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HR2 First Busse

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Hello,

Just wanted to say Hi to the group. I've been interested in Busse knives for almost 20 years. In what seems like a former life I worked maintenance on a hiking trail network, and had occasion to use a Swamp Rat Battle Rat as my trails knife for almost ten years. There's not finish left on that blade, but it's never let me down. When that job transitioned into something else I used that same Battle Rat to spit kindling for my woodstove. It's still going strong.

Anyways, I just received a blacked out, coated HR2. Azula leatherworks made a sheath for it, and I'm really happy with the setup.

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grizzle

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Welcome to the forums! and nice set up too :thumbsup:

+1 for those Battle Rat pics :D
curious to see it after years of abuse love
 
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It's a neat knife. Actually a replacement for one I broke! haha

I need to charge my phone, then I'll try and take some temper line pics, ext. It's got an uneven plunge grind by the choil that I'd be interested in an expert opinion on. It's literally spent years in the field.

W/ my EDC Rodent 4 and the new HR2 which I have every intention of carrying as much as work and custom allow. Luckily this is definitely belt knife country. :)

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Temper line. This blade has been stripped and painted several times over the years.
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The tip and edge have never chipped or even taken very noticable damage from rocks, ext. Aside from the coating and then later paints, the blade was never cared for. Tree sap and bark residue left on the steel for weeks, put away wet, left in the sheath attached to the trail pack in the back of the truck for whole seasons. It's been sharpened as needed on Japanese stones and stropped with lapping compound. Always nice to get a wickedly sharp edge for pruning work.

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Res C handle has held up to regular exposure to deet laced bug repellant, sweat, saw gas/oil, abrasion, errant baton strikes while making kindling, ext.

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And here's what I wanted to ask about. The choil is off center on this Rat. The plunge grind is higher on one side. I've always wondered if it's not a right hand - left hand thing, as it does make the cutout more comfortable for a right handed user. I think it's a grinding error, but it's fun to speculate. This is a very early model. Thoughts?

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Cheers. I think I've actually reported on this knife here before, years ago.
 

lmcq784

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Congrats and welcome to the insanity!
It's a good crowd here. Hope you enjoy your stay as I have/am!

Cheers!
 
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I'm not sure but that uneven choil may have been a result of the Asymmetrical Grinds that Jerry was doing on a lot of the bigger knives. I've got a few with Asymmetrical grinds but they're all Busse INFI. I don't know the Swamp's history with edge geometry though.
 

Icky Thump

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Congrats on the HR2, welcome back into the fold.

Nice work and great pics of a proper upbringing of the Battle Rat. Steady diet of beatings and put up wet :thumbsup:

No idea about the choil. No expert, but I'd say not intentional. Just a crooked b¡tc# with a lot of character :thumbsup::thumbsup:
 
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I'm not sure but that uneven choil may have been a result of the Asymmetrical Grinds that Jerry was doing on a lot of the bigger knives. I've got a few with Asymmetrical grinds but they're all Busse INFI. I don't know the Swamp's history with edge geometry though.

They are not really Asymmetrical grinds, as in the major blade profile; but just asym EDGES. Start with a symmetrical edge profile, and then finish one side at a much shallower angle.

AFAIK, Swamp Rat never did that.
 
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I’m in the fence about getting a HR2. How does it feel in the hand? I love the look but it’s hard to tell how it’ll feel, you know?
 

lmcq784

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I’m in the fence about getting a HR2. How does it feel in the hand? I love the look but it’s hard to tell how it’ll feel, you know?
It feels good. It's a great blade shape and a wonderful handle as well. I personally prefer it over the Forsaken Steel Heart's nano Fusion handle.
But it really depends on what you're after in terms of use. I like it a lot, but I'm liking the TGULB a whole lot too. For most of my uses, it's lighter, faster, slicier. Same goes for three Jh10. But the HR2 is much more stout if you need the bomb proof strength. Also aesthetically different.
 

cobrajet

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I’m in the fence about getting a HR2. How does it feel in the hand? I love the look but it’s hard to tell how it’ll feel, you know?

This last weekend I found a couple of new Youtube vids from Easy Going Outdoors who is actually USING his HR2 and not just a table top review. Might be worth checking out.
 

Leonardo63

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Welcome! and hell of a nice piece of Infi! I think I was 3 blades in before I got my first piece of Infi.... been a hell of a ride since and the best group of people to be found on the internet. Grats! You're officially a piglet! :D
 
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This last weekend I found a couple of new Youtube vids from Easy Going Outdoors who is actually USING his HR2 and not just a table top review. Might be worth checking out.

Thanks! I’ll check those out.

Is it me or is there a serious lack of good Busse YouTube content?
 
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