I moved this to W&SS where we should should see a lot of enthusiastic users and even knifemakers on this for a topic.
What are your favorites and why?
My favorites aren't really bushcrafters, but then you asked for a 3 to 5 in range.
Dozier Wilderness, Gossman mini Kephart, ML Kephart, BHK boat tail scandi, BHK Scaatycrafter, Koster bushcraft, Spyderco bushcraft, Laconico Kephart.
Skookum Bush Knife (Solid, hard use cutter, great handle,pommel.)
Fallkniven F1 and S1 ( great convex and ergos for me , wicked edge)
Esee 4 ( built like a tank carbon steel)
Bucklite Max ( inexpensive, great features, super lightweight,stainless.)
Cold Steel Pendleton Hunter ( good grip, stout , thick blade , stainless)
Modded Ontario Pilot knife ( old standard, convexed, saw back ground flat,inexpensive, carbon steel.)
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I only have four in that range...they are all made a little differently but I'd be happy with either for bushcraft.
The Bushlore, made my Rick Marchand (Magnussen)
Sojourner made by Bryan Breeden (I'm a little biased on this one, it's my own "bushcraft" design )
And the the RC-3 and RC-4 I have All are outstanding knives for field use to me but I take the RC-3 and 4 much more often because of the sheaths and carry options.
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My Brian Andrews Terrasaur..Ive used it alot lately, and am and really impressed. It takes a wicked edge. The handle is super comfy in every grip Ive worked with.
Tom Krein Bushcraft XL
Mine are not really "bushcraft" knives either, depending on how you define the term.
I generally carry two similar sized knives, around the 4" mark. One thicker convex blade on my belt for general use, and one thinner scandi in my bag for bushcrafty stuff.
I have also been trimming down my knives to only those I really like and use.These four have made the cut.
Top to bottom....
For my general use a Fallkniven F1, or my JK Hiker.
My scandis are a JK Michgan Trail, or a simple Mora Clipper.
What is your budget? A Mora Clipper is good for a really nice price. At the other end of the scale there are custom knives like the one that j williams posted - boy that pic makes me jealous!
I got sick & tired of removing chips & rolls
For the type of wood I use in bushcraft (which is seasoned & knotty hardwood) I use a convex grind
Obviously, others milage may vary
my fiddleback bushcraft jr!!! speaking of which i need andy to pretty her up again.
Back to the original question.
My favouries in the 3 - 5 inch blade length include the Fallkniven H1 (I know it's not in the only steel that others would consider as appropriate steel for a bushcraft knife, aka high carbon, but hey it works for me).
The Fallkniven TK2 (again, I know it's not in the steel that others would consider as the only appropriate steel for a bushcraft knife; aka high carbon, but hey it also works for me )
Even for a "brittle stainless steel" it is still up to batoning through seasoned knotty hardwood
My other favourite is the Bark River Liten Bror. Being 3V (ie high Carbon steel), at least this one is in the type of steel that most consider suitable for a bushcraft knife
But hey, what would I know about bushcraft knives or using them
Mora's, JK's and Barkrivers, that should catch it.
Great videos SouthernCross......
I've got two and I can't decide which one is my favourite. Both are great.
Brian Andrews Bushcrafter:
Martin Knives "BT" (Bushcrafter Tactical)
The BT tends to scare people when I pull it out at a campsite, but it's a very robust knife and durable as hell. The Brian Andrews Bushcrafter is a little less intimidating but still a highly capable knife. Both are great and like I said, I can't decide which is my favourite.
From largest to smallest:
1.) Himalayan Imports R-10
2.) Bark River Aurora
3.) Jarvenpaa puukko (the small knife in the photo)
4.)Himalayan Imports R-6
5.) Busse Boney Active Duty (Chopper's favorite)
Not mine, but one that Rockywolf designed and I made. This one felt perfect when I was testing it. It has a 4 1/2" blade.
This model has also worked very well for me.
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Customs are nice. I would suggest a Bryan Breeden. Great guy and makes knives made to work. They come very sharp.
Others I like include, Brian Andrews(Off the Map), Fallkniven, and Bark River
NWA 4" Scout
All three rotate in my kit and I love them all for different reasons. The best overall knife is probably the F1.
The Bark River Gunny is my favorite overall in this range, but there are so many good knives in this range its hard to choose. I have a hard time choosing what to take from the knives I OWN, let alone all that are available!
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