Commonly known as spring steel, 5160 has excellent shock absorbing properties making it resilient to shattering and extremely durable as a knife steel. We harden to 57-58 Rc to maximize its performance.
This blade is full bellied with a strong, thick point for heavier tasks. It can also be used as a general work knife. The top of the blade drops down toward the tip, which minimizes accidental puncturing while skinning. The drop point blade is strong and very versatile.
I like this knife a lot. It is heavy, solid, and functional. Works for skinning, utility, can't break it without some serious effort. Good field knife . . . and, if necessary, good last resort. I do not like the sheath attachment. The kydex design is good, but attaching the knife to a Bladetech clamp needs rethinking before this becomes a serious field knife. I don't wear body armor, or molle for most of what I want the knife for. The Bladetech pushes the knife out away from the body and limits the manner in which one can wear the knife. I would like to carry this knife as a backup to my S&W M&P .40 that I carry daily, but haven't figured out how, as of yet. Great tribute to Matthew Leathers. He designed a functional and useful knife. Now, if Buck will just come out with as flexible a sheath . . . I give the knife 5, as I think the knife is the subject, not the sheath.
This is a great knife. Very well built and fits my hand like a glove. I would have given 5 stars if only the Bladetech sheath attachment fit the sheath, which it does not.
Just purchased this knife for myself and couldn't be happier. Solid knife and most of all proceeds go to a great cause. I returned a knife earlier because it wasn't made here in the great USA. Buck please continue to make your great products here and those that are not, bring them back home. People want knives made here at "home"
I love the knife. The size, weight, the blade length, this knife is perfect and built like a tank. I mean when you put this knife in your hand and feel the construction it feels indestructible. I want to carry this knife backpacking but my only complaint, and it's a big one, is the carry system. I hate it, to the point that I will not carry this knife. It sits way to high on my side and no matter how you set it on your belt it is not comfortable. If you don't have a molle system otherwise to attach it to it's near worthless. So, I'm going to seek out a custom sheath. Minus the impractical sheath for every day carry, I'd give the knife a 5 as it is in every way by its self a perfect knife for an outdoorsman.