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About the product
Originally a pure survival knife, the World's foremost explosive ordnance technicians saw the value in this also as a knife for cutting plastic explosives and helped to modify the design to suit their needs. Made in USA.

Designer: Shane Sibert
Mechanism: Fixed
Action: Fixed Blade
Blade Steel: CPM-S30V (58-60 HRC)
Blade Length: 4.40" (11.18cm)
Blade Thickness: 0.164" (4.17mm)
Overall Length: 9.15" (23.24cm)
Handle Thickness: 0.92" (23.37mm)
Weight: 7.72oz. (218.86g)
Sheath Weight: 1.86oz. (52.73g)

Green and red contoured G10 handle
Sheath Weight: 2.70oz. (76.54g)

Sand contoured G10 handle
Sheath Weight: 1.86oz. (52.73g)
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Blade Edge Plain
Blade Finish/Color Satin
Blade Style/Shape Drop-point
Clip Type Belt loop
Clip Position N/A
Glass Breaker No
Lanyard Hole No
MOLLE Compatible No
Sheath Type Leather
Use Outdoor, Survival

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A review from: Todd
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I was very shocked at how comfortable this knife is in hand. Extremely comfortable, fits the hand well, lightweight and solid. The spine was very sharp for striking Ferrocerium Rods. I’ll be the odd guy out and say I loved the sheath. I saw before purchasing it did not come with a dangler so I researched and found a distributor. Mine right out of the box was very sharp. Beautiful knife. This appears to be a very sturdy knife that I will confidently pass on to my kids as one they’ll enjoy for additional generations.
A review from: Brian
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i just received the knife and haven't used it yet, but i have other bushcraft knives. i have been looking for a high end bushcraft/hunting knife and i thought this would be a good choice. i like the knife, its thick and the saber grind is more suited to what i want to use it for (compared to a scandi). my complaint is with the sheath. it has a dangler loop but no dangler, why would you do that? the extra leather might be a few bucks and with the loop it has you could fold down if you didn't want to use it. i am left handed and benchmade doesn't have an option for a left handed sheath. i called customer service and there is nothing they can do. several of the other companies that make bushcraft knives accommodate left handers (ltwright, barkriver, ...) they understand that this is annoying and they will do something to help you out. you should do this too benchmade! there is nothing worse than spending almost $200 on a knife and opening the box and instantly being annoyed. benchmade makes knives for military and police, so i don't see how they haven't done something to solve this problem already (cold steel's fixed blade sheaths are ambidextrous).i also think the size of the sheath will make getting it in/out more annoying than a pouch style sheath. this is not my first bad experience with a behcmade sheath either. i recently sold a saddle mountain skinner. the SMK had a kydex sheath that had a retention problem and the belt loop was made of kydex, leather would be a better choice. i am starting to think that sheaths for behchmade knives are an after thought. i live in florida and that played a big role in buying this knife, stainless steel over chemical coated carbon steel. i am not sure i will keep this knife or not, not looking foward to the money i would have to spend to get a sheath that works for me.
A review from: Zach
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The knife is one of my favorites I have ever owned! The sheath is garbage.
A review from: Ryan
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On all my adventures I pack this blade knowing that it could help save my life. It is easy to maintain, very sturdy, used to craft, skin, hunt, and defend. I think that it is very handsome and will be something I pass down to my son, and hope it lasts for generations.
A review from: Nick
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The knife is everything it is supposed to be. It's a great blade. Unfortunately, the leather sheath can fail to retain the knife. While backpacking, I secure the sheath to the outside of my pack. At the conclusion of my last trip, I noticed the knife was not in the sheath even while the snap/strap was still secured! Very unfortunate as this was by far my best knife. It was in the sheath when packing up for the return journey, but must have fallen out during the hike out. I suggest being cautious with this sheath or using an alternative that may better retain the knife.
A review from: Luke
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This is a knife with some heft to it. It’s a big knife that is balanced so well that you don’t notice the weight. The steel is excellent, takes a razor sharp edge and holds it for a long time. The handle ergonomics are very comfortable in my medium to large hand. The beauty of these design features hits you the first time you take the blade out to work. The comfort in the handle, balance, ultra sharp edge, and the weight all work seamlessly together. This knife will do anything you ask of it. Carving, cutting, dressing out game, camp making, even food prep. This guy has the nimble feel of a smaller knife, but performs like a heavy weight.
I love this knife. It’s on my hip everyday. Am about to order my second one to put in my bug out bag
A review from: Phillip
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I gifted off another popular knife to replace it with this one. I love the fattened, articulated portion on the back of the handle because it allows me to shop down moderate sized branches and probably even a small standing dead wood, now only if I can teach myself to light a fire with a flint rod, ha ha!
A review from: Patrick
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This knife will accomplish every task at hand in the outdoors weather your hunting mountaineering or camping . Very tough and very sharp holding an edge through a lot of use. The only downfall is the sheath the belt loop is way to loose and the knife does not stay secure in the sheath rather loose all the way around. other than that the knife is ready for anything.
A review from: Joel
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Went to Cabela's to buy a Saddle Mountain Skinner. Came home with the Bushcrafter EOD. Better overall fit in my hand and more knife for the money in my opinion. First time buyer of a Benchmade product. Heard great stuff about the S30V steel and the Benchmade reputation. I will be using this knife for hunting, camping, and fishing.
A review from: Mike
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Have a good look at the knife you are buying, not just the one in the display case. I bought my Bushcrafter at a store, once I got it home and opened the box I saw that the handle was not manufactured straight, the front of the handle isn't parallel with the spine of the handle. I talked to a Benchmade customer service rep about the uneven handle and was given authorization and a UPS label to send it in. I sent it in to Benchmade unused so they could have a look at the workmanship. I got the knife and service report back, Benchmade had sharpened the blade without looking at the handle.

