Bushcrafter Family - Survival Knives
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 Bushcrafter design to suit their needs. Made in USA.
Posted onBest knife everI live in montana and use knives in the mountains regularly. This is by far the best knife I own and I own a lot of knives.
holds an edge
HIGHLY Recommend this knife. I will buy a couple more just in case
Posted onA Great Knife / A Not-so-great SheathHere's my opinion on the Benchmade Bushcrafter after owning one for about a year. I like this knife a great deal, but it isn't perfect, and there is room for some improvement. What I do like is the overall length, the blade steel, the blade shape, the handle, and the overall functionality of the knife. It's a great knife to have in nearly any situation one might find himself in. What I believe needs improvement is the sheath. I think the sheath is junk. I purchased a buck sheath on ebay that fits the knife perfectly. In case you are interested, the ebay description of the sheath I purchased is: 1 NEW 498 488 085 087 ERGO PRO BUCK KNIFE BURGUNDY LEATHER SHEATH. Second, I do not like the sharp edge on the spine of the blade. I know it is for ferro rod use, but I will throw a lighter in with my camp gear. The sharp spine edge is uncomfortable when putting one's thumb on the blade for certain tasks. Last, if Benchmade were to ask me, I would recommend they add jimping to the blade. One other comment, I shopped around and found a great deal and paid considerably less for mine. I had no blade issues like some of the other reviewers mentioned. My knife is the one with the brown handle. Buy one and enjoy your time in the outdoors.
Posted onAwesomeAnother great product from Benchmade! Preforms great and comes with the peace of mind that is Benchmade customer service!
Posted onFlawless and Effective Knife; bad quality sheathI LOVE this knife. I wanted an all-around mighty piece of steel for light hiking/backpacking, and just to have around for general badassery. The knife itself is outstanding on all counts, no question. Benchmade blade guarantees are awesome and refinishing is free as usual.
PLEASE MAKE A BETTER SHEATH. My first one had a broken belt loop out of the box. Fortunately I returned it to the retailer for an immediate, no-questions exchange.
Posted onGreat knife/ok sheathThe knife itself is fantastic. How much you like the knife will depend on your personal preferences. I’m writing this review more about the plastic sheath that comes with the sand colored handle. As soon as I got the knife I replaced the sheath with an aftermarket one. I hope benchmade starts making a nicer kydex sheath for this knife.
Knife does not stay in it very well
Does not seem that durable
Looks and feels cheep-would not be a big deal to me if it was not $235 knife
When I bought this knife I knew that I would probably end up replacing the sheath but I liked the knife enough to justify buying it.
Posted onMy very first Benchmade knifeI bought this on a whim and as a backup to my LT Wright Genesis Scandi. It will take some getting used to the different shape of the handle (I preferred the Genesis) but I really like the "heft" of the 162 and especially the wider blade. Time and useage will tell how well it holds up but I have high expectations for this knife.
Like several others I am not at all pleased with the sheath and prefer the JRE Industries sheath that came with the LT Wright knife. So, I've ordered one from JRE; black leather with ferro rod holder and dangler and the cheap sheath will just get tossed into a drawer.
Posted onFreakin’ solid knife!!!I finally got a chance to put this knife to the test this weekend. I absolutely beat the crap out of this knife! But after cleaning it, it doesn’t look much different from the way it did when I bought it. And it still shaves my arm hair! You would never guess that I was chopping and batoning oak stumps that were nearly as wide as the length of this blade, literally pounding right on the tip! Nothing..... not even a scratch. I was hitting a ferro rod with the spine. After rubbing the deposits off, that spine is still flawless. I am now using this knife as an example of a QUALITY knife. It’s not about how sharp a knife is out of the box that counts. It’s how well it STAYS sharp! And this knife is a beast!
Ok, now I’m afraid I will have to agree with others about the sheath. It really isn’t great. It’s attractive, but not quality. And something about that button placement makes it sort of easy to come undone. It sits at an angle so if the handle were pulled, the button can unsnap. At least on mine. Defeats the purpose, I think. I hope they decide to make an upgraded sheath available for this knife. I would buy it!
Posted onSerious BeastI've been an outdoor educator for over 20 years and have gone through A LOT of knives in that time and none has stood up to the beating this one has. I buy knives as tools, not art pieces, and that tool needs to stand up to being used and abused. Whether it be baton work through wet oak, teaching knife safety to a 4 or 40 year old, or being thrown to the ground along with a loud "F÷*%!" when my temper gets the best of me, this knife keep up and stays sharp! I like it so much that when my first was stolen from my jeep in a parking garage, i bought another to replace it, and one of your folders for when im not in the woods.
Posted onGreatI 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.
Posted onnice knife, but the sheath sucksi 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.