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The Kraton G handle provides excellent comfort and balance.

Keep in mind that D2 steel can’t really be sharpened with a whetstone.

You have basically three options: stainless steel, carbon steel, or a hybrid. It also allows you to sharpen it easily and it can withstand a lot of abuse without cracking.

Carbon steel holds an edge for a very long time but can chip under heavy use. There are also high carbon stainless steels that give you the best of both worlds. You can cut yourself reaching for your knife or, even worse, lose your knife during a march.

The synthetic sheaths are cool but the quality varies a lot.