well, i finally had some time with the CKE nessie.
first off, I have to say that I really like it. It has it's shortcomings, but I like it's character. I can definitely see it being a useful, light food prep knife or light duty camp knife.
1. the sheaths: the leather baldric was REALLY cool and very well done. the paracord was very well done and it rode perfect on me. the kydex was good too, although it was little too snug for my likings. you have to wrestle it pretty good to get it back in and back out. it's very secure, that's for sure. I really liked that the teklok was upside down. I know that sounds weird, but it made it so easy to use.
2. Handle: this is one facet that I'm torn about. I really like the thin profile of the handle, but I also find myself wishing it was more rounded and fuller. My favorite knives all have very fat handles. i'd pretty much sacrifice looks and weight anyday for a fat, comfy handle. It was also a little sharp on the corners. it doesn't affect me much, due to my small hand size. however, folks with larger hands might find it harder to use for long periods of time. I did love the liners and the red lanyard was a great addition.
3. Blade: you know, for what it's worth, I loved the blade shape. It's not as sexy as some other nessies, but it's definitely got utility on it's side. the point is perfect for drilling holes and for getting into places where you need to get in and cut something. It kind of reminds me of a warncliffe in some ways. the grind was also pretty good. from pictures, it really looks like a scandi, but it's not as much as it looks. it's got a subtle convex to it, and it makes for a pretty good little slicer.
I used it to cut a branch that's been down for a week or so, and it worked very well. it had no problem making curls or even slicing the branch clean in half.
My only complaint is that I think it almost needs some jimping on the spine to keep my thumb from slipping. I'd even say a little jimping on the hump also, so you could use it as a skinner if need be.
Lastly, a glamour shot:
Overall, I really like this little knife. it has character, in the good sense of the word. I'd feel very comfortable carrying this as a light duty camp knife or even a kitchen knife around the house. The only aspects I'd really change are the handle girth and some features on the spine for grip. The sheaths are just fine, although the kydex is a bit tight.
thanks for including me in this passaround. I thoroughly enjoyed this knife and am glad for the chance to handle it.