Steel Will Argonaut 800 – Initial Impressions
Since the company was launched Steel Will has created a very impressive lineup. The Argonaut 800 is part of their medium-price-range outdoor series, which is my favorite. All the knives in the Argonaut series are made in Taiwan, something that was important for me. These knives are made with good materials and they are not too expensive, so you don’t have to be afraid to use them. When you take the knife out of its very nice packaging you can immediately tell that the Argonaut 800 was made for heavy duty use.
The card with the Inspection Date speaks for the companies good quality control.
According to Greek mythology the Argonauts were a group of heroes that traveled with Jason on his quest for the golden fleece.
I can easily imagine taking this knife on an adventure, for example a long backpacking trip.
The thick spine in combination with a nice saber grind and a full tang inspires confidence (according to the manufacturer the tang has no sharp corners under the handle that could create weak points). Unfortunately I haven’t had time to take the knife out and test it under heavy use. However, due to the built quality and robust design I have zero doubts that it will hold up just fine. So far I have used it a little bit in the kitchen to cut vegetables. Of course this knife was not designed to be a kitchen slicer but the geometry isn’t horrible and slicing onions was no problem at all.
The Argonaut 800 has a very nice handle that feels super comfortable. It reminded me a bit of the handle on the Gerber Harsey Hunter. The handle is even longer than that on a standard Ka-Bar USMC so even guys with very large hands will be able to get a full grip.
As a lefty I enjoy very much the versatility of the well fitted sheath. By removing the two screws you can turn this sheath into a lefty sheath.
I added some loctite so the screws won’t come loose in the future.
The sheath holds the knife in by friction and also has a double snap as a second security. The belt loop can be opened, so you can remove the knife without taking your belt of.
Overall I am very impressed with this knife. If you are looking for a heavy duty user in the size range of a Ka-Bar I think you can’t go wrong with the Argonaut 800. As soon as I have the time I will go to the forest and test this knife in its natural habitat.
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