Pohl Force Alpha 2 Review - Part 2
The H3 Alpha 2 was shipped with two sheaths: a well-made nylon belt sheath holster for carrying the Alpha 2 folded (US $33.99), and a Kydex "Quick Draw" holster for carrying the folder locked open like a fixed blade (US $51.99). I haven't seen a sheath like that before and I like it, though the clip is more oriented toward an upside-down position on a shoulder strap or MOLLE vest. The knife clicks into the Kydex, but I'm not sure the fit is tight enough to make me feel comfortable that it couldn't fall out.
In a day of carry, I found the H3 Alpha 2 to be a bit tedious to tote in my suburban life -- it is really large and heavy. I did some light chopping for firewood kindling and got the results I expected: it's a good chopper and a not-so-good slicer. It feels great in the hand in every grip, except for an overhand icepick grip where I tend to put my thumb on the glass breaker. I have XXL hands and can easily get all my fingers on the handle with room to spare. I will put the knife to work for the next week and report back with final conclusions.
Thanks to Mr. Pohl for letting me borrow his knife and to MorrowJ and BladeForums for putting the pass around together. The H3 Alpha 2 is a big, heavy duty folder that seems like it can take abuse. Who is it for? Service personnel. For the rest of us, it may be overkill. I just couldn't carry this knife in many places. Also, while the H3 Alpha 2 is very well designed and implemented, paying US $200 for 440c steel and Zytel handles would give me pause.
To be continued...