In March of 2012, Benchmade called on their talented in-house knife designer, outdoor enthusiast Shane Sibert, to help create Benchmade's first ever bushcraft knife -- the 162 Bushcrafter. Basically, the Benchmade Bushcrafter is a 21st century version of a bushcraft knife. In fact, it might not be too much of a stretch to consider the Benchmade Bushcrafter a “Tactical Bushcraft” knife.
Bushcraft is an increasingly popular trend that takes ancient survival skills, and blends them with modern day wilderness survival techniques. The origin if the word comes from skills used in the bush country of Australia and South Africa, and dates back at least a couple of hundred years. Today, it’s most often associated with a diverse set of survival techniques including modern wilderness survival skills, primitive tool making with natural materials, and the use of modern tools like knives and axes.
The 162 Bushcraft Knife is Benchmade’s first foray into the Bushcraft world. It’s a fixed blade knife that’s a real workhorse, and a definite positive edition to the community. Bushcraft really requires a different kind of knife, one that can hold up under the constant use and abuse it will face out in the field. Milled from a solid billet of premium CPM S30V Stainless and patterned after Sibert's own custom Cascadia Bushcrafter Knife, the 162 is simply gorgeous.The Bushcrafter features sturdy full tang construction, a 4.4" long cutting edge, and a blade style that Benchmade calls a "high-ground drop point blade." CPM-S30V is an American-made and developed premium grade stainless steel created especially for knives. It is a powder-made steel with a uniform carbide distribution and clean steel properties. As a blade material, it offers excellent corrosion resistance and superb edge qualities.
Although the Bushcrafter doesn't have a scandi grind like most bushcraft knives, Sibert worked directly with Benchmade's engineering team to ensure that the edge was suitably thin before the sharpening process, then added a secondary bevel to it. This results in an edge that, according to Sibert, "increases edge strength over a scandi grind, while still being super sharp." The handle scales are molded G-10, and are held in place with flared titanium tubing. According to Sibert, the flared tubing helps to squeeze the handle against the tang, preventing separation during laterally applied force.These hollow tubes also provide excellent lashing points to turn the Bushcrafter into a spear, machete, or pruning pole to reach fruits and nuts on high tree branches. The addition of red spacers is a really nice touch, and provides a pleasing contrast between the handle and the tang.The Bushcrafter comes with an attractive, buckskin leather sheath with an attached firesteel loop. The knife is held in place with a leather strap which is secured with a metal button snap, and a D-ring is built into the sheath to attach an aftermarket dangler if desired.
SpecificationsOverall Length: 9.15"
Blade Length: 4.43"
Blade Thickness: 0.164"
Blade Material: CPM-S30V
Blade Hardness: 58-60 HRC
Blade Style: High Ground Drop-Point
Handle Material: G-10
Handle Thickness: 0.920"
Handle Length: 4.77"
Handle Color: Green
Weight: 7.72 oz.
Made in the USA
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