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Bark River Bravo decision

Discussion in 'General Knife Discussion' started by Grizzlyman89701, Aug 6, 2019.

  1. Grizzlyman89701


    Mar 5, 2015

    I’m looking into purchasing either a BRKT Bravo 1 or the 1.25. Can anyone sell me on one or the other? I want this to be a fairly capable, hard use knife. I’m looking into either the A2 or the CPM 3v. I’d like it to hold an edge well and be able to sharpen on regular water stones and strops, but would like it to have good impact resistance, as well as resisting chipping.
  2. Cryptyc

    Cryptyc Gold Member Gold Member

    Sep 24, 2013
    I used my Bravo 1 as my field knife for quite some time. I carried it with me in the military for a couple years and it did exceptionally well. I think the CPM 3v is your best bet, but mine was A2 and had no regrets.
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  3. brownshoe

    brownshoe I support this site with my MIND

    Sep 6, 2002
    I'd suggest you do a search in the Good, Bad & Ugly forum on Bark River and its ownership before you buy one. Ther's a lot of makers out there.
    Triton, evilgreg, dirc and 1 other person like this.
  4. Lateck


    Dec 16, 2017
    I own a Bravo 1 and 1.5. The 1.25 is a 5" Blade vs 4.25". Both are the same other than the length.
    I am thinking about getting a 1.25 in the near future.
    I have nothing but respect for Bark River knives.
  5. Alberta Ed

    Alberta Ed

    Jun 29, 1999
    Both good knives -- Mike Stewart at Bark River knows his heat treat. You wouldn't go wrong with either IMHO.
  6. ScooterG

    ScooterG You mean Ireland? Yeah, it’s mine. Gold Member

    Mar 15, 2016
    That 3V might have been A2...or the other way around. Either way, they do make good knives. They just don’t always know what the steel is...or maybe they do? Anyway, they cut things and do it fairly well.

    As others have said, research them before buying.
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  7. Brummie

    Brummie Gold Member Gold Member

    Jan 13, 2007
    Depends whether you prefer a 4" or a 5" blade. For me, 5" is good for when carrying a single field knife that might do a variety of chores, and the 3V Bravo 1.25 LT is the one I've kept from the several Bravo family knives I've owned. If I was looking for a knife to carry alongside a large chopping or slashing blade, however, I'd chose something smaller - probably Gunny-sized.
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  8. Pilot1

    Pilot1 Gold Member Gold Member

    Sep 24, 2005
    I've had a couple of Bravo 1's and a few Gunny's all in A2 that have and still serve me well. I like their A2 because I can easily maintain it in the field. Plus it is less expensive than their 3V, and I'm cheap. :)
  9. Lateck


    Dec 16, 2017
    This thread got me looking at the Bravo 1.25 even more....
    Found a handle color that I like, so I ordered it.
    So @Grizzlyman89701 I hope you still want a Bark River Bravo. You can't go wrong with eather (1 or 1.25, in A2 or 3V).
  10. dirc


    Jan 31, 2018
    .217" thick blade, 5" long... and over $200 for a2 steel is a bit high for my fixed blade budget (imho)

    the ontario bushcraft field knife would be my hard use alternative, 5" tougher 5160 steel & easier to field sharpen, the bonus being you could save about $150 = D

  11. JamesofArc


    Apr 19, 2016
    I have never owned a Bark River knife but after years of thinking about it I am thinking about buying some of their products, the quality is too high not to.

    You know what, i am tired of hearing stuff like this any time Bark River is brought up. Its like the poster is trying to say that they know alot about the knife world by bashing on one guy. By saying stuff like this you are showing how little you know. Business is tuff and Bark River is producing some great knives in a time when everybody else is going over seas. No body is perfict. I guess your sins are better than other people's sins. Grow up.
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  12. unwisefool

    unwisefool Gold Member Gold Member

    Jan 22, 2007
    Whoa there buddy, no reason to go on the attack. All people are saying is do your research before investing in something.
  13. dirc


    Jan 31, 2018
    to quote Shakespeare, someone "doth protest too much, methinks", Hamlet (Act III, scene 2)
  14. evilgreg

    evilgreg Why so serious? Gold Member

    Dec 25, 2012
    Are you saying my body is not "perfict"? Ouch, that hurts. ;)

    I like when the forum reminds people of sketchy behavior in the market, I know it's helped me out repeatedly in the past. I was about to make a purchase and then I saw someone referring to a GBU thread about the vendor and after reading it I saved myself a potentially very expensive mistake.
    TheEdge01 and ScooterG like this.
  15. laker199


    Jan 7, 2018
    The Bravo is a great knife!!
  16. ScooterG

    ScooterG You mean Ireland? Yeah, it’s mine. Gold Member

    Mar 15, 2016
    Eagerly awaiting the “Knives and Sins” thread.
  17. brownshoe

    brownshoe I support this site with my MIND

    Sep 6, 2002
    I've not mentioned anyone by name, there are several players in that saga. Bark River is a company not a person.

    You are right, I don't know much. But I've read the saga for 17 years on this forum and the defunct Knifeforums. Had personal experience as well.

    Some people don't care and some people believe in redemption. That's cool.
  18. unwisefool

    unwisefool Gold Member Gold Member

    Jan 22, 2007
    I think it's pretty good ;)
  19. evilgreg

    evilgreg Why so serious? Gold Member

    Dec 25, 2012
    Thanks, I needed the self-esteem boost today. ;)
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  20. BMCGear

    BMCGear Gold Member Gold Member

    Jan 4, 2014
    I've read a lot of the complaints about Bark River. I don't think they're a perfect company but I also know guys that have bought and use their knives with great success. I don't generally know the people that make complaints. I've owned a few of their knives but recently got a Bravo 1.5 LT in 3v. I really like this knife and I like the sheath that it comes with, a lot.

    I would suggest the 1.25 over the 1. I like 5 inches or more on a belt knife. I went for the 1.5 and I couldn't be happier. Nothing wrong with making an informed decision though. Doing your research before you spend your hard earned money is never bad advice.

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