Out to the shed I went to collect my materials. String, twine, fishing line, nylon webbing, a plastic construction bucket, some 1/2" ugly yellow plastic rope and two sheets of plywood: one 1/4" thick the other 1/2" thick. Oh, and lest I forget, my 3 pound sledge hammer.
The knife had no issues cutting everything I tried it on - usually in a single pass / pull. It handled the nylon webbing quite easily. I pulled it through the ugly yellow rope in a single movement. I attacked the plastic construction bucket with it, puncturing the bucket several times and then hacking away at the rim of it. When I finished several minutes of that I went back to cutting again and it still performed with no issues. Next was puncture testing on the wood.
Setting up the 1/4" plywood so I had about a one foot square target I swung the knife overhand and had no problem penetrating the wood. I got about 1/2" through before the blade was stopped. I swong harder, got a little farther. The grip was comfortable and I didn't worry about my hand sliding down onto the blade. When I performed the same test on the 1/2" plywood I couldn't quite get the tip through - obviously it was me and my swinging and not the knife. So, I took another swing and got the blade stuck but not through. That's where the hammer came in. I gave the knife a few good whacks with the small sledge and it went through the wood with no issues. I had to wiggle and pull to get it out but finally managed. The blade still showed no signs of real wear or tear. Back to the string, twine, webbing and plastic I went. It still cut well. I was satisfied.
I can't find this knife on the Buck Knives website yet but a Google search found me several pages of returns. Much of the pricing I've found runs between $105 and $140. Given the companies involved in the design collaboration, the production and marketing of it, I think that's more than reasonable.