What bushcraft knife do you use?

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What knives are everyone using these days?
What knives do you recommend for bushcraft and why?

Feel free to share pictures and details of your knives!

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Adventure Sworn Field Grade Mountaineer mostly:

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The knife I currently use for just about everything around camp, and one I would most wholeheartedly recommend, is a Fiddleback Forge Bushfinger in O1. It's a hand-made knife, so it's not as cheap as most, but I have yet to feel the need to use any other knife around camp. I have a couple choppers that I rotate through, but this one has been with me since I got it.

these pics are from two of my most recent expeditions, it's a hard knife to photograph.

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Benchmade 162 has become my favorite knife lately, I like the s30v for edge retention. The blade ergonomics are the best I have found. I have a few bushcraft knives including an LT wright genisis and find the benchmade my go to more often than not.


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Some of my favorites are:

Fiddleback forge kephart, really love this knife and blade style.

Bark river litenbror. In 3v

Bark river gunny hunter carbon fiber handle in 3v

Mora bushcrafter

Bark river aurora in 3v. Wish I never sold it.
 
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I've continuously been impressed with Moras for their performance, let alone their price point. If I bring along a larger tool (saw, hatchet, big knife, etc), the Mora gets most of the use. Given, most of my use is wood/firecraft, so it excels at that.

The other one I've quite liked is the BK16. Its got great ergos (could use larger handle scales though if you've got large hands), is robust enough, but not so much that it overly affects performance (its 5/32in thick, and a FFG). The low price lets you customize the bits you might want to change. It is a very well designed well rounded blade.
 

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Falkniven S1 - if the handle were just a bit thicker it would be the perfect knife for me.

Becker BK15 - same issue as the Falkniven.

Don't use them that often so I can live with the thinner handles.
 
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Becker BK16 with micarta handles. Good all-around knife. I have others, but that is the one I use the most.
 

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Falkniven S1 - if the handle were just a bit thicker it would be the perfect knife for me.

Becker BK15 - same issue as the Falkniven.

Don't use them that often so I can live with the thinner handles.

I've seen many Becker owners add liners underneath their stock scales to increase the thickness of the handle, you could try that maybe? The Becker tweeters are great knives, would be sad to see one used less because of one potentially fixable issue.
 

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I generally grab either my Kabar Becker BK-15 or Dozier Pro Guides knife for a fixed blade and my SAK.
 

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I've seen many Becker owners add liners underneath their stock scales to increase the thickness of the handle, you could try that maybe? The Becker tweeters are great knives, would be sad to see one used less because of one potentially fixable issue.

This ^^
Also, the becker micarta adds a little extra width (about the same as liners on the stock scales).

edit - forgot the OP's question
bk15 for me (with micarta)
 
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What knives are everyone using these days?
What knives do you recommend for bushcraft and why?

Feel free to share pictures and details of your knives!

Thanks


You might want to check out this great thread in the Outdoors sub-forum.
http://www.bladeforums.com/forums/showthread.php/708156-Post-up-your-4-5-quot-Bushcraft-blades

Not sure what is meant by "bushcrafting" really. But here are some of the knives I use and why..

Wood knives by Pinnah, on Flickr

For car camping, I use a modified Schrade H-15 (2nd from the left). It has a very thin, convexed saber grind. It's thin enough to handle food prep like cutting potatoes for foil dinners, the convex saber grind batons kindling well and the large grip and convexed edge makes shavings with authority.

On some backpacking trips, I take the Mora Companion (furthest to the left). I've fully convexed the blade, as I just don't care for a so-called pure Scandi grind. It's not a good knife for slicing potatoes, but realistically food prep while backpacking is about peanut butter, hard salami and cheese and the Companion is fine for that. It does split and carve wood the best of any knife I have and the handle is very comfortable for me. I'll take that backpacking over the Schrade, just due to the weight.

Speaking of weight, I take the Opinel 10 (2nd from the right) backpacking 90% of the time just due to the light weight. It's the toughest folder I've used and will nearly everything the Companion will do, just not quite as well. It can make feather sticks and baton kindling (just keep the lock disengaged) but just not as well as the Companion.

But realistically, I rarely make fires when in the backcountry and when I do, it's usually limited to feeding my Emberlit stove. I hike primarily in the White MTs of NH, a place that gets more visitors a year than Yellowstone and Yosemite combined. So, I try to minimize fire making.
 

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Casström No.10 Swedish Forest Knife scandi grind in 02 steel & masur birch handle.


1234,,,:)
 

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I got this Bravo 1 about a month ago, but it hasn't seen much hard use so far. Usually in the Fall & Winter is when my bushcrafter knives get the most use.
 

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What bushcraft knife do you use?

Whatever found its way to my hand during my excursions.
 

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Benchmade 162 for me.

It is not a bushcraft blade but I would go with a Survive! GSO over the 162 if I could. Not that the 162 is bad but, the GSO is much, much better, IMO. I would also consider a Hess Tiburon. Great knife for the money.
 

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The knife I currently use for just about everything around camp, and one I would most wholeheartedly recommend, is a Fiddleback Forge Bushfinger in O1. It's a hand-made knife, so it's not as cheap as most, but I have yet to feel the need to use any other knife around camp. I have a couple choppers that I rotate through, but this one has been with me since I got it.

these pics are from two of my most recent expeditions, it's a hard knife to photograph.

O48fcxQh.jpg


1rXnEsBh.jpg

The only thing I disagree with in this entire post is the beer choice:D!

Fiddleback Forge Bushfinger is an amazing knife for all your Bushcraft needs!
 
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Mora companion or becker bk16 usually see the most time. I got an enzo trapper a while ago but have yet to really use it. Made a few fires with it now, but that's all. I also get out into the woods more in the fall/winter months.
 
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My EDC wherever I am and whatever the occaision, is a Leatherman Wave. A horizontal belt sheath disappears wearing jeans or tuxedo. There may be something better for whatever job presents its self, but a wise man once told me, "A bird in the hand is worth two if ny sea". Well that was last summer in Colorado, so . . . .But you see my point.

When a straight knife is needed, and I am "in-the-field', my belt knife is an old Olsen from the mid 1960s; 4' Solingen carbonsteel blade with rat-tail tang in a stag handle (think its actiually plastic). An old friend. Never had to do anything eally rough with it.

Our son took a Chris Reeve "Green Beret" knife to Iraq in the early 2Ks. The blade then was 7" of S30V steel. The current model has S35VN I think, still with green canvass Mikarta slabs screwed to a full width tang. In the field it hacked thick plexiglass and dug a hole once. It got lost somehow and he never gave a believable story. His back-up knife then was a Randall #16-1 "Special Fighter". Arguably a higher-end knife though he felt the CRK was tougher. In 2003 the cost was about the same for both, He just felt that it wasn't quite as tough. Well—he wasn't at deer-camp, right?.

The Randall wore well on a drop-leg sheath just behind his pistol or on a plate carrier. Said it did a good job opening MRE packs, and got envious attention when used to point out important stuff on a map table.
 
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