Functionally the knife is fine and from other Benchmade knives I own, I know that the S30V steel holds a good edge. It's just disappointing and unexpected to have a defect like this on a knife from Benchmade.

I returned to the store where I bought it and they wouldn't exchange it without my receipt, so now I have a knife that is perfectly functional, but I notice the defect every time I look at it or hold it.
A review from: Richard
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I've owned this knife for about four years now I think. I've given it plenty of use and sharpened it just once with a touch up after every hard use. So here are my impressions:

The good:
The fit and finish is perfect. The blade is a hefty slab of S30v with a sabre grind. Full tang. I've actually used this as both an all around camp/outdoor knife as well as a hunting knife. It performs perfectly at both. I don't need to say much about S30v steel. It holds an edge. It sharpens fairly easy (the key is not to let it get dull in the first place, just touch it up after use with a fine stone and strop). It is extremely rust resistant. Almost the perfect blade steel for durability and sharpening. The G10 handle is durable with a good non slip grip.

The not so good:
The handle is not perfect ergonomically. It does have some hot spot prone aspects to it. I bought this knife before they had a Kydex sheath option, just leather. The sheath is less than stellar. I had to fashion a plastic insert on the cutting edge side to keep the knife from slicing the sheath. After that I've never had to worry about cutting the leather. None of the above is a deal breaker though.

When all is said and done, I would trust my safety in the wild with this knife. That's what matters to me. It's with out question a solid, durable knife with high quality stainless steel that can take some abuse if need be. Okay, some think it's expensive (and maybe it is) but I think it's proportional to it's value. Add in that Benchmade customer service is second to none, and your getting some bang for your buck. I completely recommend this knife to any outdoorsman.
A review from: Bombero13
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Love this knife! Great weight and blade metal holds an edge almost forever. Took this knife when new on a Wyoming hunt and field dressed/skinned/quartered five deer, and it was still shaving sharp! Super easy to clean also, mine still looks brand new after three years and 12 animals.
A review from: Dennis
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This is a super overall knife big enough for tough chores and nimble enough for even detail work. Used to field dress deer then skin. Holds a super sharp edge
A review from: Aaron
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I bought this knife to keep in an emergency pack. But i also you it almost daily. I've processed fire wood with it for practicing lighting fire without a lighter of fuel source. So i cook on my grill almost everyday, and use it to get the kindling ready for the fire. It batons wood like a champ. and the blade is super sharp and at almost 3/16 thick it's awesome at making feather stick and the spine works very well for making fine fibers, and striking a ferro rod. It's a solid knife, you won't be disappointed
A review from: Al.
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This is an excellent blade. Durable handle, good looks, great customer service. It's a slab of S30V steel; give it a convex edge and you're set. Done and done.
A review from: DeckApe
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I am a very picky when it comes to my survival equipment. I could afford any knife I wanted. I did a lot of resurch before I picked the Benchmade Bushcrafter and have absolutely no regrets.
A review from: JM
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I really wanted to like this knife out of the box, and while I do, there are some things that could be improved upon and other items that should have been removed. My rating and review consider both the knife and sheath.

