There are knives you want and knives you want. My newest 4-inch bushcraft knife acquisition from C.T. Fischer fits each categories!
by Leon Pantenburg
Disclaimer: The following assessment is my opinion and had no prior input, feedback or editing by C.T. Fischer Knives.
A handful of years back, I tested the C.T. Fischer Nessmuk knife, and liked it so a lot I got a single of his 4-inch Bushcraft knives. I haven’t necessary a knife in a lot of years, but the Fischer’s catalog photographs showed a knife I seriously wanted.
It all has to do with really feel.
I hunt squirrels, rabbits and other smaller game with Annabelle, a handmade .40 caliber flintlock muzzle loading Pennsylvania rifle. Annabelle has a custom-produced, beautiful curly maple, complete length stock. In 2003, the late Jim Grenfell produced me a tomahawk, with a curly maple deal with to match. All I necessary was the appropriate knife, and I would have the quintessential eastern extended hunter setup.
I saw the knife I was seeking for in the C.T. Fischer catalog. C.T. Fischer Knives are primarily based in Elk City, Idaho, and knifemaker Fischer hand tends to make his cutlery a single item at a time. The knife I wanted was the 4-inch, complete tang Bushcraft knife, and it bore a striking resemblance to a Mora. The knife deal with could be produced of a assortment of diverse components.
Yes, he had some curly maple, Fischer mentioned, and a deal was struck. The waiting list for Fischer knives can be a handful of weeks or months, and ultimately, my Bushcraft knife arrived. I straight away took out the rifle and tomahawk, and the knife matched virtually precisely.
The deal with fits like it was produced for my hand, and the finish, wood match and shape of the blade had been just what I was seeking for. But I will not carry any piece of gear that hasn’t been confirmed, so I began testing it.
The good quality of Fischer’s steel was a offered right after I wrung out the Nessmuk, so I didn’t do any outright abuse to the Bushcraft knife.
Fischer handmakes a assortment of knives produced out of applied circular saw blades that formerly saw duty in a lumber mill. Fischer knives are shaped by grinding, and he didn’t do any added tempering on my Nessmuk. Considering that final year, even though, Fischer has perfected a new heat treating approach that he claims tends to make the steel even greater for blades.
My knife testing is a lengthy approach. All of them get started out in the kitchen. The knife is applied at each and every chance, to evaluate how the blade and deal with function for diverse typical tasks. Then, I’ll discover some lengthy cutting job, to test the deal with style. I cleaned a handful of fish, peeled some potatoes and carved some meat. The knife did just fine, even even though it wasn’t the finest for all these tasks.
After the knife passed the kitchen test, it went outdoors. I didn’t baton (pound the knife by way of a piece of firewood to make kindling) with it. I do not think this test proves a lot about blade good quality. With the appropriate method and piece of wood, you can split kindling with a butter knife.
But I did I reduce up a bunch of jute twine, reduce up a bunch of cardboard (which is a true test of edge-holding), and whittled a bunch of sticks for beginning fires. Considering that hunting season wasn’t for many months, I had to postpone actual hunting field use.
The blade held its edge, even though the cardboard ultimately dulled it. A handful of swipes with my butchering steel returned it to shaving sharp. The Bushcraft knife comes with a Scandinavian bevel edge to it, so sharpening is a snap.
Mainly what I did even though, was carry it on a everyday basis. The sheath is a fine piece of leatherwork, and secures the knife effectively. The only addition I produced was to place a brass D-ring in the belt loop, so I could attach the knife to a belt crucial holder or the outdoors of my pack.
The Bushcraft also rode to the workplace in my briefcase, exactly where it was applied for letter opening, slicing bagels and spreading peanut butter. In the field and in the workplace, the Bushcraft did each and every job essential of it.
The 4-inch Bushcraft retails for $275, based on what deal with alternatives you get.
Appear at it this way: Each and every cutlery enthusiast can afford a handful of good knives, the ones that you get pleasure from seeking at as effectively as working with. The fantastic knives will final forever and be passed down to children and grandchildren.
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