Pros: Blade Material, Materials, Handle Material, Weight, Finish, Overall Quality, Blade Sharpness
The steel in question
The steel used in this knife is not 1095, it is 1095 CroVan. It has extra ingredients than plain 1095. It escapes me how that detail is so often missed. 1095 CroVan is the same steel that Cold Steel and Camillus used in the late eighties, which they called "Carbon V", and my Carbon V knives are STILL GOING, after 27 years. If it is tempered properly, at which KaBar is adept, then it is quite tough, with admirable wear resistance. I own several of the small folding knives offered in this steel (there are good reviews on these). They are absolutely incredible for both toughness, and for edge-holding. It batons without apology, and is as tough as a leaf spring. Of course, if you wanted to, virtually all steels can be chipped, and left to rust and ruin. It isn't indestructable, but you would be very hard pressed to do permanent damage KaBar's 1095 CroVan, short of putting it in a dishwasher, or hacking it blade against blade, in which case, you don't need a knife. Thanks, Knife Center, for always having the absolute top of the line available to the discerning cutler.