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"Busse Big Five"

Discussion in 'Busse Combat Knives' started by Kenneth F Huls, Sep 10, 2019.

  1. Kenneth F Huls

    Kenneth F Huls Gold Member Gold Member

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    Jul 11, 2012
    Will, yeah, it ain't EZ, but per the theory of The Big Five you've got two "duplicates" here in the small and medium size range, so you are all the way down to four if you pick. And then you have the luxury of adding another! Nice blades there! :thumbsup:
     
  2. Kenneth F Huls

    Kenneth F Huls Gold Member Gold Member

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    Jul 11, 2012
    GREAT 5, TFHT!! :thumbsup::) Extra bonus points for working in my oddball fave, the Sus Scrofa! :thumbsup::cool:
     
  3. Kenneth F Huls

    Kenneth F Huls Gold Member Gold Member

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    Jul 11, 2012
    Home run there!
     
  4. Kenneth F Huls

    Kenneth F Huls Gold Member Gold Member

    396
    Jul 11, 2012
    John, that is a most excellent Zombie Apocalypse Big Five!!! :D
     
  5. Kenneth F Huls

    Kenneth F Huls Gold Member Gold Member

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    Jul 11, 2012
    A MOST interesting choice there, Andy, starting off with a Key ;)- but it totally works! :):thumbsup:
     
  6. IZULA

    IZULA Gold Member Gold Member

    713
    May 20, 2009
    I would grab my.......

    Rodent Rucki
    Kill Devil Sniper Hawk (kdsh)
    Dog Soldier 8 (TG with res-c)
    Boss Jack
    Active Duty
     
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  7. UNRL Ghandi

    UNRL Ghandi Gold Member Gold Member

    792
    Oct 24, 2013
    My practical big five...if we're talking Zombie Apocalypse my list would be a much different. :)
    1. Nuked Foresaken Mistress
    2. ASH 2
    3. REK'ed TGLB
    4. HG55 (KC version with bombproof tip)
    5. REK'ed Park Ranger
    Don't believe there's a task that can't be handled with this set. I use the FM for wood prep for my wood stove. I'll change this one out if I can find something a touch thicker but the same length. It's a just a bit too thin for what I use it for but still does the job. ASH 2 is my go to camping knife. Had a pile of surface rust on it when I took it out for the picture from being stored in the sheath in my truck since winter but it wiped right off, no pitting or anything. TGLB is my hiking knife. Easy to carry and I feel like I could take down a bear with it. HG55 is my hunting knife. Used it last year on a deer and it worked well. The PR was used to process the deer meat. Super sharp and slicey. Love it for meat processing.

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  8. rwdata

    rwdata Gold Member Gold Member

    798
    Mar 3, 2011
    C1DB8186-982B-45F9-8B14-DCE9F558F8F9.jpeg 1. Hognose War Sword: Unstoppable power!
    2. Huck: Kukri is one of the most versatile knives!
    3. WTF: Paddle, spatula, shovel and chopping!
    4. HogB8: Great midsize knife! Can do most everything!
    5. Skeleton Warden: Carry anywhere, good cutter!
     
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  9. Kenneth F Huls

    Kenneth F Huls Gold Member Gold Member

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    Jul 11, 2012
    THAT works, man!
     
  10. Kenneth F Huls

    Kenneth F Huls Gold Member Gold Member

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    Jul 11, 2012
    Great pic and a great Big Five! Yep, you got it. It is intended (by me, admittedly) as a practical set of 5 that will handle any task in any conditions, AND a set of 5 which represents what you see as the core Busse Icons. It struck me that the two coincided so much, if not perfectly - at least to me. On the practical side of the equation, you and I clearly think similarly. As for iconoclasts, a few of your choices seem more like personal faves, BUT they do represent a Busse Icon ideal in each size/task range, if not the exact most iconoclastic model. I like! :thumbsup::thumbsup::thumbsup:
    And, yeah, my Zombie Apocalypse Busse Big 5 would be different than my listed Big Five, too. :) However, my listed Big 5 would likely still be my Big 5 for most "other apocalypses." :cool: Odd, but there it is!
     
  11. Kenneth F Huls

    Kenneth F Huls Gold Member Gold Member

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    Jul 11, 2012
    Trending to the BIG of Busse, but cool! And I cannot argue that ya' can't do pretty much anything with those, too.
     
  12. Kenneth F Huls

    Kenneth F Huls Gold Member Gold Member

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    Jul 11, 2012
    THANKS FOR PLAYING, GUYS!!! :):cool::D
     
  13. Will York

    Will York Platinum Member Platinum Member

    Jan 21, 2000
    Thanks! Yeah, obviously our definitions of “duplicate” are at odds there. The two 5-inchers differ significantly in my book, as do the two 8’s. YMMV ;)
     
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  14. Chrisinzky

    Chrisinzky Gold Member Gold Member

    366
    Nov 20, 2015
    I think No.5 is a Skeleton Warden
     
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  15. rwdata

    rwdata Gold Member Gold Member

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    Mar 3, 2011
    Oops, my mistake. fixed.
     
