Pros: Blade Material, Materials, Handle Material, Weight, Overall Quality
Great general purpose belt knife
I keep things simple, so I carry one knife. I pick one that comes closest to doing it all. This Kabar Cutlass is an excellent choice for the money. For under $60 it does everything a higher end knife will do. It is well balanced, with a belly-forward feel that you need to clear brush. It is long enough to serve as a short machete, but short enough for a powerful, accurate and quick thrust if you need to defend yourself. This is a good, tough tool. I have baton'd thousands of kindlings with this Cutlass and the handle is still tight, the steel spine has not suffered indentations. Easier to sharpen than a 1095 steel. Holds edge well. It also digs very well, important when you want to dig a quick cathole. The clods stay centered on the flat of the blade, you flip them away easily. You can't go wrong with this cutlass. I invested in a kydex sheath that cost more than the knife but this knife is worth it.