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Scrapyard Bowie, where can I get one?

kgriggs8

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Okay guys, I am just starting to look at these Swamprats and things. I thought they were Comando type knives or something and I wasn't interested. I saw the Scarpyard Bowie and I want one!

I had a Ranger RD-9 and I wasn't impressed at all. The quality was fine but it wouldn't really chop or slash that well. My $15 Ontario Machete put it to shame. I know the RD-9 can pry things but I am not interested in that, I was a large camping type knife that will chop like a hachet and slash like a machete. I haven't seen anything that can actually out preform my 18" Ontario machete but I know there must be something out there that will.
 
I was a large camping type knife that will chop like a hachet and slash like a machete. I haven't seen anything that can actually out preform my 18" Ontario machete but I know there must be something out there that will.

The Bowie looks to be a good chopper:thumbup:
but I don't think it will slash like a machete, too heavy for that.
Better carry both.:D
 
How heavy is it going to be? I think I heard 1/4" stock but since it is flat ground, I thought it might actually be pretty light.

The reason I wanted the Scrapyard Bowie as opposed to the Busse is because, the Busse is a LOT more money. For a knife I actually plan on using, I am not going to get a Busse. They are great knives but I am not going to put them under that much stress that I need $400 worth of blade. I was really hopeing it would be around $100 but I may be wrong.

Is there any large blade like a Busse BM only thinner that can be had for about $100? I am also thinking about the Ontario RTAK II, I had the RTAK and aside from the handle which was too large and square, I thought it was pretty good. I liked that it wasn't overally thick and heavy so I could get some speed out of it.

Am I barking up the wrong tree with Swaprat type knives if I want thin and light? Are they all really thick and heavy? That is what I didn't like about the Ranger RD-9. It would last a lifetime for sure but it just didn't work that well for what I wanted to use it for.

I am basically looking for a 12" bladed machete but a little thicker and stronger and with a point. I want to be able to cut down small trees (4-6") and to be able to clear brush and grass if needed. Right now, my 18" Ontario Machete is filling that role but I want something that can fit into a large backpack or maybe even carried on the belt. I don't want to give up preformance for size however.

Thanks.
 
I don't want to put words in their mouth, but if you look at the price of the Scrapper 6, the Camp Tramp and The Battle Rat, the Combat Grade Scrap Yard Bowie should be somewhere around $150.

Here are the specs.

Steel: SR-77 (57-59Rc)
Blade Thickness: .275" (Between 1/4" and 5/16")
Blade Length: 10"
Blade Width: 1.80" (Wider than 1 3/4")
Overall Length: 15"
Handle: Resiprene C

There will be 2 grades available. The sterile combat grade and the Satin Finished Limited Edition with logo.


It has a full flat ground blade so it will be lighter than a sabre ground blade, and it has a Resiprene-C handle so there is less weight in the handle where you don't need it.

I don't know how it will compare with a machete but it should chop very well and be lighter than that Ranger.

I don't know how well S7 or SR-77 handles bending. If one of the Busse family companies did make a large 3/16" chopper I think Infi or SR-101 might be a better steel choice.
 
I am basically looking for a 12" bladed machete but a little thicker and stronger and with a point. I want to be able to cut down small trees (4-6") and to be able to clear brush and grass if needed. Right now, my 18" Ontario Machete is filling that role but I want something that can fit into a large backpack or maybe even carried on the belt. I don't want to give up preformance for size however.

Bark River Golok is a good light weight chopper, but it's not pointy.

Still might have to carry 2 big knives for what you want,
Something strong enough for chopping down your trees
and something light and quick for snap cutting your grass and such.
A little extra weight but not bad unless your into the super-duper light-weight style, than it's a compromise.
 
I have the perfect knife for your needs, it is shorter than a machete but
the same thickness and it is nice and light. I use mine as a bush blade and with a swing at the blades sweet spot it can cut an inch of hardwood. It only costs about 30$. The Cold Steel kukuri machete is perfect so long as you can hit
the part of the blade that makes the best use of the blade shape, where it starts to get thin. The shape of the blade lets it gather a lot of speed and the blade bites exactly right. The machete version is thinner than CS's LTC or the himilayan ones so better for what you want. They have a larger magnum version but the smaller one id a better pack size.

I would guess about 175$ for the scrapper bowie but that is without a sheath so remember to budget. A big chopper is kind of like a vise grip it can do everything but not as well as a tool designed just for that type of work.
A big bowie can cut down trees but not as good as an ax. It can cut fuzzy sticks just not as well as a smaller bush knife. Thats why it is so popular with
the kind of guys who like to spend time in the bush with the least amount of gear.
 
I am thinking that the Bowie will be around 150-175...

They should be out in around 2 weeks!! :)

didnt like the Ranger?? heck I love mine...I have beaten it do death and it works great!!!

<~~will have a sheath for the scrapper Bowie! ;)
 
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