I originally purchased this knife thinking that it would be great for backpacking- I like to carry a small knife inverted on my backpack strap. After it arrived, and I was able to examine it I was surprised to find that, though is a very compact package, it is thicker and generally heavier than I suspected. While, this is not really a bad thing, it wasn't as suitable for backpacking, where every ounce counts. After using it a bit , I find that it's find a good choice for discreet Self Defense Carry or, even as a compact tool for a canoe trip- it is sturdy and thick enough to be able to do some bush craft work with.
The knife came sharp, but not wicked sharp. I believe this to be more of a function of the blade geometry rather than any lapse on the part of the manufacturer. You can only get a blade this thick so sharp. Having said that, you can hone the edge that it comes with a bit so that it is, essentially, sharp enough for any regular task that you would have for a knife- which brings me to the blade steel. What exactly is X109? From the way it sharpens and the general hardness of the blade, I suspect it is a steel that is equivalent to 440c and, since it is a German steel, I suspect that it is tempered on the softer side of the scale, which makes it tougher and less likely to break, but Will require more frequent sharpening . So, suitable for bush craft work .
The sheath that it comes with bears a quick mention. Not only is it attractive but, it is very usable and well suited for inverted or small of the back carry. If I were still a young man in the military, the little extra weight would not bother me and I would use the sheath to carry the knife inverted on my carry gear.
Overall, a very useful knife, well crafted in Russia – five stars.