American Bushman

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Friday, February 18, 2011

Swamp Rat Rodent Solution

I got this knife in from Swamp Rat the other day and have been using it quite a bit around the house. They don't ship with a sheath so this one's only being protected by a cardboard sleeve and will be off to see the sheathmaker in due time.

Up first, some specs:
Steel: SR101
Handle: Tan Canvas Micarta
blade length: 3 5/8" (tip to front of handle scale)
Overall length: 8 1/4"
Thickness: 3/16"
Weight: 6.45 oz.

The handle scales are subtly textured so the knife remains grippy when wet but not so much that it needs sanding to prevent blisters and hot spots.

The knife rests comfortably in my hand and the rounded butt-end makes moving the handle around easy and comfortable.

Now, kitchen duty isn't really a full-on test of a knife like this so it'll have to get outdoors before getting the final stamp of approval but, for what it's done so far, it has done everything very well, the edge has held up to a week of light use, and I still look forward to using it so it certainly has some things going for it.

A big part of this test will be knocking the edge off and putting a new one on. Everything I've heard about SR101 (modified 52100?) is that it's HARD. If it takes and holds an edge nearly forever, that means that putting a new edge on will be a bit of work. Fortunately it shipped very sharp and I'm happy to use it as-is for a while before worrying about sharpening.

I've got more cell phone pictures that I'll get uploaded for you as soon as I get them off my phone. These include in-hand shots, a spine shot, and more.

Thanks for reading,



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