Pros: Blade Material, Weight, None
Cons: Overall Quality, Sheath/Scabbard, Finish, Handle Material, Blade Sharpness
great for do-it-yourselfers
This is hands down the beefiest khuk you can get for 22 bucks. Mine did NOT come with the karda & chakma utilities, even though the scabbard has two slots for them. My scabbard stinks to high heaven. Smells like mildew. Whatever the leather really is (goat skin?) it's very thin. One of my handle scales is already loose after some fairly light test chopping. The blade came out of the box dull, baby, super dull. Down toward the cho there was a good 1/16" flat where there was supposed to be at least a rough edge. So there, that's how much elegance you get for $22. But the blade is 12" long, 1/4" thick, full tang, and it's tough as nails. If you enjoy doing home mods, this is a fine platform to start with. That's exactly what I bought it for, and in that regard it rates a four. It would've got five if not for the flat spot. It took me a long time with a belt sander to fix that part of the edge. With polishing, new bolt-on handle scales, and a garage custom scabbard, this will be a sweet little camping tool. I cannot overemphasize just how beefy this thing is compared to khuk-shaped machetes.