Support BladeForums! Paid memberships don't see ads! I received a knife in the mail yesterday that I was very excited about. In a thread posted on this forum, a new member @Demkov had posted that he owned a small shop in Russia that was producing knives. He asked for members to post which knife they would review and what they would do for the review and he would pick one of us and give us that knife for free to review. I copied the post below in italics: Hello everyone, my name is Dmitry. I'm from a small town in Russia - Vorsma. We knifemakers, the name of our small company Nazarov Forge https://nazarklinok.ru I would like to offer our knife for free, in return receive an objective review. I ask to leave applications in this thread, who wants to get a knife. I will choose the most authoritative one. Our catalog and website - https://nazarklinok.ru I apologize for the poor knowledge of English. Well I decided to browse his website and put my name in with the knife of my choice. I chose this knife to review and submitted it to his thread: https://nazarklinok.ru/en/product/nozh-bars-elmax-karelskaya-bereza/ Product Specs: Steel - Elmax Hardness - 62HRC Thickness - 3.5mm (.14 inch) Blade Length - 130mm (5.12 inch) Blade Width - 27mm (1.1 inch) Handle Length - 130mm (5.12 inch) Weight - 150 grams (.33 lbs) I was pleased to see that he had chosen me and two other members to receive knives for review. He had made a YouTube video showing the knives and saying they were shipping. In less than a week from that video, I had this knife in my hand. The knife arrived packaged well (crap ton of bubble wrap and plastic hahaha). It comes in a box with nothing but the knife and sheath inside: Upon initial inspection I was truly impressed with the weight and balance of this knife. It is extremely light and balanced directly at the guard. I cannot read much of his website, but I'd imagine it is a knife designed for hunting, but due to the great balance I could see it used for many other things (maybe a fighter blade, etc). The knife comes in a semi-polished finish, full polished edge, and with stippled and scalloped wood scales, which are truly unique and give it so much character. Honestly, I stipple almost all my firearms and do most of my knife scales so that was one of my main reasons for picking this blade: The overall package is very light and no frills. I could see this being very handy in use and wondering about in the woods. I'd imagine due to the extreme light weight, I'd probably forget I even had it on. Here's a shot of it in its dangler sheath, which is very basic but very functional: Admittance, I did already sharpen the edge because it was not shaving sharp (my standard). The elmax steel sharpened easily and took a very keen edge. I will update tomorrow with comparison pics with other knifes and will update after the weekend with some woods use. Until then, enjoy the pics.