American Bushman

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Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Finally! Some quick pictures of the IJ Aito 1244.

This knife has a 3.5" blade and is approximately 7.5" overall. It feels light in the hand at 3.5 ounces yet substantial. And the balance point seems to be right at the brass spacer immediately behind the blade edge.

Then handles on this knife are stacked birch bark and it has an almost cork-like feel. It's grippy without feeling overly so. It seems to stay warm in cool weather but there wasn't much more of that once the knife arrived.

The shape of the handles is really well done with a swell near the center that really nestles the knife into the hand easily and naturally.

I really, really like this knife and look forward to my first real use of it. Carbon steel, traditional leather dangler sheath, birch bark handles, brass accents...what's not to like?

Thanks for reading,



At 2:22 PM, Blogger sam_acw said...

Much nicer than all those stainless and micarta ones!

At 1:46 PM, Blogger tstetzer said...

Hey, what compass is that Brian?

At 2:11 PM, Blogger American Bushman said...

That's a Suunto KB-14 sighting compass--an old one.



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