Posted By: sKot S.
- verified customerReally 3.5 Stars, the grading system doesn't seem to allow half stars.
This is a fantastic bag! No more knife roll AND laptop satchel.
Roomy, well thought out for the most part, very comfortable to wear.
Like a kid excited about the first day off school, you will spend a couple hours packing, repacking and exploring this bag.
Only downsides I've found are two.
1) The bag itself could use a waist or chest strap across the harness like a CamelBak (tm)to help distribute and help support weight, especially if you carry around a laptop that isn't an Airbook. That accounts for .5 star drop
2) The knife case is not as versatile as expected.
While I like the double stack design on one side to account for smaller knives, freeing up the other side for other tools, I was having difficulty getting my knifes in with my cardstock blade guards at all, so I tried getting one in without and CUT the plastic webbing before I even noticed it happening.
Blade guards are required.
I'm only using cardstock guards right now and I had to fold them around the spine of my knives, cut them down and force them into the pockets.
When I upgrade to AS knives and add sayas I will have to either cut stitching between pockets (diminishing capacity) or figure out how to mount my old knife roll or a different one in the knife case pocket of the bag.
This knife case will NOT hold anything larger than a 10 western style knife or a 240mm Gyuto.
If you've got a 270mm or 300mm fish knife or slicer that you love, get a saya and carry it in the pocket next to the knife case.
All in all a very functional and attractive bag. I organize myself a little differently from most people so I have little or no problem working around the drawbacks I found.
Note to the manufacturer:
I would HAPPILY pay another $100+ for this bag and knife case if they were made out of Kevlar (tm) like my laptop satchel.
Cats and Kitchens are abusive things. Between mine, my Kevlar (tm) laptop satchel has survived 5 years of both and is little worse for the wear. While the heavy weight double stitch nylon of the ChefPak (tm) is sturdy, I give this bag a life of 2 - 3 years.
Worth the money spent, but I'd spend significantly more for a redesigned knife case and Kevlar (tm).
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