Smith & Wesson Boot Knife Selection
I gave this knife a 5 star rating because of the quality in ptice range. The product was good and the sheath for the price great.
It's lightweight and very well finished. The feeling of security that it conveys to its carrier is invaluable.
The knife isn't 440C steel, but 7Cr17MoV stainless steel. Taylor Brands LLC tempers (heat treats) this steel to a Rockwell hardness of 55-56. While this is adequate for the knife's design it could use more thorough (read: better) heat treatment. The reason that I subtracted two stars was for the sheath clip. when the knife is resheathed, the clip will come off with consummate regularity. I tried using cyanoacrylate glue (super glue) and it did not hold. After scraping that away while using "Goof-Off" Super Glue Remover (comprised of 20% Acetone) to remove the glue from the knife's blade. I will eventually try to use "Gorilla Glue" and I'll see how well that works to hold the belt/boot clip in place. The misrepresentation along with the belt/boot clip problems are the reason(s) for the "two star loss".
This knife is amazing. When I first held it I was immediately struck by how good it felt in my hand. I am not surprised though because every knife I've purchased from the Knife Depot far exceeded my expectations. This knife is perfect for boot carry or in any other way now that I think about it. My only "negative" comment would be that the sheath which comes with this knife is a bit to be desired. But, it's just my preference. You may love it. I would prefer a leather sheath. But, this doesn't at all affect the five stars I gave this knife. This is a very high quality knife. Period.
For the price paid, this is an excellent knife. Since this knife is a "dagger-type" blade (spear-point), The blade has a narrow scope of application. The 7Cr17MoV steel takes a good edge (as does Schrade's "Sharpfinger" skinning knife). This knife can be used for some hunting applications, but without the curved blade similar to that of the Sharpfinger and other knives made by Schrade, it limits the knife's uses. I like this knife and will be seeking a sheath that will conceal the knife either down my back (behind the neck) or a horizontal belt carry. Discretion, being the better part of valor, is the very essence of keeping this knife a "secret" until it is absolutely necessary to deploy it.
This knife was a gift for my son. He loves it! Sharp and sharp looking. The engraving of his initials was a nice touch. Happy with my purchase.
I bought this knife as a hunting backup, to keep in my boot. It fits the need. The knife is sharp, strong, well-balanced. I couldn't find a single flaw. It's the perfect length for my boot. It's easy to hold, even if my hands are wet. The sheath comes with a strap that snaps around the knife and a clip that I can clip onto my boot. I found that clipping the knife to the outside of my boot caused the knife to catch on brush and the knife would pop off the boot so I ended up clipping the knife on the inside of the boot. That worked out a lot better, but the snap strap was hard to unsnap that way so I leave the strap unsnapped. The knife still stays securely seated in my boot. This is a good, no frills, non-silly, working knife that I would recommend to anybody.
This knife is very sharp and functional in design. We actually used the knife in a dangerous situation with one of our horses and it cut the rope one stoke. On the downside you need to be very careful as when my wife was removing it in the stressful situation she accidentally cut herself on the thumb (minor only needed a band aid). As to size it fits in her boot very nicely on mine the sheath is a little thick with the extra pocket so I have been looking for another sheath or thinking about cutting off the extra material to make it thinner. Overall horse people are all over the board on whats best to carry while riding but this one did the job when the time came to use it in an emergency situation.
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