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 bought one of these last summer and think the blade is great. I'm not a fan of stainless steel for fixed blade knifes and I really like this 5160. Very sharp right out of the box, and nice sheath. Fit and finish of the scales to the tang isn't perfect, like on an Esee for instance, but this is just a good sturdy knife made of an awesome steel that will do it all for a lot less money than other similar survival knifes made in the US. This knife is a real tool for real use, not meant for a trophy case and it will excel in the wilderness.
Love this knife. I could have done without the red coating but I'll deal with it because the blade can rust and the coating helps protect it. The knife is strong, holds a good edge and is a good size for around the campsite and doesn't look intimidating to other campers. I don't baton with this knife as it is a little small for that and I'm not a fan of beating on my knives to split or cut wood, that's what a hatchet is for. I love the sheath, it is simple, holds the knife securely and the knife is inserted or removed with no catching or dragging. The knife also doesn't rattle around in the sheath.
This knife is now my go to fixed blade for backpacking. I have used it on a number of trips in the Cascades now and it's a beast. I have used it heavily for a variety of tasks in the backcountry and it has served me quite well and kept it's edge. This will be on my belt every time I venture into the wilderness for the rest of my life.
Best camp knife on the market hands down!
I have had this knife for 9 months. In that time it has removed small limbs, skinned and butchered squirrels, and processed down 1-1 1/2 inch pieces of hardwood into pencil size kindling. After each use, it only takes a couple minutes of stropping to bring the 5160 steel back to shaving sharp. i have no complaints with the knife itself. I did have to ask buck for a different sheath as the sheath that came with the knife did not have good retention and the knife was prone to falling out. Bucks service was fast and professional as always, sending me a new sheath for free. I hope Buck will consider more knives in the same vein as this one. Maybe a version with alternate handle shape or material or even a version in 01 or CPM 154?