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NFNO Initial Impressions

Discussion in 'Busse Combat Knives' started by Aias, Sep 5, 2019.

  1. Aias


    Aug 1, 2012
    Hey Guys, It's been a while since I posted here, and just as long since I bought a new slice of bacon... but it happened, and here it is... and I am very happy. The edge is keen and relatively acute, the grind is high, and the geometry is truly perfect for this size field knife.

    Factory edge...


    And now this twisty, gnarly, section of seasoned gum... well, I think it's gum--that's what my neighbor said it was... it's been in the SoCal sun for quite some time, it's dry and very hard


    And that was waaaay too easy...


    though it did put up a fight...



    But in the end, the NFNO prevailed...


    No sign of slowing down...


    So I love the nano fusion handle; I wear large to xl gloves, and I have long and fairly wiry fingers. The fusion handle of the Battle Mistress BG was comfortable, but this one suits me better. The overall size, balance, and grind of this knife really hits the sweet spot for me... I won't mind hiking with it, and it's big enough to handle camp chores, but not so big that it gets in my way.

    Truly an excellent field knife! :thumbsup:
  2. Dangerneck

    Dangerneck Gold Member Gold Member Basic Member

    Dec 13, 2012
    Busse. Knives you swear by, not at. It's good to see a grail getting some work done. It reminds us all why we buy these exceptional knives. Sweet score, man!
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  3. Aias


    Aug 1, 2012
    Thanks! Funny thing is, I’m stripping it as I write this. I’ll update this thread when I’m done, posting the post-strip results and more use pics/ commentary.
  4. CookieRawwr

    CookieRawwr Gold Member Gold Member

    Jun 23, 2014
    I really like my nuked NFNO, and the handle fits my hands perfectly. I kind of want a second one of these in combat grade and micarta instead of the black G-10 as a user.

    Last edited: Sep 6, 2019
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    JACKMANDU Gold Member Gold Member

    Feb 10, 2019
    Thanks for sharing! I have a sage/tan canvas NFNO, that is going to be a user. I have thought about maybe stripping it too. I would really appreciate more pics after the strip. I love the feel of that canvas Nano handle. Bet the tan will look great with naked INFI!
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  6. Aias


    Aug 1, 2012
    Cool--I'm sure it will make a great user. So far, I etched the logo, stripped just the blade, and hand-sanded the decarb. I only sanded for a short while--too many other things to get done... went from 150, to 220, to 400 grit, then a quick once over with a 1500 to smooth things over. Man, I touched up the edge... and it was screaming sharp in no time. I'll likely sand it more over the weekend; not sure if I'll end up stripping the whole thing... it's just easier to maintain it this way. I like naked steel if I do food prep. Here's a pic of my progress... it's with my 'possibles' pouch and a sheath originally meant for a Tops Tracker. And--for what it's worth, the NFNO throws sparks really well off a ferro rod.

  7. Kenneth F Huls

    Kenneth F Huls Gold Member Gold Member

    Jul 11, 2012
    Do it! I stripped my very first Busse - a muddy and tan Micarta ASHBM - and it was a fantastic looking combo. I would post pics, but she is off with Josh at REK for a treatment.
    And yeah, I have a canvas (maroon) Micarta handled NFBA and yeah, I love that combo, too!
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  8. Aias


    Aug 1, 2012
    Good looking knife! And love the Spartan battle cry... though born here, I’m Greek and fluent.
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  9. Aias


    Aug 1, 2012
    Good Morning...

    The NFNO goes well with coffee too...

  10. willic

    willic Gold Member Gold Member

    May 13, 2013
    I unboxed a BIG Satin NFNO this week, from an exchange purchase... what a wonderful knife! I have a ceracoated SFNO I've been trying to strip and clean for 2+ years. The NFNO might just replace that knife! I convexed the edg, stopped her and she's ready for some action! She might replace my FSH as my everyday truck knife! Anyway, thanks for the review! I agree 100%

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  11. Aias


    Aug 1, 2012
    Cool brother, glad to hear you like it. I just took it camping this past weekend, and it handled everything, was easy on my belt, and just was a pleasure to use. I’ve had some Busses that were ground a little too thick for woodcraft, but this one is pretty close to perfect, as is. Generally, I’ve found that a ~6” blade is about perfect for hiking and camping. This one is a total winner. The only thing I’d change, is that I’d have the edge come all the way back to a small sharpening choil. The nano fusion handle is all I need to get work done. Enjoy yours!
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  12. cut it out

    cut it out Gold Member Gold Member

    Apr 11, 2010
    That’s a beauty mate. I dig it
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