American Bushman

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Wednesday, October 29, 2008

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,



At 8:06 AM, Anonymous George Hedgepeth said...

is a real good tool, and I really like that second photo!

At 8:18 AM, Blogger American Bushman said...

Thanks George.

I think this knife is going to be quite a cutter based on the blade thickness and geometry.


At 3:45 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well, it looks like you have had the Boral for almost one yaer. What do you think of it?


At 3:50 PM, Blogger American Bushman said...


I LOVE it! I was just talking to Abe about it today on the phone.

The 1/8" thick blade is a real slicer and the handle is super comfortable in a variety of hand positions.

The edge on this thing...*shudder* ...I don't have words to describe it accurately...

Thanks for your comment,



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