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First Busse?

Discussion in 'Busse Combat Knives' started by JoshH, Jan 10, 2017.

  1. JoshH

    JoshH Gold Member Gold Member

    Jun 1, 2016
    HA! I bet you thought this was another one of those recommendation threads. No, I'm just curious what your first Busse was, and what got you to try them.
    My first Busse was the CG "AXE" Hammer.
    I was sitting in Books-A-Million, just killing time after I worked with my dad. Just for kicks, I picked up a knife magazine. I was thumbing through the pages pretty quickly (art knives aren't my thing) and noticed an ad on the right page with a knife that looked absolutely awesome. Some guy shot his Busse with a pile of different guns, and the only real damage (as I recall) was to the handle scale and coating. Busse Combat fixed the scale free of charge, and sent the guy a note back telling him that the knife liked it rough, just not that rough. Also included was the Busse warranty and their challenge to other knife manufacturers. That night and two more afterwards, I read every testimonial and review I could. At the time, the AXE Hammer was the only one available (aside from the grab bag, which I now wish I would've grabbed :D). After a week or two more of saving (already had the money for a Large 21), I ordered one from Axelson Tactical on March 7th, 2016 and had it in my hands exactly one month later.
    EDIT: If anyone knows the magazine of which I spoke, please point me to the issue. I'd like to get a hold of it because I'm a sentimental fool.
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  2. JohnTheTexican

    JohnTheTexican Gold Member Gold Member

    Jul 1, 2006
    Back in the late 90s, I read a review of a knife called a "Battle Mistress" made of a new steel called "INFI." I was intrigued and ordered one, along with a couple of the other knives Busse was selling at the time - A Steel Heart II (which I'd also read about in another edition of the same magazine) and a Badger Attack. Since then, "Straight Handle" has been added to their names to distinguish them from subsequent versions. So my introduction to Busse was in the form of a SHBM, a SHSH II, and a SHBA.

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  3. Maqua


    Jan 21, 2005
    Mine was the good ol' CGFBM:
  4. stjones

    stjones Gold Member Gold Member

    Feb 23, 2010
    CG ASH1!! .32" of INFI madness!!

  5. Cteve

    Cteve Gold Member Gold Member

    Oct 1, 2015
    Mine was a sterile FBMLE I saw it on a this web site last year and new i had to have it, it was quickly followed by a few others. I still like the FBMLE the best and fondle it daily lol. I heard of Busse before but didn't have a strong interest until i started really doing some research now i don't know know how i could get along without. I sold off most of my pre Busse collection to fund my new love of this awesome steel and have No Regrets.
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  6. Andy the Aussie

    Andy the Aussie Platinum Member Platinum Member

    Jan 29, 2010
    B6 (but a couple of SY Regulators first).
  7. Brummie

    Brummie Gold Member Gold Member

    Jan 13, 2007
    Skinny ASH in jungle green and black micarta. Still unused because it came with an edge on it like a house brick. Never been able to get rid of it, though. One day, I'll get around to re-profiling that edge.
  8. Tom Kanik

    Tom Kanik Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 18, 2003
    I first heard of Busse while watching a Ron Hood video on survival, then later saw an ad in the Shomer-Tec catalog. Then in 02' I read about Swamp Rat, SR-101, etc. and ordered a Battle Rat, shortly followed by a Camp Tramp. I never thought I would spend the money on Busse Combat knives...HA!!!:D I now have several of all three Busse lines.
  9. Ericz


    Apr 21, 2016
    BIG ash 1 was my first i got one after doing A LOT of research on steel. i was trying to find something special and i found it in Busse. NO REGRETS
  10. Elgin

    Elgin Gold Member Gold Member

    Oct 3, 2014
    I'm relatively new to Busse, and my first taste was a Busse kin knife, a Rodent 6. My first actual Busse was a BG Team Gemini. Sold both, had many others, and ended up back at another Rodent 6. Only have a few Rats now, but I definitely see more actual Busse knives in my future.
  11. Switchblade_renegade

    Switchblade_renegade Gold Member Gold Member

    Jan 20, 2012
    pork shank with the sos handles!!! Best knife ever!!
  12. Ericz


    Apr 21, 2016
    You have to get some INFI. my first ash has a nice big satin finish some marks on the finish from use but the edge and knife are still beautiful. i was instantly addicted to INFI. i swear theirs something in the steel that is always evaporating off the knives thats more addicting then heroin.
  13. JoshH

    JoshH Gold Member Gold Member

    Jun 1, 2016
    If you ever become so motivated, I know where you can find a permanent home for those three :D
  14. Ratman79

    Ratman79 Gold Member Gold Member Basic Member

    Jan 5, 2016
    my 1st was a R6 SwampRat. My 1st hunk o' INFI was the Steel Heart ergo 2--SHe2 which I have come to regard as my undisputed favorite in its blade range. Just a great knife! It really grew on me!
  15. SevenOfNine

    SevenOfNine Gold Member Gold Member

    Nov 20, 2016
    My first was a Swamp Rat Ratmandu...desert sage blade, tan handle. Always wanted INFI but I started off with a few different Swamp Rats because they were much more affordable at the time. If you're being technical, then my first Busse proper was the INFI comp finish SOB with tan & black G10. That SOB is definitely my favorite of all the Busses that I own or have owned thus far. It's a great EDC & fits my hand perfectly.
  16. gk4ever2

    gk4ever2 Gold Member Gold Member

    May 1, 2008
    My first Busse was a Basic 9 in late 2001, followed by a Satin Jack CG with a 1/4" thick blade in early 2002, and many others later on; I still have the B9 & SJ. My biggest regret is not buying a SHBM when they were $297 new from Busse. :eek::mad:
  17. elof_alv

    elof_alv Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 13, 2009
    This 'lil piece of INFI was my first, after a bucketfull of SR-101
  18. Dicko


    Dec 28, 2014

    This 1/300 SHBM was my first - kicked off a habit for sure!

    Long since gone for many reasons however hope to have another one day.

  19. Niddhogg


    Nov 2, 2014

    CG SOB. Wish I had the dough to order when the TGLB was still available! The SOB is a great EDC, and has spent a good bit of time on my belt.
  20. MikeH


    Oct 18, 2001
    My first was the Bird's Beak Steel Heart II in 1994, shortly followed by the original Badger Attack.

    Fun story about that first knife:

    I was at home recuperating after heart surgery when the knife came. I was sitting in a recliner in the den, all 6'8" of me in an open pajama top with my nasty-looking, red scabby incision
    down my chest on full display, along with three puncture wounds where the drains had been removed. I was holding the BB SH II, examining and fondling it. My daughter Kim, then an early developing 13 years old, walked through the den with a neighborhood boy in tow that I had never seen before. I noticed him eyeing me, the knife, and my prominent wounds. As they walked out I said, "Son, you should have seen the loser."

    He never came back. Kim was furious with me, but laughs about it now.

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