Let's start with the little stuff. Thinner steel, still 8CR13MOV, and just less of it for the same money as the SCHF 10. Not a big deal. No jimping. Ok, no big deal, might not be necessary for this style knife.
But wait, there is that Kydex or knock-off Kydex sheath. Sweet. Only, it really isn't. There is a ton of play and rattle and it's just not right. It's close and it is 10 times better than the sheaths included with the SCHF 9 and 10. I wouldn't complain about it except that in this case it brings up another important point about sheaths on cheap knives. Did I lose something in the knife in order to pay for this sheath? The knife is missing hard enough for me to not like the sheath, even though I would really like this sheath if it came with the other knives. Now that's hard to explain and I must be pretty hard to please, but it just misses the mark again, this time on the other side of the line. It works
The grip isn't great. I'm glad that I don't know what plunging a knife into a person is like but I've skinned my share of deer with blood slicked hands and I know that grip is never bad. More importantly, why waste the opportunity of getting it when the G10 scales are already present? The cuts they do have are kinda neat looking but have no purpose and in no way accommodate the human hand. Plus, no jimping. Do I need it? Hell, I dunno. The lack thereof fits the clean minimalist style of the knife but with all the other dings against it, this feels like another one.
|Look closely at the edge. All other images are post repair.|
edges the way it's been done for hundreds of years and use a snap/strap for retention. Since the SCHF 12 is really geared for the tactical crowd, it's going to need a dead simple PALS attachment system, probably webbing and a snap. Double the webbing up, do it right, call it a day. Kydex or thermomold plastic really needs to be done correctly if you're going to do it. My guess is they mold the sheaths around a handful of knives or models of some kind and then the production knives themselves vary slightly from one to the next resulting in some rattle and slop.
|Difference in blade thickness.|