I just got my Trail Buddy today in African Blackwood from Jason at DLTTrading.com. (Props to Jason on the shipping, ordered Friday and arrived Monday with his 5-7 day shipping!)
The knife is a little bit smaller than I expected, but that's actually a good thing. The smaller blade maximizes controllability, yet is long enough for anything you could ask of it. The last two and a half inches of blade are all belly, and come down far enough from the thick spine that the edge is very thin. This should make it an excellent slicer for skinning, meal prep, and any other animal processing task aside from splitting a sternum or pelvis. The belly is very reminiscent of the Mountain Man knife, which up until today was my sharpest Barkie hands down.
The inch and a half closer to your hand gives you a thicker, more straight (but still slightly curved) section that is beefier than the belly. Due to the handle design, you're already 'choked up' on this section and it should be great for fine cutting as well as 'power' cutting when whittling, etc.
The handle itself is very similar to the Highland Special. It is a little bit smaller than the NorthStar's handle, and does not have the palm swell. The more plain design is actually very comfortable due to the size of the handle, and I feel makes it a bit more versatile for other grips, such as choking up on the blade or holding it like a Nessmuk for scraping hides.
The blade is a bit too thin for me to feel comfortable batoning with it, and for me it is a knife that will be used side-by-side with my NorthStar and BRK&T 18'' Axe, Camp Axe, or Golok.
The sheath is an interesting design. I like the versatility of it, especially because I prefer to carry crossdraw. The reason for this is it allows me to carry a gun on my right side. I typically will only have a holster gun on me when I'm in the wilderness, but I'm all about consistency in my systems, that way when I'm under stress I automatically reach for the right tool in the right place.
The sheath my NorthStar is in is one that I designed and made and is only a crossdraw sheath. I made it to wear with the 1.25'' wide belt I'm wearing right now, and it stays at the 45 degree angle permanently. The Sharpshooter sheath provided goes to the same angle, but on a thinner belt it can cant back to vertical. This isn't really a big issue though, and I think hits a more important point in that it will work perfectly with a 2'' belt, where-as my dedicated crossdraw sheath will not. Add to that the ambidextrous capability and vertical carry option and you have a winning design in the new Sharpshooter sheath.
Two things I personally don't like about the sheath is that it holds the knife a little bit deep for my tastes, and if you push the knife too deep, it will cut into the bottom of the sheath. Try to set yours so that you have about 1'' between the top of the front side of the sheath and the bottom of the second brass pin on your knife.
Overall the knife is a winner for me as a game processing knife and emergency bushcraft knife. For a pure survival/bushcraft knife, there are better options, but it is light enough and versatile enough to carry (sheath) that it can easily be carried in conjunction with another knife.