This is my second Hector subhilt. After gifting the first one to a family member, I quickly realized that I really wanted one for myself.....so I gifted myself! The Hector has a great feel when held and is perfectly balanced!
As per the blade itself, everything is on point. Fit & finish, grind lines, for the most part, fair out of box edge, (but they almost always need touching up, don't they.)
My grief is with the provided sheath. It failed within the first week, and I knew it would, immediately upon unboxing. I studied this knife for months, prior to my eventual purchase. A part of my decision to take the plunge, was based upon the descriptive, stock photos of the items, that were provided. I gave in to my want of this blade, partially because of the image of the sheath, with it's black leather, and heavy white stitching, as I do leather work, as a hobby. The photo resembled my hand stitch work.
I will just have to press my own Kydex sheath for this formidable blade, whis resists rust pretty well for Damascus. That will help keep it out of the moisture, anyway. I definitely recommend this blade, but just know that they might try to sneak a trashy sheath in on you, like you're a fool.
Attached are some photos of what I actually received, after one week of EDC.
Again, I emphasize that the knife itself was phenomenal, for the price point, but the sheath was bait-and-switch GARBAGE.
The Blade is great. But the handle and tang have some issues that hinder usability. One, there is a mismatch between the tang and the horn handle piece that exposes the edge of the tang in an unacceptable way. IE you could cut your hand on it. Two there is a row of burrs on the tang that you would cut yourself on if you tried to use the knife for anything but casual cutting.
The knives that I ordered where exactly as advertised I like them I will be ordering more in the future
Beautiful blade. Gorgeous Damascus swirls. Engraved for my sons 16th Bday and couldn’t be happier. Web at home was acting up, so called. Amelia was beyond amazing for a customer service experience. Recommend to anyone wanting a unique gift and amazing service.