I recently purchased a Buck Hoodlum from knife center. It caught my interest when I saw some youtube videos on it (nutnfancy and Ron Hood) and was interested in getting a large chopping knife as a lighter-weight, more useful, axe replacement.
The price isn't terrible depending on where you get it from.
Overall....I didn't like it. I returned it last week.
Not sure what it was in the end that turned me off it. The weight was fine, the blade/handle orientation seemed excellent for chopping (wouldn't recommend it as a fighting knife)....the finish of the handle seemed off, the scales didn't line up well. Something about the overall blade, the longer I held it the less it appealed. Plus, I'm not sure if something that long is something I'd actually carry on me very often.
The notch on the blade was weird. Lots of people have criticized it as a blade failure point. I've seen the rebuttal video from Ron Hood, showing them smashing the blade and stating that it won't cause breakage but I don't see the point of adding it - maybe it won't cause a break but it sure doesn't make the blade stronger and it's value seems dubious at best.
I didn't care for the sheath either. It's functional but I was surprised that there was absolutely no retention without the snap or cord, the knife would just fall out. After reviewing the videos, I suspect that was somewhat intentional for ease of cleaning and for allowing ambidextrous carry - just didn't appeal to me.
I'm sure many people will still enjoy it and I wasn't going to put up a youtube video slagging it without actually using it. Unfortunately I wasn't able to test it with chopping and such because then I wouldn't be able to return it . For $170, I didn't want to hang on to something I wasn't totally happy with, especially since I was going to want a kydex sheath for it, adding a lot of cost.
In the end, I think I would rather stick with my Fallkniven A1. I'm cooling a little on the idea of large, expensive, carbon steel blades due to where I live. I had an Esee6 that I recently took on a winter survival training course, was wearing it strapped to my thigh. I ended up slogging through some very deep snow, some of which ended up all over my knife. I was shocked at how quickly it started to rust. It was easy to clean off, no harm done, but if a well oiled blade can't stand up to a little snow, I don't think it is for me. Sold that one already.
I did order a Cold Steel Recon Scout recently....couldn't help myself, lol. Damn you ebay and nutnfancy for feeding my knife addiction! :)
Still like the carbon steel Mora but it carries around my neck so little risk of it getting wet. Plus, it's $10, so it's not a big deal if it does get rusty.