Non-Scandi "Bushcraft" knives

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  1. Moses2792796

    Moses2792796

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    Jun 30, 2012
    I guess the term "Bushcraft" means different things to different people. To me it means a knife that is primarily for semi-detailed woodwork (ie. not detailed carving but not chopping and splitting firewood either), and secondarily used for various camp chores. Now most of the wood around where I live is very hard and the grain is not at all straight. I have found that I have some problems with edge rolling on scandi blades. The edge on my Mora literally folded over whilst I was making what I thought were some pretty straightforward cuts into hardwood.

    So my question is, what blades do people use for bushcraft type tasks that have more durable edge geometry than scandi grinds? At this point I'm looking towards something like a Fallkniven F1 with a convex grind.
     
  2. Mikael W

    Mikael W Gold Member Gold Member

    Apr 21, 2007
    F1 has enough edge-geometry for hardwood!

    So has a Mora, when that folded edge is gone.
    Just give Your Mora a geometry suited for hardwood and it will work perfectly!

    Regards
    Mikael
     
  3. HWF

    HWF

    Apr 1, 2012
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    All convex.
     
  4. Moses2792796

    Moses2792796

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    Jun 30, 2012
    Yes I planned on fixing my Mora and maybe modifying the edge to make it a bit more sturdy, but I recently lost it (although I think it might be in my shed somewhere) so I have an excuse to by a replacement anyway.
     
  5. Mikael W

    Mikael W Gold Member Gold Member

    Apr 21, 2007
    Absolutely!
    You do need a new knife!

    The F1 will do and I would be surpriced if the above shown Fiddleback's wouldn't work as well.
    I don't have any Fiddleback except the machete and I like that one.

    Regards
    Mikael
     
  6. Jroden5446

    Jroden5446

    Dec 20, 2009
    I've never had an issue with an O1 scandi ( top) ( or the S90V scandi -bottom) but I do like a full flat to a super thin edge in M390 ( middle)

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  7. Moses2792796

    Moses2792796

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    Jun 30, 2012
    Some beautiful knives posted so far.

    @HWF, are all those from Fiddleback Forge? They are pretty much the kind of thing I had in mind when starting this thread.
     
  8. HWF

    HWF

    Apr 1, 2012
    Yes, all Fiddlebacks.

    Left to right:

    Everyday Karda, Recluse, Bushfinger, Kephart, Hiking Buddy

    I love them all.
     
  9. 1066vik

    1066vik Gold Member Gold Member

    Nov 28, 2009
    what's your price range?
     
  10. RemyKaze

    RemyKaze

    Mar 23, 2012
    Becker BK16. Very well done knife, affordable, lets you branch into other grinds without breaking your bank, shape is suited to a lot of the tasks it would assumedlt be used for. Really awesome, perfectly sized, capable belt knife.
     
  11. ozgooner

    ozgooner

    Sep 24, 2011
    The F1 is great for what you want. Also look at Bark River knives if your budget will allow. I have a couple of Auroras and they are fantastic as an all round bushcraft knife.
     
  12. Moses2792796

    Moses2792796

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    Jun 30, 2012
    Thanks, they look like excellent blades.

    About $250 give or take. I don't plan on making the purchase for a month or so, just want to know what's out there.

    Would you say that the Aurora is the best Bark River for a bushcraft knife with a fairly sturdy edge? Are there others I should look at? I always liked the look of the Bravo 1.
     
    Last edited: Aug 11, 2013
  13. 1066vik

    1066vik Gold Member Gold Member

    Nov 28, 2009
    for $250 there are several custom makers that could meet your need.
    KFU
    Matt Tackett
    JK
    James Terrio
    Bill Akers all come quickly to mind.
    several others who submitted entries in the "bushcraft challenge" last fall.
    go check the custom knife for sale sub on the exchange.
     
  14. HardTripper

    HardTripper

    Dec 13, 2010
    With 250 to spend, your options are virtually endless. I own the F1 and I find that the grind is really steep and the blade thickens really quickly, I much prefer my BHK Bushcrafter with a ffg. I don't own one but I suggest getting on the list for a Koster Bushmaster, seems right up your alley, also Chris Berry of Big Chris Customs just made me an.awesome knife, hell make you anything you ask very affordable and he uses the latest super steels. Like I said your options are endless, I wish I could afford a Fiddleback, they aren't rare but still kinda ly grail knives.
     
  15. JBoone

    JBoone

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    Dec 30, 2012
    In my experience, convex works better for me on wood. It is more controlleable regarding the depth of cut. I find that if it bites too deep, it is easier go correct mid cut. But my experience is somewhat limited.
     
  16. cziv

    cziv

    Nov 24, 2005
    The Busse C.A.B.S, that I just sold was to be my new bushcraft knife. (Had to let her go though - long story.) Convex, Infi steel, razor sharp and enough handle to get a solid grip around it. A little more than $250 though.

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  17. Moses2792796

    Moses2792796

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    Jun 30, 2012
    Thanks for the advice, I've been keeping my eye on the custom makers lately.

    Thanks for the info, I thought this was the case, but I too don't have alot of experience in this area.
     

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