Diving Sparrow Boreal Bushcraft
I'm putting up the Diving Sparrow Knife Works Sparrow Special to give another Diving Sparrow blade my attention. This is Abe Elias's Boreal Bushcraft and it's made of 1/8" thick 1095 with green canvas micarta handle scales and red liners.
Coming in at 7.25 oz. (205g) at 9.5" OAL and 4.5" from the front of the handle scales to the tip this is a svelte slicer capable of a great deal I suspect. I've paired it with my Gransfors Bruks Small Forest Axe and will keep these two together throughout the testing process.
The Boreal is part of Diving Sparrow's Bushcraft Line and Abe makes them in both Carbon and Stainless Steel with your choice of handle material. His base models come in 1095 or ATS-34 and so far his heat treat on the Sparrow Special (1095) has been spot on. It holds a great edge and easily sharpens up with basic sharpening equipment (i.e. non-diamond stones.)
The spine on the Boreal is nicely squared and throws massive sparks from a firesteel and the knife came wicked sharp from the maker.
The handle is contoured subtly but the contour makes the handle extremely comfortable and if it's anything like the Sparrow Special it'll be well suited to longer working periods.
I'm genuinely looking forward to putting the Diving Sparrow Boreal through its paces in the coming weeks and months.
Thanks for reading,