The blade was sharp out of the box, but most high-end knives are, a good thing. I like the knife, it has a good feel in the hand, well balanced. I don't really care for the curved spine. I also wish this particular model had a slightly longer blade, an extra inch or so would make it better at batoning dead-fall when you leave your axe at home. I'm also not impressed with the spine not holding it's edge up against Swedish fire-steel. It sort of folds or rolls after striking a few times. Blade keeps an edge well, and with a decent field sharpener I can keep it sharp anywhere under most circumstances. Good camp knife for basic tasks, chopping and delimbing, feathering and light splitting. Cuts food well, and doesn't leave a metallic taste in the food.

Now onto the sheath, my first question is why give a d-ring without a dangler? I can pick one up online anywhere from $5 to $25 so why not just include one? The handle sits high on the belt or hip, and so a dangler is required so it doesn't interfere with shirt or pack straps. I appreciate the leather addition, but it would have been better if more care had been put into its preparation. The rivets are just OK, the stitching feels flimsy, leaving me to wonder if they will swell or break when wet. I don't know, haven't tried it in the rain yet. A saving grace is the addition of the firesteel loop.

I really like the blade, but I don't think the sheath is worthy of the knife, it looks nice by feels hastily assembled, more though could have gone into the preparation of this essential safety hardware.

I will keep and recommend the knife, but am looking for a different sheath in the future.
A review from: Francis
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Great knife. Leather sheath is not worthy of such a good knife. Kydex inserts positioned the wrong way leaving sheath to be cut by sharpened knife blade.Sheath construction out of much heavier leather would be much better,and properly place kydex inserts to prevent cutting by knife blade. Omit the D ring unless new sheath as specified above . Current leather sheath D ring is of no use. Blade steel is great. Used knife to cut some old 1" poly rope that had been out in the Louisiana sun for a couple weeks. Tough cutting but the knife did the job. Send me a e-mail regarding the kydex sheath for this knife please. Would like to get one. Respectfully Frank Shemack
A review from: Daniel
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I ordered the green G10 version that came with the leather sheath. I also wanted to try the Kydex sheath so I went ahead and ordered that too. I wanted to wait on writing this review until I've had ample time to get out and use this knife a lot. I don't believe in writing reviews of products you're not intimately familiar with! After using this knife to perform a multitude of tasks such as: carving tent pegs, feather sticks, try sticks, Arapuca bird traps, figure 4 dead falls, shelter craft, cooking tripods, frog gigs, walking sticks, bow drill kits, spoons, batoning saplings, processing firewood, cutting fruit and vegetables, and the list goes on.... This is what I've found.

-Benchmade's customer service is outstanding! I've never come across a company with such professionalism and willingness to make their customers happy! Well done everyone at Benchamde! Well done!

-Both the Kydex and leather sheaths were very well made. Fit and finish were spot on. The Kydex sheath was initially rather difficult to extract the knife, but loosened to a perfect snug fit with some use. The leather sheath works well, but isn't my first choice of style. I would have much rather a deep carry leather sheath with no retention strap. I've found the leather retention strap on this sheath is often always in the path of the blade when extracting or returning the blade to the sheath. I believe it will only be a matter of time before the retention strap gets cut. I also didn't really understand Benchmade's choice to add a danger D-ring, but not supply the actually leather dangler loop. Really peculiar to me. I do however think the added integrated firesteel loop was a very nice touch! Another thing to note is that the inside of the leather sheath is lined with a taco style piece of Kydex to both protect the sheath, and retain the sheaths shape, however the piece of taco formed Kydex is oriented so there is no Kydex preventing the blade from cutting the leather welt... I think they should have reversed it so the opening of the taco fold was at the spine of the knife seeing as the spine won't cut anything.

-Fit and finish were absolutely perfect. Both the primary and second grinds were perfectly symmetrical. The spine came with a perfect, sharp 90 degree bevel capable of throwing beautiful sparks from a ferro rod. The G10 handles were ground perfectly symmetrical and were elegantly refined with titanium tubular rivets that added a nice bit of flair to an already eye catching knife. The eye-catching green G10 handle scales are also well complimented with deep red liners and ground flush with the tang to absolute perfection. Rubbing my finger around the grip where the scales meet the tang feels like glass! Nice job Benchmade! Certainly some of the best fit & finish I've ever come across! I absolutely love it when a company pays that extra attention to detail like this!

