I purchased the knife because of the design, I had never had a seax style knife. I’m currently using it and I can say it’s a fantastic design and the price is right. U.S.A. Made, with good quality- I have to admit that it should have been made with a carbon steel blade, and maybe a different sheath, (leather) and maybe a belt loop that attached to a brass ring so the sheath dangled below the belt or something like a crossdraw that rode on the left side at an angle. Something less “military” and more “bushcraft” and woodsy. That’s a minor thing though because at this price ($53.95 at SMKW) you can’t complain. The handle looks awkwardly long but is supremely comfortable and the knife is very well balanced. The blade is about 3/32” thick and has a thin full flat grind that gives a screaming sharp edge out of the box. The edges of the blade aren’t very smooth and well finished, they’re as stamped and there’s a small amount of metal above the beautiful light brown laminated wood grips, but honestly-who cares? It’s smoothed off that it’s not uncomfortable, it doesn’t feel sharp at all. Actually it gives it a very “workingman” like look that I like. I understand they had to cut some corners on things like finishing and sheaths to get this knife made in the US at a price point that would sell. They hit the nail right on the head. I’m going to make a leather sheath for mine with some brass or copper trimmings like the old originals, but honestly, the sheath is perfectly acceptable, its sturdy, it holds the knife well enough, it has a nice pocket for a sharpening tool or ferro rod, etc. It’s MOLLE acceptable and would ride “Scout style” on the back of the belt for those who want to wear it like that. It has a thong hole so you can put a thong or lanyard through it if you want. The blade is perfect length for 99% of the things you’re going to use a knife for in the woods, in camp or kitchen. It would make a great hunting/camp knife or for a camper. It could even be used by someone in the military-though the blade is a bit thin, but with a bit of care it would probably work fine. In all its a really nice made in the USA knife at a great price. Yes, I would much prefer a carbon steel blade-but even at that a 420 stainless steel one is perfectly usable for most things. Case makes the majority of their knives with 420 stainless and they have worked fine for around 50 years. The one REALLY bad point? That Ontario Knives closed and this fantastic deal of a knife is limited to the stock at hand. I’m sure it’ll still be available for a while, though. Gets yours while you can!
This is such an unusual looking knife that I just had to order one. It has a large, sharp blade and a good, strong handle. If you are looking for something different, I highly recommend this knife.