Mail call for me, and my package from REC containing my Bow River arrived.
As far as Spyderco fixed blades, I don't own many, and I carry the Serrata 99% of the time, as it does everything I need. (Though dad picked up a Waterway for kayaking on a whim, now I'm jealous and probably will follow suit
Size comparison to Serrata:
The fit and finish on my example is great, grinds are even and well done, and the G10 looks very well done and is finished/polished exceptionally well.
The sheath is simple and handsome and does it's job, which is good for me.
In my experience, the heat treat on
's 8Cr13Mov is typically better than some I've used in other brands, so no worries there.
I think the knife is a homerun for Spyderco, especially as a budget/value product. $32 makes this a no brainier as far as I'm concerned. My non-knife-knut friends, who inevitably get a present in the form of a
from me usually get a folder like the Tenacious or a Byrd Raven. Many of them are the outdoors type, at least on a causal level, and carry a fixed blade camping or hiking, and keep the folder home for EDC. The Bow River is gonna supplant the above mentioned as a gift option for at least half of them. Heck, soon as some more stock starts trickling in, I know my dad, father in law, brother in law, and a couple uncle's will each be getting one for the holiday season.
In the meantime, I plan to strap her on the belt for the hike I'll be taking this weekend, do some whittling and such, and can't wait to see how she performs. Initial thought though: great job Phil and Spyderco with this little guy.