I got this knife as a gift and like it very much. The handle is solid cast aluminum and the blade appears to be top quality steel. The sheath is as good as the rest of it, well put together. Windlass has outdone themselves yet again. The only drawback I can find is that the grip is just slightly too small. As I do not anticipate going over the top to fight the Huns this isn't really a problem for me.
I found this knife here early January and just got it today. I must have been one of the first to buy this product due to the extremely long backorder, they must have still been in production. However, I am very pleased with this knife.
If you are looking for a good quality "knuckle duster" trench knife this is a great choice. It is very light and solid, unlike some of the $10 versions found on discount sites. The grip is snug yet comfortable when held in the blade down position. There is plenty of room for your fingers to not be smashed against the guard when used for punching. I just punched a tree with medium force and felt no discomfort. The lack of a "skull crusher" makes it perfect for using your other hand to thrust the blade.
The blade downward position is what this knife seems to be built for. Using it blade up is uncomfortable and very tight against my forefinger and middle finger.
Also, if you have large hands I wouldn't suggest this knife as it may be too tight. My hands are average sized so it fits great. I wear medium to large sized work gloves.
The one aspect I really don't like is the sheath. It is attractive and well made with good quality leather, but fits poorly. The blade it too tight in the space left open requiring considerable force to fully insert it. Also, when removing the blade form your belt it take too much time and catches, bringing the sheath with it. I honestly think they should remake the sheath with a little more room. As it is I plan to either make a new one or try to buy one to fit better.
Overall this knife is a great buy. I gave it 4 stars for the quality of the blade alone, but would deduct a star for the sheath. Buy this if you want a usable and durable knuckle duster knife for defense or as a collectible.