Just for the sake of fuzzies, I fuzzed up one end of the cottonwood that was to later become my spindle. The bitterroot makes fuzzies really well and I love the control afforded by the knife. Despite really liking the BA Bushcrafter, I'm still a bigger fan of full flat with convex edge as my muscle memory makes doing fuzzies with this configuration much easier than I find using a scandi.
The knife comes razor sharp and has a very thin profile at the edge. This combination made carving the spindle from the half portion of the wrist-sized cottonwood piece a simple task. As stated before, the contours of the handle seem superbly fitted to my hand. Overall, I found the knife was very comfortable on the 12 minute or so activity of carving down the spindle. There were no hot spots and I didn't experience any hand fatigue in the process of making the spindle, a test which often brings out bad ergos in a blade very quickly.
Nice sharp tip is great for drilling.
That continuous belly design beautifully cuts into wood and is great for notching. This will also aid the knife in kitchen prep/slicing chores as well as for game processing.
For posterity, I ended up drilling out and notching two holes and I liked how the bitterroot was behaving here! Here is the coal produced in the second well.
In my scheme of things, for a multi-day trip, this is a blade meant to compliment a larger tool such as an axe or mid-size blade that you can keep in your pack while out for the long haul. It will serve excellently as a dayhike blade on its own as well. Its not so large of a blade to draw the eyes of other hikers and its compact sheath and attractive handle make it a very non-tactical, public friendly in appearance. At the same time, this is a blade that can really so some muscle duty when called to action. There is a lot you can do with 4", whether that means splitting larger pieces of wood or performing intricate carving with its fine tip. The blade profile sports a continuous belly which looks a little funny but performs extremely well at cutting, slicing and carving chores. Like a classic Grohman, it has a touch of an offset handle/blade angle that will make it great in the kitchen.
Brians Fit & Finish is always extremely good and my knife was no exception in the area. The handle slabs are perfectly flush to the tang and I can't find any tool marks or missed/rough spots on the handle or blade. The slabs are perfectly symmetrical on both top and bottom aspects. The spine is nicely squared and throws sparks off a ferro rod effortlessly. Lastly, Brian provides a heavy duty pouch sheath with a full penetrating wax treatment. Right now, the sheath is still exuding some excess wax which ends up on the blade, but that will stop after a week or so. What is cool about this sheath is that the wax treatment actually causes the blade to 'click in' almost like kydex.
All and all this is a great blade which I look forward to putting on my belt often. This blade probably won't appeal to folks who like substantial heft in their cutting instruments. It will appeal to folks who want most of the attributes and versatility of a 4" bushcrafter style blade but also want a knife that is compact, light and laser sharp. For anyone in the latter category, I highly recommend this one.