Well, it was REI dividend and coupon time, so I picked up blade that has been on my radar for several months: The Benchmade Bushcrafter
I REALLY like my Mora Bushcraft SS knife, and wanted something a little heavier and little nicer.
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A quick rundown of features:
- S30V stainless, full-tang blade
- Saber grind
- Contoured G10 handles held in place with flared titanium tubes
- Leather sheath with plastic liner and loop for firesteel
So here are some of the things I like about it so far:
- VERY sharp out of the box, I have not had to resharpen yet, so I will follow up with what I think about sharpening s30V.
- The handle countours feel great. I was a bit concerned since I have medium sized hands, but it fits well and I anticipate that it will fit a range of hand sizes well.
- Showers sparks from the spine when used with a firesteel.
- Blade size is a great balance between a survival and everyday use knife.
- The hollow titanium tubes leave plenty of options for lashing and lanyards.
- In hand, this is as nice as any custom blade I have held, and at a reasonable price (approx. $200).
What I think could be better:
- Would really like to see a small amount of jimping on the spine. Not a deal breaker, but would be nice.
- I am stoked it comes with a leather sheath, but the plasic insert does cover the business side of the blade, and I can see it possibly cutting through the sheath over time. Also, a leather dangler would have been a nice addition (I ordered one online for $5).
I will update after it gets some field time. If any of you have experience with this blade, feel free to post away!