Review Lon Humphrey Bridger

Discussion in 'Knife Reviews & Testing' started by Aias, Feb 13, 2020 at 1:38 AM.

  1. Aias

    Aias

    Aug 1, 2012
    So, I wanted to post a review with some pics of an exceptional blade from my favorite knifemaker, Lon Humphrey. I have lots of his knives (10 in all), but wanted to choose one that was still in stock at KSF and DLT. He makes knives in small to medium batches, and all aspects of the process are done by he and an his wife. Lon's knives don't sit around at the dealers for long, and for good reason--they are absolute performers.

    For this review, I chose the Bridger.

    Specs:

    Overall Length: 10.625"
    Blade Length: 5.5"
    Cutting Edge: 4.625"
    Blade Steel: 52100
    Blade Thickness: .185"
    Weight: 9.5oz.

    And they look like this, and come with a very sturdy leather sheath...

    When it was new:

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    The knife is named after Jim Bridger; a mountain man who lived during the mid-1800's of significant acclaim, and is meant to be a general, all-purpose belt knife, built to handle all you can throw at it.

    Ergos and balance:

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    The knife feels great in hand, and is absolutely solid... as can be seen in the "let's split some seasoned, knotty wood" pics:

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    And still raised curls effortlessly...

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    Prying

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    And carving wood

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    That sheath is a custom; I wear it behind my back at an angle.


    The Bridger is an absolute joy to use, it's light on the belt, and hits the sweet spot in terms of size. In addition to the great ergos, Lon's heat treatment of the forged 52100 is truly phenomenal. The knives are tough, they stay sharp, and with just a few passes on a ceramic stone, I've been able to bring the edge back to hair shaving sharp (as my left are can attest).

    What you have here is medium belt knife perfection. In addition, Lon is a great guy who interacts with his customers regularly through his group on FB.

    Here’s a link to his YouTube channel:
    https://m.youtube.com/user/LonHumphrey



    If you have not had the pleasure of using his knives, check out a Bridger.

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    Last edited: Feb 13, 2020 at 9:39 AM
  2. Alberta Ed

    Alberta Ed

    Jun 29, 1999
    Great review, thanks! 52100 has long been my favorite high carbon steel (Marbles Campcraft and Fieldcraft from Mike Stewart's era there). Jim Bridger would have been proud of his namesake knife.
     
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  3. Aias

    Aias

    Aug 1, 2012
    thanks! Totally agree!
     
  4. Angus McGunnigle

    Angus McGunnigle

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    Jan 1, 2013
    Great review and thank you for sharing this. Heckuva knife !
     
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  5. Aias

    Aias

    Aug 1, 2012
    My pleasure--actually, it's long overdue. I have three Bridgers--one from the very first run (which my son picked out, so it's his), the one shown above (most recent, and maybe last, run), and an "Outlaw" trailing point Bridger, which Lon made a very small batch of (about 13). To get in on those, you have to join his own forum, and there he announces sign-ups for small custom runs. Sign-up instructions can be found in his FB group.

    The Outlaw trailing point Bridger looks like this--the blade is a little more than an inch longer; I ordered mine with desert ironwood and lime green liners:

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    Here is a link to his forum:
    http://forum.lonhumphreyknives.com
     
  6. jfk1110

    jfk1110 Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 9, 2013
    Great review! Thanks for the effort! Damn sexy knife too! Love green canvas!! May it.last you and your son thru to his son's son!!
     
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  7. Aias

    Aias

    Aug 1, 2012
    Thanks! His is a green burl, he loves it.
     

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