American Bushman

"If you would not be forgotten as soon as you are dead, either write things worth reading or do things worth writing." —Benjamin Franklin

Monday, March 10, 2008

Koster Bush Master

I had an opportunity to participate in a pass-around on the new Koster Knives Bush Master.

Some statistics of the two knives before I get started with some testing, pictures, and final analysis.


  • Natural Canvas Micarta Handles

  • Full tang

  • 221 g / 7.8 oz.

  • 9 7/8" OAL

  • 5" Handle

  • 4 7/8" Front of scale to tip

  • 188" thick at front of scale

  • .727" thick at butt end

Bushmaster T(apered):

  • Desert Ironwood Handles

  • Tapered Tang

  • 199 g / 7 oz.

  • 9 7/8" OAL

  • 4 7/8" Handle

  • 5" Front of scale to tip

  • .184" thick at front of scale

  • .822" thick at butt end

First impression:
These knives are totally awesome. Not just an upsized Bushcraft knife but a whole new animal.

The balance point on the Bushmaster T is right at the forward lanyard hole and on the Bushmaster is at the forward pin about .5" further back.

Both knives have the forged finish on the flats and polished bevels with nicely etched logos on one side and the word "PROTOTYPE" on the other.

I'll try to get a few in-hand pictures taken and posted still tonight and tomorrow I hope to get out for a bit of testing. I'll also make sure to get a few pictures next to the Bushcraft so you can have a better idea of the scale on this knife.

Final first thought:
I'd order one of the natural canvas micarta full-tang versions right now if Dan were to offer it. That's without using it.

See you in a bit,



At 5:31 PM, Blogger Stephen Renico said...


The link doesn't work. It takes you right to the sign-in/register page.

At 5:58 PM, Blogger American Bushman said...

Thanks for letting me know Stephen.

I've fixed it for the time being.

Lots of UBB to HTML conversion ahead today...


Thanks again,


At 8:27 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

brother i enjoy your words of wisdom so much. every day its my coffe and the american bushman. just quit slackin LOL i need something new every day .

At 11:04 AM, Blogger American Bushman said...

Wow! Coffee then me huh? Well thank you. :)

I've got some more interesting stuff coming including a 3-day plant intensive with Briar Patch at the end of May.

I'm working on getting a family campout going here in the village where we can teach the kids some basic skills and maybe even hand out some gear.

With the break in the weather I hope to get out for a few overnights with Laura and Jake. Even if it's only on the screened porch we're still not technically in the house right? :)

Thanks for your comment,


At 4:03 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Do you know the type of steel used in the bottom Kostner knife in the picture?
Excellent blog my friend (y)

At 4:12 PM, Blogger American Bushman said...

The smaller one? Yes, it's O1.

Thanks for your inquiry,



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