Is the Skookum Bush Tool all that...

Discussion in 'General Knife Discussion' started by Uncle Timbo, Aug 7, 2019.

  1. Uncle Timbo

    Uncle Timbo Gold Member Gold Member

    Nov 23, 2005
    ...and a bag of chips? I mean is it worth $500?
    I am not trying to slam the knife but I've seen them for sale for quite a few years and always wondered about them. Could someone satisfy my curiosity?
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  2. bikerector

    bikerector KnifeMaker / Craftsman / Service Provider Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Nov 16, 2016
    I've seen a few of them as well and wondered the same. I'll be interested to see what people think. I suppose if people are willing to pay for it, the maker can charge that much for it at least.
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  3. Standard78

    Standard78 Gold Member Gold Member

    Jun 25, 2015
    They’re nice, but not $500 or even $400 nice.

    The handle is blocky where your pinky goes and it seems that most of the newer 3v versions are shorter in blade length than the O1 or A2 versions.
  4. bobobama


    Jan 15, 2017
    Where do they come up with these names????
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  5. evilgreg

    evilgreg Why so serious? Gold Member

    Dec 25, 2012
    Probably something related to this:

    There are a bunch of Skookum named things in Montana. Skookum mountain, Skookum Falls, Skookum Butte, etc.
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  6. Uncle Timbo

    Uncle Timbo Gold Member Gold Member

    Nov 23, 2005
    I think in that size, a guy could buy an F1, a chopper or a hatchet AND have enough money left over for a sweet saw.
    The Triple Threat.
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  7. dodgeem33

    dodgeem33 Gold Member Gold Member

    Jul 20, 2006
    I've had one on order for over 4 years now with no delivery communication at all. I guess it depends on how bad folks want 'em.
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  8. Peter Hartwig

    Peter Hartwig Gold Member Gold Member

    Feb 29, 2008
    I believe it is a well made knife, but the price is more do to demand/supply being out of balance than the overall quality. I had one on order at one time, but dropped out.
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  9. Deinos

    Deinos Gold Member Gold Member

    Feb 7, 2016
    I don't know about the Skookum, but I am liking the LT Wright Lagom a lot so far, and it is less than half the price...
  10. unwisefool

    unwisefool Gold Member Gold Member

    Jan 22, 2007
    I can't see any reason why that knife should cost $500
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  11. Henry Beige

    Henry Beige Gold Member Gold Member

    Jun 1, 2015
    Did I see one on the shelf at Fantasy House Adult Toys?
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  12. onekerf

    onekerf Gold Member Gold Member

    Feb 5, 2008
    Scarcity, Demand, and Mors Kochanski lore.
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  13. Uncle Timbo

    Uncle Timbo Gold Member Gold Member

    Nov 23, 2005
    I'm sorry but I've never looked at one and wished I had 5 hundo of disposable income. I have to be dollar wise with my money.
    Like I said earlier, 500 will buy a sweet bushcraft knife, hatchet or chopper, and saw. If you add the chopper and saw on top of the knife, you could easily be at 700 to 800 dollars.
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  14. cbach8tw

    cbach8tw Gold Member Gold Member

    Jan 9, 2006
    I am sure it is a well made knife, but I also wondered if that price was worth it. Glad someone voiced my thoughts.
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  15. gazz98

    gazz98 Gold Member Gold Member

    Sep 3, 2008
    I handled one many years ago. I remember it due to the odd name. Nothing special about it to me.

    Is it worth the money? I'd say no. I admittedly don't understand some of the pricing on many customs tho.

    I think you get more bang for buck with a LT Wright, White River, makers on this forums, etc.
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  16. d762nato

    d762nato Gold Member Gold Member

    Dec 16, 2009
    While I like the looks of them and the butt cap on the end. I don't understand how you get five bills for one and it doesn't even have a soldiered on guard or anything like that to enhance it. I mean its a ground blade with some handle slabs attached. I'd say about 250 maybe is what I'd go.
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  17. Mannlicher


    Nov 19, 2008
    They are nice enough, but I own several knives that are as well, or better made, and of better materials that I bought for less money. To each his own, though. I won’t knock anyone that feels differently.
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  18. Quiet

    Quiet "That guy" Platinum Member

    Oct 11, 2013
    Yep, I'm about seven years, and the guy never responded to phone calls or emails that I sent around MY four year mark. I don't think he's actually making them anymore.
  19. Peter Hartwig

    Peter Hartwig Gold Member Gold Member

    Feb 29, 2008
    I believe I have seen a couple for sale recently that people had just received. He certainly doesn't spend any time on the website. I think it was last updated in 2009. I actually didn't have any trouble getting hold of him back when I ordered and canceled., but no communication is not unusual with such a backlog. Not great, but not unusual.
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  20. Quiet

    Quiet "That guy" Platinum Member

    Oct 11, 2013
    The issue there is this. I got on his books by email in November of 2013. He told me the wait time was four years at that point. I said "Good deal!" and we had email communication a few more times where I was asking additional questions. In March 2016, I decided to change my steel choice from O1 to 3V because I'd learned more about knives in those years. He immediately responded with "Sure thing! Also, you're going to be "first of 2017 for your order to come up". This ended up being the last communication I received. In July 2017, I reached out several times, left messages and emails and never got a response.

    So, one of three things has happened:

    - He sometime between 2016 and now, stopped making knives.
    - he somehow magically acquired about a hundred (or more) new customers in front of me in his books and I got pushed back (going on over two additional years now) which happened with zero communication from him
    - He somehow erased me from those books completely

    I had ordered a matching set of two, because I'd wanted to give one to my father. Oh well. Anyway, I'm not salty about it, I'm long past that point. I mean, there is literally nothing this knife can do that a Benchmade Puukko can't, and that's half the price of his direct-from-maker price. However, this experience is why I no longer get on makers' books unless the wait time is a reasonable timeframe like, a few to several months and I DEFINITELY do not pay up front.

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