Support BladeForums! Paid memberships don't see ads! Well I seem to have a penchant for blades that are not incredibly popular. Since I did not see many reviews on this particular blade using Google, I figured I'd share my initial impressions of this blade and then give a use review as I hit the woods and use the knife. As I've said in prior threads I have been streamlining my collection to only users and knives that I consider high quality production blades. I had an empty space in my last knife use category, which was "one knife option". I'm actually not much of an one option knife guy and am more of a bring a folding saw and a smaller blade to be more practical, but hey I also enjoy the hobby and like to challenge myself on weekend get away adventures. I wanted the blade to be carbon, just because I assumed I would be chopping with it and probably doing the dreaded battoning of wood here and there, and for some reason I still am more comfortable with carbon blades for those uses. I wanted it thick and robust, and a convex edge would be a plus (if it didn't come with one, I would have done it myself). It could not be too large to be practical for me to actually carry and walk around with. I also wanted a blade size of 6"-9" since I feel that would make it pretty good at most everything, while not being super great at 'x' but horrible at 'y'. Ok, so now I had my search parameters, but it also had to look cool. I always wanted a real deal bowie style knife. After my image searches and whatnot, I came to the Teddy II as my next purchase. Here are the specs: Overall Length: 13.375" Blade Length: 8" Cutting Edge Length: 7.5" Blade Height: 1.625" Blade Steel: A-2 @ 58-60RC Blade Thickness: .250" Weight: 17oz. I am lucky in that I found one with the new Moran style handle in linen micarta. I prefer micarta over wood for this particular knife because I think it will make it stronger and more able to stand up to hard chopping, etc. It was a bonus that it was listed as green micarta, but actually is a nice brownish color. Kind of looks like wood. I got a good price with a military discount and 3-days later...BAM! I got me a Teddy II. Comes with handsome and well made leather sheath. The fit is freaking tight!!!!!! This was the knife right out of the box. The knife is very good looking. I like the flow and lines of the handle and the blade. It feels extremely nice in hand (I have XL glove sized hands for reference) and has a good use balance. It was not quite shaving sharp out of the box, but with a strop and 5 minutes, I had it hair popping sharp. Really love Bark River's A2 steel. I will have this knife out in the woods this weekend hopefully and give it a nice days workout with chopping, splitting, etc. See how it does with heavy and light tasks. By feel, it seems like it will handle it with ease. Anyhow, just thought I would share a blade that I have not seen shared often.