  16. UNRL Ghandi

    UNRL Ghandi Gold Member Gold Member

    792
    Oct 24, 2013
    Yeah, I've owned, used, and sold so many Busse knives over the years it's crazy. The five shown are five of the six Busse left that I actually use.

    I don't have anything bigger than the Nuked FM so that one stands for now for batoning through larger logs. I don't take that one anywhere, just sits by the wood stove through the winter waiting to make kindling.

    I've camped with an ASHBM (loved that knife BTW) and NMFSH but they felt too big and cumbersome strapped to my leg so my ASH2 reigns supreme there and the SFNO and HOG 8 I had couldn't unseat it. As shown below my ASH2 with a Silky Gomboy folding saw (bottom right) are super efficient for wood processing. Minimal effort sectioning big logs and batoning into the perfect size you need.

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    The TGLB is my "if one and only knife" so it has to be here. While it is iconic it certainly meets all my needs because I think if I had to I could process a deer with it (I'll try that this year actually), I could fight with it (hopefully not trying that this year), and I can wood prep with it. It's not the best chopper but I've taken down a few 3" saplings with ease with it clearing an area for my trail cameras since I forgot my saw. Plus it demands respect when unsheathed. It gives me a confidence that none of my other knives gives me. It's equivalent to taking my .45-70 into the woods. Can't explain it but it does.

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    I have a user Ratmandu that I was thinking about putting in the place of my HG55, but in the end I think I'd take the HG55 every time. I've had INFImandu and SWATmandu too, but in the end I found myself not needing a knife in that size range that much and sold them off.

    My Park Ranger is a great EDC (if I EDC'ed fixed blades - prefer folders there) and I think everyone should have a knife they can skin and process a chipmunk with...just in case. ;) I used to be in love with the Mean Steet Ergo but I like the feel of the PR better. This knife could be replaced by a Ergo Public Defender since it would add a hair more blade length, just haven't found the right handle combo on the exchange yet and honestly if I had an EPD it could replace the PR and HG55 since it's in the middle. The Syco 311 and SAR 3 I had were nice for this too, but the PR won.

    I am tempted to try a Basic 11 because I think it has the potential to replace the FM and ASH 2 since it's right in the middle. But again, it might be too big for me to hike around with while camping unless strapped to my pack. Actually might be able to work this down to a Big 3 list now that I'm thinking about it. This has been a fun exercise and thought provoking. :)
     
  17. Cobalt

    Cobalt Gold Member Gold Member

    Dec 23, 1998
    So of the 5 lines the models would be

    1. The original SHBM. Timeless classic and the first.
    2. The original SHBM, great do it all knife.
    3. The original SHBM, packable and light.
    4. The original SHBM, does small jobs well
    5. The original SHBM, great kitchen knife.

    Those would be my picks. :thumbsup::thumbsup::thumbsup::thumbsup::thumbsup:
     
  18. gorshi

    gorshi

    101
    Jan 9, 2006
    For my part:

    NMFBM
    FBM
    Forsaken Mistress
    AD
    Forsaken Team Gemini

    And yes, I love all my mistresses. Unfortunately I still miss ASHBM & SHBM. If I will sometimes grab em, they will be definitely on my “top five” list. :)
     
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  19. Kenneth F Huls

    Kenneth F Huls Gold Member Gold Member

    396
    Jul 11, 2012
    Oh, I agree with you there, Will. I mean we draw all kinds of distinctions - valid and otherwise - between knives in order to justify our purchases to ourselves and our SO's, right? :) Just a for instance there. Not saying yours are not valid here, though. Obvious differences there. I guess in my mind I was going for one knife in each basic size range, and basing size largely on length. Heck, gotta have parameters or it is a slippery slope :eek: But I am down for however y'all want to define it or see it. Just as long as you play! :thumbsup: Didn't mean to be judgmental or anything :confused:.
     
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  20. Kenneth F Huls

    Kenneth F Huls Gold Member Gold Member

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    Jul 11, 2012
    Nice post and explan of your thought process on all of this. Thanks! A lot to comment on, but just a thought re "too cumbersome strapped to my leg." I carry my ASHBM and other such blades horizontally or "scout style" across the back of my waist when I carry them as I, too, can't deal with "another leg attached to my leg!" Works great for me unless I have a full pack with hip belt. Day pack works fine with it. I have an old custom Skystorm (now Patriot) rig that is perfect for this. But yeah, I often lash her to my pack if on the move, especially off trail.
     

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