Are the Bushman knives good emergency/beater knives?

Discussion in 'Cold Steel Knives' started by DangerZone98, Nov 22, 2020.

  1. DangerZone98

    DangerZone98

    Dec 7, 2019
    I’m a little held back by the fact that they’re made in PRC, but they look like good camp knives with more durability than Moras. What do you guys think?
     
  2. jux t

    jux t Gold Member Gold Member

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    Jan 10, 2018
    I think a mora (companion) would be way more comfortable to use overall.

    The bushman can generally be used harder and can be a spear head, though. It also comes with a ferro rod and holder on the sheath, which is nice for how inexpensive it is. The handle is uncomfortable, hard and cold.

    It’s kind of a tossup, in my opinion.
     
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  3. jdk1

    jdk1 Gold Member Gold Member

    Apr 21, 2010
    I don't think CS make anything in Red China anymore IIRC. Taiwan is NOT the Chicoms. That said, I have a Gurkha in SK5 from the days of the China Dolls. Its a great blade and the SK5 is made in Japan anyway.
     
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  4. jbmonkey

    jbmonkey Platinum Member Platinum Member

    Jun 9, 2011
    you sure about that? thought the 8cr stuff was made in China and maybe more?
     
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  5. jdk1

    jdk1 Gold Member Gold Member

    Apr 21, 2010
    Well, I could be wrong, but that's what I thought. If they are made in Red China, I wouldn't worry about quality. There may be political concerns, but CS has made many quality blades there.
     
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  6. DocJD

    DocJD

    Jan 29, 2016
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  7. DangerZone98

    DangerZone98

    Dec 7, 2019
    When I checked the product, it seems the Bushman is made in China. I’m aware though that most CS products are made in Taiwan. All the Tri-Ad knives I got have been excellent.
     
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  8. knarfeng

    knarfeng senex morosus moderator Staff Member Super Mod Moderator

    Jul 30, 2006
    The Bushman fixed blade knives knives have always been made in low cost countries. The early ones were made in Taiwan. But I think they have been made in mainland China since at least 2008. It's always been a one-piece design made of SK-5 steel which they harden to ~54 Rockwell.

    You can run a search in the General Forum and find threads going back to 2002 on it. The general consensus has always been that it's a great beater knife for the money and that it will stand up to a lot of abuse.

    Because of the differences in design, steel hardness, and size, I'd not compare it to the Mora. 7" low hardness carbon steel blade vs. 4" high hardness stainless blade makes for two very different knives.
     
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  9. DangerZone98

    DangerZone98

    Dec 7, 2019
    Thanks, knarfeng. Might pick one up as a fun knife as DocJD suggested hehe.
     
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  10. jux t

    jux t Gold Member Gold Member

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    Jan 10, 2018
    They are very different, but I think they are comparable when talking about very inexpensive survival situation knives that would generally work ok for those types of tasks.
     
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  11. scdub

    scdub Basic Member Basic Member

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    May 29, 2004
    For the role you’re talking about you might also consider the CS GI Tanto. Probably better performance in most heavy/beater tasks, probably more robust overall, full guard, still super cheap...
     
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  12. jbmonkey

    jbmonkey Platinum Member Platinum Member

    Jun 9, 2011
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    last I looked marked China meant made in red China as youre calling it. oh I'm not worried about quality. these aren't bad for the price points.
     
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  13. strideruser

    strideruser Basic Member Basic Member

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    Sep 1, 2008
    Politics aside, China can make anything to any quality level as the person paying for it is willing to pay. Remember not everyone in China is happy with the way things are. Most people on this planet are just trying to make a living....
     
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  14. jbmonkey

    jbmonkey Platinum Member Platinum Member

    Jun 9, 2011
    very well said and I agree.
     
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  15. Bigfattyt

    Bigfattyt Gold Member Gold Member

    Jun 23, 2007
    One hint for the bushman, is you can do an easy hemp, or mini paracord wrap and epoxy soak ro get a handle that is not metal.

    I don't own a Moraz or a Bushman.

    I do have a GI tanto that I've used as a throwing knive for decades. It was the first version with the cord wrapped handle.

    It is just a tape handle now, after cutting the cord with other thrown knives.
     
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