The EKA Nordic W12 has been on test with us for nearly 6 months and has really been knocked about in the name of bushcraft.
The build quality is superb overall with the blade being well balanced and tough enough to handle most tasks thrown at it.
The 4mm thick stainless drop point blade is of full tang construction making it ideal for heavy duty bushcraft use. The spine features some nicely placed gimping for better control which is perfect for guys with bigger hands. The blade arrives razor sharp and ready to rock which is great.
The wooden handle is genius in its design and manufacture. Manufactured from well treated hard wood the handle features a good sized finger guard and a well defined grip pattern which performs flawlessly in wet and cold conditions. There is also a G10 scaled version available for a slightly lesser price.
The drop point has been well contoured and shaped. The blade arrives very well sharpened ready for use. The kydex sheath is well produced. I have never been a fan of kydex but in this case it has been well thought out but I am not too keen on it’s overall size. The belt loop is really strong and keeps your knife firmly in place.
The firesteel which is secured to the side of the sheath is a little wimpy but does throw a good amount of sparks out if needed. The field sharpener which is mounted on to the firesteel is of good quality and can quickly dress up the blade edge after heavy use although with a blade like this all you need to do is strop it regularly to maintain its edge.
I personally have removed the firesteel from the sheath as it really is surplus to requirements for my usage.
Overall the EKA W12 is a winner in our eyes and one you should consider when looking for a good bushcraft all rounder. I think this knife will be serving me well for years to come. Sumo Approved!