sal wrote:Hi Araneae,
True Bushcraft knives are far more complicated than just drawing a picture. Do you mean a Scandi grind? We're open to opinions on sheaths? Material? Style?
We probably wouldn't use 420HC, but we'll consider the design.
I know you didn't ask my opinion but I thought maybe I would give you my $.02 on what a Byrd bushcrafting knife would be nice to have. (this and a Byrd flipper would be my favorites!)
- A Scandi grind has stood the test of time, and for good reason. It is very popular, but also a FFG would also probably work pretty well. I would be happy with either so it might just be best to go with whatever is less expensive to produce in the spirit of making as much of a budget knife as possible.
- The blade shape of the original Spyderco Bushcraft is a good shape but I would like to see the spine perfectly straight all the way to the tip to allow more belly at the tip.
- Also a sharp cornered spine to throw sparks on a ferro rod is popular. I have never needed it but some like the option so no reason not to have it unless it will add to the cost.
- Although I personally would like a 5 inch blade, the 4 inch blade is universally accepted as the ideal blade length.
- Blade steel is a bit tricky, high corrosion resistance is a must-have for me and for most of the guys I have talked to (in person) about the matter. After corrosion resistance, a good mix of edge retention and ease of sharpening are the attributes most valued. Is CTS BD-1 falling into this category? I know it is being used by the Byrd line already but I do not have any experience putting that steel to the test.
- Handle material would like to be something that has good traction even with gloves on and would not transfer heat out of a bare hand in cold weather. I think FRN would fit this bill but I know the molds to make the handles are expensive and many blades would have to be sold in order to keep the cost down as a budget knife.
- Handle color (and perhaps sheath color) is a sore spot for me. Anyone who has ever been out in leaf litter in a northern Wisconsin autumn knows that red and orange are not as "hi-vis" as they claim to be. Some guys want a dark or tactical colored knife and I get that. Me? I want a neon blue or a hot pink or even a bright purple or teal. Something that will stand out and allow me to not lose the knife in the red,orange,yellow,green,brown, and blacks of the woods. I am probably the odd one for not wanting a 'manly" colored knife but I would rather have a bright knife than lose my knife.
- Sheathes for a budget knife can be the place to cut costs. I have never had a fixed blade that I used the original sheath and attached it to my belt. Normally the knife is sheathed and strapped to my pack (or inside my pack). A knife is not for defense, my gun is, so the knife does not need to be within reach at all times. If I am going to carry the knife in any other fashion I will get a sheath specially made for scout carry or thigh carry. Having said all that, really the sheath just needs to have good retention and not allow any rattling. YMMY but for me a sheath is just something to cover the blade until I need it.
- Prefer the sheath color to be the same color as the handle if it a highly visible color.
I hope that maybe helps in some way!
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