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Mainly a novelty, but will still carry along.
on March 1, 2016
You get what you pay for and a tiny bit extra.
Some technical info that obviously can't be shown in a picture:
#1. The blade is made of a pretty thick and hefty piece of metal. It has a very thick spine. This is not a glorified kitchen knife.
#2. The balancing point is roughly where the grind ends and the ricasso begins.
#3. The bevel on the top of the tip is not edged. Fairly thin close to the tip but overall you would have to remove a fair bit of steel to give it a full edge.
#4. The grind angle on the edge seems compatible with a sharpening block for american kitchen knives. (so probably about 45/45 but I'm not a knife expert so don't quote me on that)
#5. The handle is a single piece of wood (i.e. not 2 joined halves).
#6. Most knives I've picked up in this price range come with a pretty cheap sheath but this one is actually really nice. (It has a form fitting plastic insert inside the nylon so the knife doesn't wander around inside the sheath and cut it to pieces. The nylon itself seems thicker than most in the same price range and it has two button snaps to help keep the knife nice and still.
#7. Sharpness-on-arrival is 'standard amazon knife sharpness'. So if you are obsessed with knife sharpness it will need a bit of work. But otherwise "sharp enough" for any practical purpose.
Fit and finish wise, it's a budget knife. It definitely doesn't look like it belongs in the lock-up where they keep the hundred dollar knives at the sporting store. Which is fine considering I didn't pay anywhere near that for it.
The first thing you will notice when you get it is that it is huge. Comedicaly so. It looks like they just took the pattern for a bowie with a 5" blade and inflated it until the blade was 8" and kept everything else in proportion. So the handle feels fairly chunky and the guard is way thicker than it needs to be. I would feel comfortable parrying a sword with this knife in my hand. That's how thick the guard is. The knife in the sheath weighs exactly 1 lb. Which may or may not be trivial. (That's a fair bit of weight to give to a knife that doesn't double as any other tool if you are back-packing).
It's definitely not a stand-alone survival knife due to the lack of a saw but I would confidently carry it on my hip as an extreme last resort in the event that I had exhausted all other options in the event of a predator attack. You could probably also use it as a wedge for chiseling wood in a pinch but the overall balancing and handling of the knife does not feel like it would favor swinging it.
Overall if you're like me and you like test driving different knives around the camp site this is definitely a decent novelty piece. But unless I suddenly found myself underneath a bear before I was able to get out the bear spray I honestly could never picture myself actually using this knife for anything. And yet I'll probably still bring it along anyways because if I left it at home I'd be wishing for it if that bear showed up. Otherwise there's a smaller and more effective knife for every other job.