Things didn’t go so well that last bit of last year and I am digging out. OK, I am digging and hoping it eventually gets me out. There has been very little time for anything recreational at all but a good fella and fellow forum friend graciously allowed me the use of his personal Bushcraft knife for an extended period which brightened my day every time I had a few short minutes to handle it.
I have had the pleasure and privilege to use Brian Andrews’ Bushcraft over the past several weeks, thanks to Brian’s generosity and tremendous patience. When I finally sent it back to him I sent a note telling him how much I liked it and asked if he would mind if I posted a review on it. I can’t possibly mention all that I liked about this knife in what seems reasonable for a post so understand that this is not all there is to it – just all I will be able to share.
Overall, I have to rate this BC at the very top of those I have handled. It is slightly larger than I typically prefer, but I admit to a penchant for what some would consider Lilliputian dimensions for my primary knife.
The knife is 8 7/8” overall, with a 4 5/16” long blade and a 4 9/16” handle. The full-tang, spearpoint blade is 1/8” thick, 1 1/16” tall at the tallest part of the blade and 1 3/16” at the guard. It has a continuous curve along the sharpened edge and about a 25 degree combined edge angle – Scandi, of course. O1 tool steel with what I can safely assert to being an excellent HT based on how the edge stood up with NO secondary edge of any kind. Speaking of “even plunge lines,” the edge is sharp all the way back – no cheating.
The contoured handle is almost a full inch thick at the palm, has enough “squareness” about its cross section to make it easily manipulated in the hand and all the bumps and dips in exactly the right places. The scales are conveniently tapered at the front and the wood (I usually prefer Micarta) feels good and balances all 6 ounces perfectly so that the knife never feels as though its going to get away from you. The scales are made of the most dramatic piece of flame-grain Birch I have personally seen and the ¼” pins and lanyard ferrule are aluminum, the scales complemented with black liners. The overall finish of the knife is excellent and the attention to little details such as even plunge lines and scales, the absence of excess glue residue, symmetry, etc. are excellent as well.
Here is a size comparison shot with a Koster Bushcraft and Muskrat Man Bushcraft:
The handle is generous without being bulky. I find just enough material in the right places on a classic shape with some minor but useful variations. Placement of the palm swell is forward of center, the front portion of the scales are tapered, permitting all the useful and functional holds for carving. The “double waist” facilitates a smooth, low-friction grip while providing a very secure grasp of the knife even in a relaxed hold or while manipulating the knife in transition between hold methods. The “waists” appear somewhat abrupt compared to the smooth curvature of most contoured handles but it is not by accident as it is not as easy to execute and finish finely as the softer contours. The net result is control. The handle registers well and is very easily manipulated without ever imparting a sense that it will slip back in your hand. If I have harped on the control features of this handle – I do not apologize.
Functionally, the knife makes killer fuzz sticks but handles rougher and more delicate chores very aptly as well. Notching, cutting saplings, stripping small branches and bark, as well as all aspects of fire-making uncovered no irksome little oddities. There were no holds which were not comfortable in use at all. I did not put ferro-rod to spine but the spine was plenty sharp for sparking your favorite “firesteel” or scraping inner bark for tinder. Brian’s Bushcraft felt very natural and comfortable in-hand in any form of use to which I put it and never caused any fatigue or soreness.
Brian seems to have some kind of knack for fixing things I never realized were “broken.” I have been very happy with quite a number of knives over time and some of the things he did differently started making me look at some others I own or have owned and thinking some of them could use a few of his “tweaks” as well. I have to admit that this particular Bushcraft spoiled me a little.
Thanks for watchin’.
Great review as usual Jeff. Brian showed me his knife at the Michigan gathering earlier in Jan. It really is a fantastic blade and the pictures never quite give the indication of the size of this knife. It really is a full sized knife and you comparison pics demonstrate that nicely.
The only thing I hate about off-the-map-outfitters, is it makes me want too many things!
That is one beautiful knife, those handles look amazing.
awesome review and pics Jeff... that is a great looking knife.. looks crazy sharp..
long time no see too man.. i hope all is well with you... drop me a line again one of these days...
Man Ive missed your reviews Jeff. Nice job, and its been too long buddy.
Great pics buddy they truly are the Rolls-Royce of Bushcraft blades eh !!!!
Jeff its about time you graced us with your presence and excellent written reviews!
I couldn't agree with your findings more! My green micarta bushy by Brian is not as pretty as that one, but what a user!
Brian's knives are first class cutting machines and Brian Andrews is a great person to work with.
Very glad to see you around Jeff! And my impressions of my 'BGA' are just like yours, it is literally my favorite knife. Period.
Wonderful review of a very nice looking blade
I love mine! Got mine in 5/32. Makes for one beefy bushcrafter!
Great review, I really like his blades.
Man, you do great reviews Jeff. Thats really pretty.
Who cares what I just said. Please go learn about SuperBen, he needs the knifemaking community.
Man I love the look of his handles. It looks perfect.
Jeff that was a great review. Brian makes a pretty cool knife too. If it was not for chatting with Brian one day I would not have made up a scandi knife. Now I am hooked on them LOL. Brian has some great ideas on whats works for a bushcraft knife.
I didn't know you were doing scandi's Bryan, may have to search some pics on that.
Those are great Blades
Hi spooky I just posted the pic of the RISK. on the thread that was started by rocketbomb on knife pron as he wrote it up. Yes since talking to Brian one day I ahve been making them up. I have posted a few pics since I did my first one. My newest one was inspreded by Ray Mears and so the knife even has his name involved LOL.
I am hooked on that grind, Thanks again to Brian Andrews for chatting with me about them and how well they cut.
I always love your reviews Jeff! I never thought it would ever end up being on one of my knives!
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