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Benchmade is one of the oldest and finest knife making company….And they have made some of the well known (legendary) knives.
So in this article I’ll review one of their knife i.e Benchmade Bushcrafter 162. And i’ll cover all the good and bad aspects in detail. So that you can finally decide is it worth buying or not.
- Designed by Shane Sibert.
- Drop-point blade with polished finish.
- S30V stainless steel blade (58-60HRC).
- Hand-blended and contoured green G-10 handles with red vulcanized spacers held together with pressed titanium tubing.
- Brushed full-grain buckskin leather sheath with D-ring and flint rod loop and retention strap.
Overall Look and Fell of the Knife
The Benchmade 162 Bushcrafter is full tang fixed blade knife with an overall length of 9.20 Inches, a blade length of 4.43 inches and weighs around 7.72oz.
The blade of the knife is made up of 4.43 Inches long S30V stainless steel. It’s one of the higher quality steel. It has an outstanding edge retention quality and pretty much maintenance free as it gets. While it is harder to sharpen, its raw durability and erosion resistance property is excellent.
You can easily baton or chop wood into small pieces like an axe. And needless to say, it’s stainless steel so it will not corrode that easily. Which is a huge thing for people like me, who are extremely lazy when it comes to cleaning their tools properly.
Blade came super sharp out of the box and Benchmade went with something they call a “high-ground drop point blade”. It’s basically a modified scandi grind that has been lowered to raise the bevel closer to the spine. This is supposed to increase the edge strength of the blade. And increase its effectiveness while chopping and slicing.
Extra belly of the blade really comes in handy when doing detailed carving or skinny the game. Another good thing about the knife is its spine. Basically spine have a 90° angle so when you use a firesteel on the spine there’s no problem whatsoever. It throws sparks very effective and easily.
The only downside is that for some people it might be too steep. But basically it comes to personal preference, you actually have to feel it to know best. One thing to know that you don’t have a big choil on the knife.
Some bushcraft knives or survival knives have a big choil so you can really choke on to the knife to have a better grip. In particular choils are really made for sharpening. So you can get the sharpening stone to sharpen all the way down to the end of the blade.
The choil here is too small and drop off at the end. However the way it is designed it is not impossible but a little difficult.
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The handles are made from hand-blended and contoured green G-10 handle scales with red vulcanized spacers held together with pressed titanium tubing. Titanium tubing gives it great retention and you are not going to have the scales fall off even during heavy batoning.
The handle is quite comfortable, with a normal grip. Your fingers will rest on it’s own on the hole in the handle. And helps you to have a better grip over the knife. The construction of the handle is such that you are able to hold it in various ways depending on what you are doing in the field.
The shape of the handle is not very rounded but have a square-ish chunky feel to it. Some people like that some people don’t, it’s a personal thing so you have to take it in your hand to have a better idea. A number of people complain about the handle, especially those in the bushcraft community about hotspots.
While hotspots and comfort are definitely valid concerns. When choosing a knife that’s going to be used for long periods of time. I’ve rarely had a problem with hotspots while using this knife.
The sheath that comes with the knife is made of brushed full grain buckskin leather. There’s a retention strap to hold the knife securely inside the sheath. It also have a D ring at the top and a loop for flint rod. It is not fancy but a pretty basic sheath.
The knife fits nicely into the sheath and stays in its place securely. Due to the good retention provided by the retention strap. The sheath sits pretty high on your waist when you attach it to your belt via the belt loop.
However we do not have to face this problem when we use D ring. Now the quality of the sheath is nice but it will start to wear down as time goes by. So you have to invest in a good sheath as soon as possible. Replace it with a Kydex alternative or replace the cheap plastic insert with a better fitting piece of Kydex.
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Overall this is a good bushcraft knife by benchmade. This knife possess great durability and comfort. Although it is a bit pricey. But i think it is worth the price. If you want a heavy duty bushcraft knife then this can be good choice.
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