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Monday, 3 July 2017

Cold Steel Bushman

I've owned this knife for well over a year now and keep forgetting to mention it! On the plus side at least you know I've really put it through it's paces before giving you my thoughts on it.

Cold Steel Bushman
The original Bushman, made by Cold Steel. I've been a fan of Cold Steel products since I was a child and this one does not disappoint. It is a pretty much indestructible knife with the blade and handle cold forged from a single piece of steel. The handle is hollow to allow you to fix it to a pole/branch to form a pretty formidable makeshift spear. Now I know what you're thinking HOLLOW HANDLE!!!! Don't worry, since there is no seam/join between the blade and handle there is no weak point and according to the manufacturer the knife has withstood testing of over 2 tons of pressure at the blade/handle transition!

So unlike the flimsy Rambo wannabe hollow handled "survival" knives of the 80's this is a serious knife that can be relied upon in the field. I've used it for carving, battoning and all round general cutting duty and it is a real work horse of a knife that has never let me down.

For the price I don't think you could beat this chopper for value, you can pick them up for £35.95 from Greenmans (no affiliation). Also mine is the older version that came with a leather sheath but the latest one is a Kydex type automatic locking sheath and also comes with a firesteel making it even better bang for your buck.

So there you have it, the Cold Steel Bushman. They also do a bowie shaped version but I must say I prefer the original shaped one that I have, far more practical for bushcraft.















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6 comments

  1. Wonderful-looking knife, Tricky. You can't beat Cold Steel products.

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    1. They certainly make some robust items :)

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  2. Great looking knife! I don't know a lot about them but Hubby seems to collect them. There's an interesting show over here in the states called Forged in Fire. It's all about knife/sword making. It's amazing the artistry of some of the people.

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    1. I've heard of it before but never gotten around to watching it, I think it would definitely be something I would enjoy :)

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  3. All the younger guys today go in for these "name brand" knives. I know a fellow about your age who spends $500 for a knife and thinks nothing of it. I have a buck sheath knife I carried in the Marines, a Kabar fighting knife that I was issued with in 1971, and a pilots survival knife I carried when I was flying helicopters in the USMC. They are good knives but pretty plebeian.

    Been watching all that about the fires in Portugal. I hope you are better set up there in Spain, than they were there. 64 people burned up, seems like poor planning.

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    1. I see it all too often on social media, people showing off their "gucci" survival gear that is worth more than I earn in a month, I always find the simpler more affordable kit is usually more practical. I'd be afraid to use a £500 knife as I wouldn't be able to afford to replace it! haha

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