I got this for ~ $60 shipped.
It's a GREAT field knife.
It's 22 ounces of D2 steel, rubber handle, kydex sheath, 10 inch blade.
I had loved my HI Khukuris for outdoor bushwacking and such. They are heavier than this...Gotta weigh em. My BAS was my fav till this Outcast came along.
I whisked thru light brush and weeds like it had a motor on it. THin blade and long cutting edge helped in this.
I was concerned about the rubber handle blistering my hand. Surprisingly, not even a hot spot.
I lopped a 1.5 inch limb that was way overhead. Must have been over eight feet cause I didn't get a good swipe with the blade. Had to reach way high and didn't come down as I would have liked.
took two swipes till it was cut thru.
Course this was at the other end of the limb and I was watching out for them...Got stung anyway [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/smile.gif[/img]
Repositioned the bees hive into the woods. They circled and circled till they found the hive again. Industious little beggers....
Well I used it a mite and the edge was still sharp
So I took to choppin through a large trunk.
After 50 or so hatchet like cuts I stopped. It's damn hot and humid out nowadays!!!!!
But I was satisfied that I could cut through most anything...if I really need to. A saw is what I would use on this anyway.....Chipped out a good deal of wood when I was done with choppin.
So How will it baton...It's thin so will it break? I didn't have any end grain to baton thru so I drove it into some trunk.
The limb you see to your right was the baton stick.
Very IMPRESSIVE WITH BATONING THIS!!!!
When I was done beating it like a madman and sweat was pourin off me I figured I'd sit a spell and draw pull the knife and see what it's do. I figured the edge would have rolled
Course I'm using several different areas of the blade. Belly for chopping and batoning. The belly drew thru very nicely but it's a bugger to pull cut and keep on a plane to get thin stuff with a belly. It keeps wantin to veer off to the side.
This piece is thinner than it appears ...
This is the edge when I was done with all this. I didn't steel or strop or sharpen thru the whole ordeal..
All in all a fantastic knife at a GREAT price.
Of course it is for general heavy cutting