Okay, normally I don't stump or grandstand for any products. However, nigh on two years back I won an Izula II from another website. Here's a copy of my initial review. First thoughts: The knife balances well for what it is, slightly grip heavy it stays in the hand when you open your grip. The grip looks awkward but tucks into the palm comfortably, even for a large hand. The micarta scales are built to last, an excellent choice for hard use. The blade is just long enough, one can get a fore-finger to the tip for gutting and skinning comfortably. There is a decent factory edge, although a bit steep an angle for my preference. All in all, a very nice knife so far. The negatives: The crinkle finish on the blade is thick snd heavy, we shall see how it lasts, and if it hinders cutting by being so rough. The grip scale screws are a bit confusing, the blade a matte black, the scales a pepper grey, but the screws are high polished and bright. Highly out of place. The sheath, is something I’d expect on a $10 knife, crude and clumsy, I will be making a replacement immediately. The accessories are better than the sheath, the ferro rod throws a good spark for its size, while not as easy to use as a standard bar style it would certainly get one through an emergency. Its a good backup tool size. Right off, I’d have no problems recommending the knife with the kit, I am favorably impressed. But would recommend replacing the sheath with one from a holster/sheath maker. (Update) Okay, its been a while and the knife has endured some serious abuse. After putting it through some fairly menial paces, making tinder, opening boxes, basically getting used to the size and shape, I ended up carrying it daily for 6 months. And I broke a few rules with it, normally I would go and get an appropriate tool when confronted with various jobs, in these instances I just used the knife like so many others would do. The coating, better than i initially thought. It slides through deer and elk skin and meat very well. It doesn’t however hold up well to being used to scrape caulk from between metal window frames. Imagine that. I did say abuse right? The edge, surprisingly good out of the box, a little work across some crock sticks and it became scary sharp. And better yet, stayed sharp through several deer and elk, only needing the fat removed from the edge to restore the cutting ability. Okay, I’ll say it, I like it. Any changes? Tough call. As it is, it makes a great neck knife, not overly bulky or heavy. As a backup knife tucked into the beltline, again it wears well in a different sheath. I would like to see a slightly different model, say with an extra inch of blade length and slightly thinner in cross section, for easier deboning of critters and fishing use. All around a good knife, better than expected by far. I have no issues giving this a strong recommendation for anyones jump bag, e-kit or for daily use. It does not replace a good belt knife, but augments the capabilities of such highly. Comments today, Aug 2016 Okay, a year later and more miles with the Izula II. Still bloody sharp, it's become a favorite I will admit. None of my earlier comments have changed, nor the blade shape recommendation for another model (hint, hint). As I get everything ready for hunting season, and the yearly dumping of the BOB and war bag to check and tweak the contents, the Izula II came into my hand again, after maybe a week and I'm still impressed by it. Pictures to follow once a cord of wood is moved.