-The handle design is probably my least favorite part about the knife quite honestly. After getting some serious dirt time with this knife, I've really come to resent a few things regarding the grip. First, I think the grip is much too blocky and creates hot spots on the hand up where the user's thumb meets the corner of the grip. This is only amplified by the fact that the handle flares at the front as well; a poor choice in my honest opinion. If you are going to design a knife with a swell in the handle, the best place to put it would be the middle of the grip, and if not there, then the pommel, but certainly not the front. This design flaw quickly leads to hot spots and discomfort. I also didn't care for the hook shape at the pommel of handle. This design feature severely limits the number of ways the user can hold the knife which is bad for a bushcrafting blade. It's nearly impossible to effectively use this knife in a chest-lever grip. I've also found that the handle doesn't leave much to spare as far as room on the grip goes since it has the pommel hook. Men with larger hands may find their hand rather cramped while using this knife. I think this knife could be made much better with no hook in the pommel, an oval or round handle cross-section instead of a squared one, and either a SLIGHT central palm swell, or no palm swell at all... Think "LT WRIGHT Genesis, or Diving Sparrow Knife Works handles, or even Mora Handles. These are all ergonomically far superior to the Bushcrafter's handle design when it comes to comfort. Overall, I'm just not a fan of the Bushcrafter's handle design, however the fit & finish were executed perfectly! I would be very interested to see what Benchmade could execute with a more ergonomic handle design!

-Blade steel is far superior to anything else I own! CPM S30V is just a ridiculous steel! And I mean that in a good way! Being somewhat close to the ocean living in Massachusetts, I actually kind of enjoy the choice of stainless steel over the normal carbon variety. While I really enjoy a trusty carbon steel blade, I've found that carbon steel imparts a rather nasty taste to any food cut with it. For this reason I always prefer my food prep blades to be stainless steel. And let's face it, I'm probably never going to need my blade to strike sparks from a rock for a flint & steel fire anyways. Besides, you need char cloth before you can have a flint and steel fire anyways! Regardless, I really enjoy the low maintenance of this knife. It really makes life a bit easier in wet environments. The only concern I have with this incredible super steel is it's ability to resharpen easily... I somehow doubt this blade can by sharpened by something as simple as a river rock... That does bother me somewhat, as I generally like my blades to be made from steels that can be sharpened by everyday items and not require specialized diamond or ceramic sharpeners. I guess at the end of the day, it's a trade-off.

-The Saber blade grind is also not something that would have been my first choice for a "bushcrafting" knife. I would have much preferred either a Scandinavian or full flat ground blade. While I understand that Saber grinds are generally stronger than both of the aforementioned grinds, Scandinavian grinds are much better at working wood, and full flat grinds a great because while then can certainly work wood in passable fashion, they also excel at food prep and skinning tasks. The Saber grind really doesn't excel at working wood, food prep, or skinning... Strength is the Saber grind's only real benefit, and one that I would certainly have traded to get a grind that was better at one or all three of the other tasks!

-The blade design was good and bad. I liked the simple drop point design and thought the blade length was right in the pocket with regards to being perfect for general bushcraft tasks. However, I didn't care for the overall downward blade arc from pommel to blade tip. It made carving a little awkward and sheathing the knife rather difficult due to it's propensity for wanting to cut into the leather because of the angle of the blade in relation to the handle. I would have much preferred a blade that was inline with the handle.

Thanks for giving me the opportunity to leave an unbiased review, and I hope these critiques will maybe help birth the next generation of Benchmade Bushcrafting fixed blades.

Dan
A review from: Scooter
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I bought the Bushcrafter Sand for hard work in the field and it does not disappoint. I love the kydex sheath, holds the knife tight and cleans up easily. The fit and finish is super, and the blade thickness is ready for heavy duty use. I am hoping for many more years of superior performance.
A review from: Andy
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The knife is great. However, the safety strap on the leather sheath when snapped shut allows about one inch of the sharp blade to be exposed. I contacted Dawn at Customer Service late today and she said she would send me a plastic replacement sheath. I said I looked forward to receiving it. She was very professional and courteous, and then I asked her to mention in feedback meetings that I considered the leather strap to be a safety hazard. She said she would and I asked her further to send me an email with the considered opinion of whatever group she presented to. Thank you.
A review from: Mac
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The EOD bush crafter is a fantastic knife. However, the sheath for this beast of a knife leaves much to be desired in the realm of retention and wear ability, I would love to see something kydex lined with high end nylon outer. possibly with molly compatibility.