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Discussion in 'LionSteel knives' started by LostViking, Apr 27, 2020.
I have a B40 headed my way.
Clad in Santos Wood.
Kind of excited.
Congratulations! Let us know how you like it when it arrives.
Post a picture or two. Love to see pretty Santos wood.
The B40 Bushcraft arrived yesterday.
Initial impressions are very good.
Fit and finish is spot on.
The finish is so good, it reminds me of a Chris Reeve Nyala style knife.
There is no place along the slabs where you can begin to slide a piece of paper underneath the slabs. Not even a small corner. The slabs are smooth and tight to the spine. the wood is warm to the touch and very attractive.
The grinds are even. The plunge lines are symmetrical.
The balance point is on the front bolt.
Out of the box, it will shave hair, and it will push cut curves into copy paper as well.
The sheath is well built, attractive, simple and functional.
The knife slides in and out without issue. I inverted the knife in the sheath and shook it violently. it remained exactly where it started. Very nice!
The handle ergonomics are good. it just feels natural in your hand. There is more than enough real estate to accommodate my large sized hands.
The shape as viewed from the top down is a slight coke bottle shape, but not insanely so. There is also a slight swell along the bottom of the spine.
The machining on the slabs adds some traction without being overly aggressive.
Overall, the handle has a nice neutral feel to it. it appears to be comfortable in any hold I tried.
I made dinner with it last night. no surprises there. it sliced and diced fine.
I also took it out and made a small fire last night. I shaved some feathers, I batoned some smaller wood. I used the point to split some smaller tinder and kindling.
it was all natural and easy.
Overall, I think Lion Steel has a winner here.
I know a lot of folks these days want to pigeon hole knives into a specific category.
Bushcraft, Tactical, Hunting, EDC, and on and on.
What I see from the B40 Bushcraft, is a very well rounded all purpose field knife.
I see nothing wrong with a Jack of All Trades Knife. and I think Lion Steel pretty much nailed that with the B40.
It is a well executed design with quality components. Elegant in its simplicity.
A form follows function real world working utility knife.
Obviously we are in the Honeymoon Phase here. Only time will tell if the love affair will continue. Will the sheath retain it retention? Will the Sliepner Steel hold up to rough service? will the wood slabs suffer from extended outdoor use?
I'll keep you posted as I get more field time with this knife.
I add some photos once I get my camera/computer issues resolved. The life of a Luddite favors knives over technology.
Great initial review! Makes me want to get one. I just got an M4, but this one has me intrigued!
That was a tough decision for me.
B40, M4, T5, choices, choices!
I had a T5, but sold it on the exchange. We knife people are always on the hunt for that perfect knife. I haven't found it yet. Sometimes I buy a knife just to see it in person. A brick and mortar store would sure save me a lt of money!
Just a brief update.
The B40 Bushcraft is a very cool knife. I have been using it almost exclusively.
If I had to describe this knife with one word, that word would be neutral.
That description may not mean a lot to some folks. But it does to me.
The handle is neutral. Comfortable and controlled in most groups. It may not have all kinds of sexy shapes, but it works just fine.
Same with the blade. No fullers, no big choils, not a ton of angles. Just a nicely shaped, we thought out blade.
I have batoned wrist sized hardwood. Dry, seasoned cherry to be exact. No issues.
It has cut a decent amount of Onions, Peppers, Andouille sausage, cheddar cheese, a beef roast and more. Again it is neutral. It just does the job with no drama.
I read once somewhere long ago. If you have to rely on handle material for traction to keep the knife in your hand. You handle design is lacking. True? or False?
I’m not sure about that. But I can say the B40 seems to want to stay in your hand. And it doesn’t take a death grip to make that happen. It is very relaxing to use this knife.
I think the phrase “Like an extension of your hand” is over used. But the B40 does what needs doing for me like we’ve been together for years.
Perhaps the best praise I can bestow on the B40 is this.
I ordered a LionSteel M4 this morning.
Happy that you like it.
You will love the M4 as well.
Got my B41 with black G10 a few days ago, it is perfect.