I ordered the Bushcrafter first because I wanted it to work really badly. If you ever get to watch Mors Kochanski's videos on what he feels makes up a good knife ( and you think he knows what he is talking about...) the appeal of the Bushceafter becomes pretty obvious. I made 1 trip with it and then made no more. I sold it the next day. That knife is not for me. While well made, the grip is not something I liked and the blade geometry was not really what I wanted to deal with. Good knife, not for me. Then I ordered a Gunny from knivesshipfree.com.
|My A2 / Antique Micarta Gunny|
Since it arrived I have taken it on 5 or 6 trips into the bush. I have completed a few challenges / class things with it over on BCUSA including the 3x Prep exercise of the Hardwoodsman's challenge and the five splitwood fire requirements of the Intermediate bushclass cert.
|A Fire Prep Example|
I've used knives, both custom and other, that cost a good deal more than this little blade and carried much more "forum cred" with the "experts". I have to say, this is one of the best blades I have used... including other models from Bark River. If you are in the market for a good field knife that won't break the bank, is pretty damned tough, and not so big as to get in the way... I suggest this one.
Here's the me and the Gunny doing the 3x prep thing for the Hardwoodsman Challenge if you want to see it. Admittedly I'm not driving it into rocks and standing on it but I think you get the idea. It can take some working without much issue...
I guess one final note of endorsement goes like this. I liked this knife so much that I decided to buy a second one. I have absolute faith in the Bark River warranty for these knives so I know they will fix whatever I break but I didn't want to be in a spot where I didn't have one to use... #2 is a Ghost Green Jade handle... very nice. Anyhow, thanks for reading along and feel free to hit me up with any questions.