The Bushcrafter knife is designed by Shane Sibert and manufactured in the United States by Benchmade.
The tool is more than nine inches long, has nearly a 4.5 inch blade, weighs about half a pound and has a full tang. The blade is made from S30V stainless steel and green G10 fibreglass laminate comprises the handle with red vulcanized rubber spacers and titanium tubing.
It is intended for bush crafting and general outdoor tasks, but many of its design elements are considerable departures from traditional bush crafting knives.
S30V is one of my favorite stainless steels. It is a quality knife material that takes and keeps a sharp edge throughout considerable use. It is corrosion resistant, which makes it ideal for working in various moisture and weather conditions.
This kind of stainless steel is also strong and tough, which means it can tackle heavy-duty tasks without concern.
Many traditional bush crafting knives are made from carbon steels because of their strength and toughness, but S30V stainless steel can easily compete and has the added benefit of rust resistance.
Traditional bush crafting knives use a single Scandinavian style bevel, but this knife uses a high flat grind with an edge bevel, which allows the tool to cut meat and wood well without favoring one over the other.
The green G10 fibreglass laminate that makes up the handle is a synthetic material that is also tough and weather resistant. The handle surface is lightly textured to be easily graspable, even when wet. The vulcanized rubber spacers reduce felt impact and vibration when chopping.
The use of titanium tubes is a departure from bush craft handle pin convention, which allows for nontraditional lanyard and tying options.
The location and size of the knife’s palm swell sets it apart from other bush crafting knives. It is much further forward on the handle and smaller than traditional designs, which allows the user to choke up on the handle and make power cuts more easily.
However, it takes time to get used to this change.
I was impressed by the knife’s design and materials. Sibert’s design and Benchmade’s materials and manufacturing came together into a remarkable bush crafting tool.
Unfortunately, the knife came with a poorly designed leather sheath. Its materials and stitching were inadequate, and the fire steel loop would fit only one size. The sheath also came with a D-ring for carrying, which eliminated the possibility of belt carry and required the owner to use a carabineer or fabricate a dangler set-up
Considering the $200 purchase price, one expects a quality sheath.
I am pleased with my own knife after making alterations to its sheath, and I recommend that anyone interested in the Bushcrafter should handle one before making a purchase.
Kim Quintin is a Saskatoon outdoor enthusiast and knife maker. He can be reached for column content suggestions at firstname.lastname@example.org or 306-665-9687.