Sunday, January 9, 2011

Getting Primitive

Scott received a Bushman order just before the holidays. He forged that Bushman and a few other blades out of CruForgeV over Christmas. We have dubbed these knives the "Primitive Series". The Bushmaster, Bushman, and Pygmy are pictured below. The Native, which is smaller than the Bushmaster, but larger than the Bushman is not quite finished and will be completed at a later date.

Handle: Hammer-marked steel
Finish: Rustic
Blade: Recurve
Overall Length: 6 3/4 inches
Blade Length: 3 1/4 inches
Weight: 3.7 ounces
Sheath: Leather

The Pygmy is the smallest knife in the series, has a hammer-marked steel handle, and comes with a leather shealth. The sheath pictured below is a horizontal crossdraw, but a verticle sheath could be made as well. We tried Kydex with this model, but the Pygmy prefers leather due its curvaceous nature. A similar knife with a spearpoint or droppoint blade could be crafted and dressed in Kydex at a reduced price.

This Pygmy with stamped and dyed leather crossdraw sheath is available for $195 plus shipping.

Steel: CruForgeV
Handle: Hardened cord wrap
Finish: Rustic
Blade: Recurve
Overall Length: 10 inches
Blade Length: 5 1/4 inches
Weight: 8.5 ounces
Sheath: Kydex or leather
The Bushman is a true tactical knife. This one easily handled the one-inch manilla rope cut test; then chopped through a section of 4-gauge copper wire and hacked into an epay railing multiple times without damage.
While the Bushman might not cut as well as a blade with a thinner profile or chop as well as a true chopper, it has the ability to do both quite effectively, which is impressive for a medium-sized knife. The Bushman is also extremely tough. This blade shipped out to a law enforcement officer recently, and we look forward to receiving some performance feedback.
The Bushman comes standard with a hardened cord-wrapped handle and a Kydex sheath, but Dario commissioned this knife in black leather; I think he made a handsome choice. To see the Bushman in Kydex, check out our Knife Shoulder Holster post.

This Bushman is SOLD, but Scott is itching to forge more.

Steel: CruForge V
Handle: Micarta
Blade: Recurve
Overall Length: 16 inches
Blade Length: 10 3/8 inches
Blade Width: 2 1/4 inches
Weight: 1 lb 7.3 ounces
Sheath: Stamped and dyed leather
The Bushmaster is a true chopper. Scott forged this blade hoping to claim it for himself, but it can be purchased if you act fast. This Bushmaster comes with a black and burgandy Micarta handle and a stamped/dyed leather sheath, but other options are available. To see this knife in action, check out our previous post - "Love That CruForge V".

Bushmaster with pictured sheath - $585 plus shipping

The Native is still in a very primitive state, but here's a sneak preview. Specifications and the completed blade will be available in a few weeks. The Native is bigger than a Bushman, but smaller than a Bushmaster.

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