a no-slip surface for your thumb or index finger. It's made of Buck's standard 420HC, with (I assume) their usual heat-treatment. It holds a edge pretty well but isn't particularly hard to resharpen -- unlike 154 CM or D2. The molded, rubber handle has a comfortable shape and texture. In my view, at least, you could spent 3 or 4 times as much and end up with a knife that is nicer to own, but not really any better in terms of what you actually _use_ an all-purpose belt knife for. Buy two of these and have a backup.