@StevenS757 But it used to be a better steel for the price.
Maybe I am being a steel snob. All the super cheap knives I have picked up lately(most less than $10, like the excellent Kershaw Thistle for $6!) have been Aus8 or 8CR17MoV. Have been moving higher end with many S35VN, a couple Elmax, etc…
I have the Fasthawk. I tried using it to cut down a small bush in my yard. Took about an hour to get through 3.5 inches of wood, and my hand was pretty sore. Bought an electric chainsaw and breezed through four more similarly sized bushes in about 15 seconds combined. Fasthawk would be ok for defending your campsite against an invasion of one unarmed person. For anything else, get a chainsaw, or a gun, or a chainsaw gun.
@Fen_Star Tomo-: Or tom- before a vowel. A combining form meaning a cut, section, or layer, as might be achieved by cutting or slicing. Used in the formation of compound words such tomography. From the Greek tomos (a cutting).