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Your favorite handle? Material, Shape, Width, and Length

Discussion in 'Busse Combat Knives' started by The Hobbiest, Apr 3, 2016.

  1. The Hobbiest

    The Hobbiest

    Mar 17, 2016
    Nothing feels better than something that is fitted for your size. I think this topic can be a fun way to champion the handles you as users prefer in shape and size as well as being a useful reference tool for those reading as to what handle might fit their size hand. The more measurements and information listed the better but as a template maybe something like this.

    1. Personal Grip Length (grab a ruler, the measurement of you palm length while gripping)
    2. Model
    3. Models Handle Material, Length, and Width (does it have a contour, etc)
    4. Type of work/use the knife does as well as the different grips to accomplish said work (does the handle allow alternate types of grips and are they comfortable, ex. choking up on choil, choke back for baton)
    5. Likes and dislikes of the handle
    6. Other comments, What you might change (chance to make your dream handle, ex. you like the models length but would prefer res c. or contoured micarta, or a softer thumb ramp, etc.)

    Right now I only have one Busse family knife (with two on order) but i'll go ahead and start just to give an example.

    1. 4 inch grip length with a short thumb
    2. Axe Hammer
    3. Grooved and countoured G-10 with slight palm swell, length-5.395 (this is of the g-10 scales not including the skull breaker pomel), width- .56 at thickest parts to .466 at thinest
    4. Multi-use camp/survival blade.
    5. Handle fits my hand size pretty well. Palm swell and hump sits naturally in my palm even when choking up on the choil. Handle shape also allows comfortable choke back grip when batoning. No hot spots felt yet. Thumb ramp is aggressive (Ratweiler like) and if choked up really high the thumb ramp can dig into my thumb muscle slightly.
    6. Versatile handle capable of being comfortable in whatever grip the task requires. Handle might seem slightly long for somebody with shorter grip length than mine but could easily handle a much longer grip (up to 5 inch I think) and still seem "fitted". Thumb ramp gives good leverage and locks grip in place but could perhaps be a bit softer (similar to a Jackmandus). That would just be a nitpick though cause for my first Busse this thing honestly feels "fitted".
  2. RussMo


    Apr 1, 2007
    Man this is one of loaded questions that it purely comes down to personal preference and that in it's own right will change with time for most people. I have had almost every model of Jerry's knives in my hands at one time or another. At one time I owned 97ea Busse, 27ea SRKW, and another 25ea SYKW and my collection at that time still paled to some on here (Jaxx, Lil-Foo, etc, etc).

    I have enjoyed the SH, Ergo, Fusion, and the later produced blades. These newer blades that have been produced in 2015 I have not held or used due to medical issue's and the need for money to stay alive.

    If I had to sit back and think of the blades I like the best and are simply the most comfortable for a general all purpose feel, well the NMSFNO, HR & it's derivatives and the AMS are my go to blades. The NMSFNO is just perfect. Took me a while to warm up to it cause when it came out I was dead set for the Ergo's and then of coarse the FSH which I must say the FSH is still the poster child of Busse blades.

    1-5.5" hilt
    3-Machine Groove Micarta
    4-same as yours except regarding the NMSFNO
    5-same as yours except regarding the NMSFNO
    6-same as yours except regarding the NMSFNO

    The really nice thing about Jerry's design skills and the craftsmanship of Jerry and the Busse people at making those designs come to fruition is that there is something for everyone. Those of us with large hands and those with small and those who like slicers and those who like choppers, Ha it's all good!!!
    Last edited: Apr 3, 2016
  3. zombieassassin

    zombieassassin Gold Member Gold Member

    Feb 1, 2015
    I personally love the magnum TGLB scales and have recently developed a love for Res-C.
  4. legaleagle


    Apr 26, 2010
    easy: ResC
  5. PA Trout

    PA Trout Gold Member Gold Member

    Apr 6, 2015
    Res-C... specifically the Regulator handle. The most ergonomic handle shape and material that I've ever used.
  6. The Hobbiest

    The Hobbiest

    Mar 17, 2016
    Yes, it's definitely a loaded question weighted in personal preference. When answered with experiences and facts though it's a good way to get a reflection of the positive qualities of the wide range and sizes of handles Busse and family offer for your hand size. The wide range of handle/butte designs offered over the knife/sword/axe options are part of the appeal and excitement that come with every old design and new release. The wider range of ownership/experience the better but all info contributed is appreciated.

    I can see how Res C has it's fans. The handles generally seem to have a universal shape across the whole handle. My brothers A1 with similar type material is very comfortable in grip and use as well.
  7. tinfoil hat timmy

    tinfoil hat timmy Gold Member Gold Member

    Aug 21, 2014
    I love my Ergo Mistress LE handle. A also thought I loved my SteelHeart Ergo handle. The non LE spine hump was way too fat. So, I traced the three type handles aside from Ergo that I had, one over the other. Resc, straight handle, fusion and Basic.

    After tracing the Ergo handle over these in a different color, I quickly found what WASNT working with it.

    Anyhow. A couple minutes on a hf1x30 later and I'm looking at the comfiest knife I've ever held. It feels a LOT like a full tang basic to tell the truth, but there is some fusion love there as well. I'll try to find the pics of my project and post up.

    For sure the finished blade handle.

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