Very disappointed; looks like a child made it.
Apr 12, 2018
I am surprised to read so many glowing reviews. I'd say, yes, the knife is heavy duty - meaning the steel is thick. Thickness is important when batoning a knife for use as a froe (to split things). However, froes generally have blades 12" to 16" long. This 4.5" blade with a soft back is going to be good at splitting only small things. If the intent is not to use it as a froe, but rather as a general purpose small knife, it has neither a versatile shape or size, and the workmanship is almost nonexistent The handle is two slabs of leather riveted on, they are not rounded or fit in any way. There is absolutely no craftsmanship displayed in the product. I'd say it looks like Jed Clampett made it - AND, he was in a hurry when he did. Rarely have I been so surprised at a tool's lack of finish. I don't mean to say that this blade won't cut anything, but, it is extremely crudely made. Sincerely, it would be priced fairly at $5. I noticed it was imported from England; I suppose this is partially why it is over priced.
Lehman's says: Sorry you were disappointed! We appreciate your comments and after we got your review, we updated our copy to give a clearer explanation. It's a specialized tool, and it might be that you didn't understand that. It's extremely sharp, so it will cut through tough material like leather. And, very thick and strong. (I've never seen another knife I would feel safe using to open a paint can.) It's safe to hammer back edge means it's the only knife we've found that you can safely pound through tough material like wire and small branches. Is it roughly made? Maybe it has to be for such tough work! --Galen Lehman, CEO
Oct 11, 2012
I've used Sheffield knives of various types for the past 40 years and have found them to be of very good quality steel and easy to sharpen and this knife is no different. I have never seen a knife, however, with a riveted leather handle instead of wood, a cost-saving measure I'm sure. I would have given the knife a rating of 5 but when I grip the handle, the lower edge of the blade is way too close for comfort - it would be too easy to cut my index finger. Since I modify tools all the time as a matter of course to customize them for the work I do, I just used a bench grinder and slowly removed about 3/8 of an inch of length from the blade. Now the lower edge of the blade looks the same as it did just further forward. The sheath is sturdily made of quality leather so no complaints there. I bought this knife mainly to have a thick beater utility knife for odd carpentry projects but now I'm leaning toward using this as a camp knife for splitting kindling with a baton.
Sep 26, 2011
What a knife! Who needs those expensive hand forged knives when you can get a factory made one from Lehman's for a better price that is tougher than most knives will ever be. 5/16 is big for a knife. I love it, use it for everything from roughing some wood to fine detail carving. Fantastic, gotta love the quality and steadfast durability of this knife, thick leather scales, nice pins, a suitable working knife bevel, everything about this sings its glory. This thing is not, however, a work of art, so you don't feel bad when you hammer on it, so you don't cringe when you baton with it. Great product, and a good company, I will be back for more.
Sep 25, 2011
Wow. Just wow. This knife is incredible. It may not be gorgeous looking, but it is a workhorse, and for the price, it is the best deal I ever seized the day with. If you need a good shop knife, this is it. You don't need some expensive custom made, hammer forged, glorified pry bar of a knife, to get dirty with, you need THIS. This is an incredible deal. Seize it, before it gets away.
Nov 27, 2010
My wife purchased this knife for me,,, she knew I needed a good one,,,, I am a 65 year old country boy who has carried a knife sense could remember. I would say this is the best knife I have owned,, I use it for everything from personal protection an survival while hunting an fishing to wood working an preparing food for cooking,,,,, it will be handed down threw many generations to come,,,, being used an remembered as our Grandfather Robert’s knife.
Oct 10, 2010
This is the Abrams Tank of knives with a razors edge..
Mar 27, 2010
This is by far the toughest knife I have ever bought. It works great for everything, making kindling to cutting wire. It's not really a pretty knife, it's a great, functional work knife.
Nov 19, 2009
This thing is ubelievably heavy duty.Should make an excellent work utility knife.