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Discussion in 'Busse Combat Knives' started by BePrepared, Jun 19, 2012.

  1. BePrepared


    Aug 26, 2010
    Can anyone tell me if there's a thread that explains what the Nuclear Meltdown process is, how it is done, and what differentiates it from a standard blade?

    i see lots of talk about it, and i have a general idea, but i thought perhaps there might be a detailed thread on it

    i can't find one :(
  2. KnifeAddictAK


    Nov 17, 2003
    I could be wrong but I think the only thing to it is everything is smooth and rounded. There are no sharp edges minus the one that cuts :D the spine is "crowned" or rounded which makes applying pressure to it by hand so much nicer.
  3. Soulrack223

    Soulrack223 Gold Member Gold Member

    May 8, 2007
    It's the ball bearing treatment like you see on the NMFBM and NMSFNO. I assume it's done by the CNC machines after the blanks are cut out but I'm not sure. I don't like it but I appear to be in the minority. I'd take a FFBM or Sabre SFNO over the NM versions any day. YMMV
  4. darkaether

    darkaether KnifeMaker / Craftsman / Service Provider Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Dec 23, 2006
    they have also been 1"-2" longer than the base models
  5. mamun1024


    Jan 31, 2011
    I think the blade length is also increased along with the smooth, rounded finish
  6. Jaxx

    Jaxx Moderator Moderator Platinum Member

    Jan 18, 2006

  7. uyotg

    uyotg Gold Member Gold Member

    Sep 5, 2010
    That seems to be the case with the SFNO and FBM, even though the increased length has never been described as part of the treatment.

    Some people will also say that the SAR series has the treatment, but I don't think it's ever been officially put that way in the specs. I've noticed there's a half-nuked treatment, too, like on the CG BOSS Jack--there is still a noticeable corner from the front to the side of the steel at the front guard area, but the front is slightly rounded and not squared. Additionally, the talon and pommel holes themselves are left squared or edge broken, not rounded. I don't think this has an official name either.

    Not to add to the confusion or anything :) :foot:
  8. Soulrack223

    Soulrack223 Gold Member Gold Member

    May 8, 2007
    Agreed. Old designs being re-introduced with the treatment are stretched to add to their novelty. The SAR series have it without the "NM" in their name but the BOSSeries have a partial meltdown treatment. It looks like the new SHBMLB will be in the BOSSeries without the pommel being melted down, keeping with the partial meltdown we've seen with the BOSS Jack and BOSS Street. :foot: :thumbup:

    ETA the design features stay very consistent across each series, the acronyms--not so much. :eek: :D
  9. mamun1024


    Jan 31, 2011
    And the upcoming BM & FSH knives.. they all have increased blade length.

    From Jerry's old post:

    "Every exposed section of steel that your hand will come in contact with has been given the rounded, Nuclear Meltdown ball-bearing finish, including the choil area which provides extra comfort when choking up on the blade.

    It features smooth, hand-shaped grips that are ground on the very knife they ride on, offering you the finest "No Hot-Spot" handle that we have EVER produced!!!"

    The SAR series has jimping on the spine, technically they don't have NM treatment because of the jimping and the handle slabs are not smooth, hand-shaped.
    Last edited: Jun 19, 2012
  10. uyotg

    uyotg Gold Member Gold Member

    Sep 5, 2010
    Oh yeah, forgot about those two :eek: too new to remember. But the ones at the show weren't hand-shaped either, right? There seems to be different degrees of melting down. Different degrees of roundness, whether or not the inside of the talon holes are also rounded, hand-smoothed vs. CNCed scales... it looks like the NMSFNOLE and NMFBMLE scales are hand-smoothed, but the CGs are not. Never noticed that till now. We better stop before we go crazy trying to find a pattern to Jerry's designs :confused:
  11. Lycosa


    Aug 24, 2007
    I was under the impression that soaking a Busse knife in old scotch would cause the meltdown effect?
  12. BePrepared


    Aug 26, 2010
    Wow... i go to lunch, and Team Hog comes to the rescue.

    Thanks for all the info guys. That's a lot more than I expected
  13. Soulrack223

    Soulrack223 Gold Member Gold Member

    May 8, 2007
    The NMSFNOs were sold with machined scales. Tons of NMFBMs have been sold with machined scales after the initial 2 week release too.
  14. mamun1024


    Jan 31, 2011
    You are right! I think only the LE's had smooth, hand-shaped scales.
  15. BePrepared


    Aug 26, 2010
    am i the only one that likes the milled, multi-textured scales the most?

    the smooth probably feels nice, but the textured look is by far the nicest looking IMHO
  16. Demonic1


    Feb 18, 2008
    There are NMSFNOs with hand shaped slabs that are NOT LEs I've had a couple. They are rare though.....and available through the Custom shop.
  17. mamun1024


    Jan 31, 2011
    Ok I give up.. :)

    Were the NMSFNO's ordered from the custom shop?
  18. Soulrack223

    Soulrack223 Gold Member Gold Member

    May 8, 2007
    No, you are not the only one. I prefer them to the hand smoothed. It's one of the (many) things that sets Busse Combat apart from the competition--awesome machined scales. :)
  19. Last Visible Canary

    Last Visible Canary actively parsing hurf durf

    Nov 28, 2006
    There's a pattern to it.
    'Nuclear Meltdown' can be applied in multiple instances. It can be applied as a production run title, or it can be applied as a partial or full feature.

    When something has the name in it's title such as 'Nuclear Meltdown FBM' it generally indicates a re-release of an older model with a new feature set. That new set may only be the rounding process, but it has historically included a lengthening of the blade. When used to describe a feature, it can describe fully rounded or partially rounded corners on a standard model, or a new model that comes with the feature on all variations.

    The Nuclear Meltdown title moniker is not a definition of individual set features, like LE always indicating a satin finish and numbering. Nuclear Meltdown itself should only really be used to indicate the edges themsleves, if in the title of the knife as described by Jerry himself it can be used to imply the potential for a longer edge, but does not necessarily gaurentee it.
  20. Soulrack223

    Soulrack223 Gold Member Gold Member

    May 8, 2007
    No, you could order them with Machined Scales or Hand Smoothed Scales for more money. Seems like the NMSFNOs were a Company Store release where as the NMFBMs were direct from Busse Combat but were only available for 2 weeks.

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