Pros: Sheath/Scabbard, Finish, Overall Quality, Handle Material, Blade Material
An excellent choice for field dressing large game
I bought this knife 3 years ago, and have now dressed out 3 elk and can reasonably report on its performance at this task. By dressed out I mean skinned and boned in the field, a task that takes me about 3 hours without breaks and involves a lot of bone scraping etc, Blade shape-generally a good design with enough width and curve for skinning. A bit pointy--I put a very slight bevel on the tip so that it would not snag and now consider it to be excellent, Handle. Rubber material does not get slippery and completely encloses the steel, a feature that is valuable when temperatures are below 10 degrees F. It has sharp checkering that improves grip and the design coupled with the handle material really precludes the possibility of having your hand slip onto the blade, regardless of how gory the knife gets. The tang extends entirely through the handle so I can't see any way that this blade/handle combination would fail. Need to use a brush to get the gore out of the checkering, All in all a near perfect handle. Blade steel. I like VG10--I have a several Shun kitchen knives and was specifically looking for a VG10 hunting knife. VG10 readily takes an edge and holds it pretty well. I have used a 440C knife (Rigid brand) for many years to do this same task and I can state that VG10 holds an edge better: not quite twice as long, but close, I also have 2 S30V knives and consider VG10 to be slightly better. Specifically I like the edge it takes, The blade is really thick--probably much thicker than it needs to be. Sheath. The same design that Buck uses for Specials etc. A good, safe, secure design, if a bit bulky. I would rate the sheath as excellent. All in all, a nearly perfect knife for field butchering an elk.