Bushcraft/Survival Knives

bush·craft
ˈbo͝oSHˌkraft/
noun
skill at living in the bush.

The term was coined after the means of survival in the Australian outback or “bush country.” Good bushcraft skills mean the difference between life and death, and those skills are hugely enhanced by a good knife, your primary tool.
The right bushcraft knife is an essential tool in order to be able to survive.
It must be part hunting knife, part tactical knife, and part camping knife since you will be carrying for the foreseeable, and often unforeseeable, future. It needs to be able to cut limbs for fires and cooking, as well as building shelters. It should be capable of cleaning and skinning an animal as well as basic self-defense. It must have a full tang since it will be put through countless hours of abuse.
There are quite a few good knives out there to be used in the bush. But when it comes to my survival, there are only a couple knives I would count on.
The Gear2Survive Classic Bushcraft knife designed by Marc Lacrimosa (yes my brother) and built by Shadow Tech Knives in Ohio.

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The other is the new Defiant Bushcraft knife designed by Abe Ellis and built by Colonial Knives of Rhode Island.

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Why these two knives?

  • Both of these knives are heavy duty knives without being so large as to make it difficult to be able handle small tasks.
  • Both knives are guaranteed for life by the manufacturers. (They are able to outlast you).
  • Both knives can handle multiple tasks.
  • Both knives are large enough to be used in a self-defense situation
  • Both knives have sheaths that allow multiple ways to carry

 

Bellow is a side by side comparison:

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Here’s what others are saying about the knives:
Colonial Knife Corp: “It more than met my expectations”

Gear2Survive: “It feels like an ESEE, only better”

 

Both knives are great knives and would make you feel as if you’re able survive the bush a hell of a lot easier!

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Impressive Frank Centofante Ivory Lockback Hunter w/Scrimshaw

This beautiful knife has just been listed on our website

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The beautiful Scrimshaw work was done by celebrated artist Bob Burdette

More photos and information can be found on our website here: Frank Centofante

Randy Lee Custom Knives

Randy’s fascination with knives began as a young man when he made his first knife in a high school “metals” class. He collected them for years and eventually began making his own to get a better edge-holding skinner for hunting.

Randy read books and visited local makers to learn the craft. In 1979, he decided to invest in shop equipment so that he could properly master his knife making skills. In a few years, he was making and selling knives to local hunters, while continually developing his style and craftsmanship. He attended his first knife show in 1986 and has been participating in about six shows each year since then.

Randy studied under Legendary knife maker D’Alton Holder.  An though Randy occasionally makes a model or two that resembles D’s knives most of his pieces are uniquely his own. While most knifemakers construct their fixed blade knives utilizing a full tang with applied handle scales, Randy Lee has continued to make most of his with a narrow tang, allowing him to create visually pleasing handles that also have very strong structural integrity. Blocks of each material chosen for the handle are drilled and broached to fit and then slipped over the narrow extension of the blade (the tang). The space between the tang and the handle material is then filled with epoxy and the butt cap or a nut is screwed onto the end of the tang and tightened, creating a solid handle.

As an avid hunter, Randy knows how a good hunting knife should perform. He loves to “field-test” his designs and feels that a quality knife should not only look great, but perform well as a tool. He offers a wide variety of knife styles; from utility hunters and fighters to collector pieces such as daggers and Bowies.

Although the actual work of grinding and buffing knives is very tedious, he always finds it rewarding to see the final finished product. Randy particularly enjoys meeting people who find knives as interesting and exciting as he does.

Sheaths

Randy’s wife, Sonja Lee, is one of the premier sheath makers in the business. Using exotic hides, or leather and various forms of tooling, she has mastered the craft of sheath making. Sonja creates the custom sheaths which are provided for each of Randy Lee’s knives and she is now making custom sheaths for many other knife makers and collectors.

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Blade: Mirror Polished 154-CPM Drop Point

Blade Length: 3.5″

Guard: Nickle Silver

Handle: Black Micarta with a Black & Red Acrylic Spacer lined with Fiber

Overall Length: 7.5″

Lanyard Hole

Sheath: Custom Leather by Sonya Lee

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Steve Hoel Knives

Born in Arizona in 1940, Steve made his first hunting knife in 1952 selling his first one ten years later. Exposed to high quality knives very early by spending time with Bob Loveless and Steve Johnson when they were partners. Known by many as perhaps the father of the interframe, he started making single and multiblade folders in the mid seventies. Steve has made Bowies, boot knives, and daggers, but his investor class folding knives in lockback and slipjoint design are collector favorites. His steels of choice are 154CM, ATS-34, 416, and commercial damascus. He favors natural materials for scales and inlays such as various woods, mother of pearl, fossil ivories, sheep horn, abalone, jade, and many others. His knives are favored for engraving by many of the top artists in the field. Steve has been a Knifemakers Guild member since 1978 and he is one of the featured artists in David Darom’s first class book, “Art and Design in Modern Custom Folding Knives”.

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