I started in the Bushclass certification right around August 5 or 6 of this year. A big part of my plan to make it work was to use the class to vet out knives along the way. I had sold a Bravo-1 in July that I sort of liked but really sort of didn't, largely because of the thumb ramp and the way the scales felt during use. It was a great fit ergonomically but the slick micarta was not really my thing. Anyhow, after doing some reading about the new ramp less Bravo, I decided I would give it a go. It's a damned fine looker. (I've used these pics in other posts here and elsewhere... Sorry nothing new in this one... :) ) I have had excellent experiences with A2 in factory knives and in customs I have made so I went with it for this one as well.
I took it in the mailing container with the factory packaging still on it during the first trip out with it.
It didn't even have a fingerprint on it and the knivesshipfree.com folks sent me exactly what I ordered. It's always a good thing when you head out with it still packed and it's the right knife... :) Like I said, it' a looker. I really didn't like the sheath when it came out of the box but I've used it a few times now and it's OK. At some point I need to make a dangler up for this one.
It came out of the box plenty sharp and I set to work on lesson 1 with it. I kept it to cedar and it handled it like a champ.
Baton performance was rock solid and I had no issues with nicks, bends, edge roll, etc. The thickness seems good for this sort of work as well.
So far, I can say it's a good knife for bush work. I've beat it a bit and pushed it some and so far, it has some scratches but no issues. I like it a good deal.
As a part of the basic class I have also used a BK2 and a BRKT Aurora 3V. Thus far, this is my fav. When I head out next to start the Intermediate process, this one is the one going with me.
A parting prep shot from outing #4... I love this thing...