Bushwacker BM (LE or CG)?

rega25

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First off, does anyone know how long these will be available to buy thru bussecombat? (I hope its not a week or two before they are gone) I would like to get both, but am only going to order one at a time for sure. I was going to get the CG Black with green/black G10, but the grand total with G10 is $432. Then i was looking at the LE and it is only $160 more than the tricked out CG. Do you think it is worth the extra moneyto upgrade to the LE and what are pros and cons (CG has convex edge vs. Sabre ground on LE)(You can only get paper handles with LE) ( and appreciation in value over the years between the 2)
 
I think they're on the way out soon. Amy-0 wrote, in another recent thread, that the KZ2 may soon be up for sale on the site - and since it's a big one it'll most likely replace the BWMs...

That said, if this will be your ONE big chopper knife - get the LE. It's the most SHBM-like of all BMs, and a bargain at that as compared to original SHBMs.

Otherwise, if you have another/bigger chopper, or don't intend to do tons of chopping with it, then the CG will certainly be adequate enough.

I started with the CG, and have just made the upgrade to the LE. I'll be getting rid of my CG here pretty soon I think as I just need one of them.

Either way it's hard to go wrong, but that's my take.

Enjoy.
 
Thanks for the advice, ill prob go with the LE after your input. Why do you think he made the LE with Sabre ground, not convex, is this a big difference in your opinion? PPl on forums are going crazy about convex, would you make an LE convex or keep it the way it is?
 
Why do the CG's appreciate more? Because ppl beat them to hell more and its harder to find a mint CG and the LE's are usually pampered?
 
but if they are more affordable and there are more produced then why would they appreciate more than limited edition? i am horrible at understanding economics sometimes
 
I think they're on the way out soon. Amy-0 wrote, in another recent thread, that the KZ2 may soon be up for sale on the site - and since it's a big one it'll most likely replace the BWMs...

That said, if this will be your ONE big chopper knife - get the LE. It's the most SHBM-like of all BMs, and a bargain at that as compared to original SHBMs.

Otherwise, if you have another/bigger chopper, or don't intend to do tons of chopping with it, then the CG will certainly be adequate enough.

I started with the CG, and have just made the upgrade to the LE. I'll be getting rid of my CG here pretty soon I think as I just need one of them.

Either way it's hard to go wrong, but that's my take.

Enjoy.

+1! I got both and I love the LE:thumbup:
 
Get the LE...you won't regret it. I bought a CG and it was a little too thin for me. The LE is the perfect mix of thickness and balance.
 
The reason CGs appreciate more is because LEs start out so much more expensive, so appeal to a more limited market. A basic Micarta-handled BWM will run you $347.00, but an LE is $597.00, or about 72% more. The basic model can appreciate $100 and will still be more attractive to a lot of folks than an LE at release price -- performance-wise, there's not a whole lot of difference between them, it's mostly aesthetics. Some folks love their LEs, so there is a market, but the difference in price is normally too much for me. As far as G-10 vs Micarta, G-10 looks better, but I prefer the feel of Micarta and it's cheaper, so that's what I usually go with. I REALLY like the BWM; I ended up buying nine of them -- 6 Micarta-handled CGs and 3 (two-tone Micarta-handled) Competition Finished versions.
 
I have both and whilst the CG is a cracking knife when stripped and zero convexed .... which means the edge is tapered completely from the spine ( only do it once as these mic at .187 and you dont want to go too thin ) and thereafter you need to strop the edge to restore it .... personally for me I found the use of the blade in it's painted form not on top par with what it can deliver when tweaked as above. It is tho' a great knife.

The LE however is one of my favourite Busse's of all time. Like a SHBM it is just about perfect in weight, balance and comfort. The sabre grind is no issue as you can convex the edge and the weight of the knife allows for better chopping performance than the CG model. The attention to detail on the spine and choil by way of tapering the edges gives a very comfortable grip when choked up on and you can whittle wood to a very fine tolerance because of the balance and control ... and for a long time because the wider spine is more comfortable for your thumb and forefinger. I sanded and smoothed my handles down because I like smooth grips. They suit how I chop .... I basically "rock" the knife slightly for a "snap" with my wrist .... it seems to work and enables the knife's weight to make a difference and is not as tiring .... if you chop enough it seems to come naturally as you figure out what works best .... so all my chopping knives have a smoothish feel .... even if you can still see some pattern on some .... but the LE handle on thickness of the tang and when smoothed off is by far my most comfortable handle on any Busse for chopping. The LE is really a brilliant knife .... exceptional in my view.
 
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The Le for me is the nicest of the two and does'nt seem to show wear as bad as a Cg. Also for cutting up food and such the satin is always better.
Like Peter said its about the closest to a Shbm as your going to get without paying twice the price of an Bwmle. Satin Busse's are Soooo! Sweeeet! :thumbup:;)
 
yeah i have to agree about the satin, so why are the g10 handles so much more than the paper, I was looking at the process, and it looks like the g10 is fiberglass based and micarta is paper fiber based, it that why, or is because the g10 is more durable?
 
I expect the higher cost for G10 is because the raw material costs more than linen micarta .... don't know for sure .... :confused:
 
I have both, and while it was a bit hard to decide on the LE, because the price, in this case the "no regrets" couldn't be truer.
As Peter PHWS wrote, it's an exeptional blade IMHO.
 
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