Concerning the brittleness, no worries, it's not a cookie ready to crumble, heh?
And this "matrix" structure makes i tough.
The Ancient Persans were not mistaken when they made swords out of this steel
, that were, by some acounts, far superior to European productions (and Japanese swords too, let's kill the myth once and for all).
The point is just that at this super high C contents, we are not that far from cast iron. And even though the cristaline structure of these UHC blade makes them "allmighty" cutting tools compared to standard steel, they will not apreciate being droped on hard sufaces (well no knife would
The best if you wanna try UHC at lower cost is to buy a bare blade of small dimension and mount it yourself (in a very simple and cheap way). There you will know how you llike the stuff...
As for the sheath, I will not say "they suck", as they are very serviceable and the leather is of good quality. But this leather is left completely unfinnished, hence the "cardboard" feel it gives, so you have to condition it by yourself it to have a "leather feeling" (a dab of mink oil, lanolin, neatsfoot oil, or even Nivea cream to nurish it and then a good bee-wax cover and there you go).
But have to agree that this "belt slot" attachment was not the best idea (the wich can be easilyy modified to a dangler-type by threading a little leather strap through the slots).
And if you find the "hugging" of the sheath not very efficient, it's ecause those Roselli knives have very comfortable, but awkward to sheath handles. I found that glueing a tiny patch of thin leather between the belt tongue and the "back sewn" part makes the fit tighter and it holds the knife very securely (takes 2mn to fix, and isinvisible).
Edited by pierauspitz on 11-13-08 21:36.52. Reason for edit: No reason given.