Reviewed 04/03/2010 by xxo
-Price Paid: N/A
-Used for Outdoor/Survival
-Owned for Greater than 1 year
The one piece spring tempered SK5 construction of the Bushman make it a very rugged and versatile field/survival knife that can be used as a spear head and as a throwing knife, if you are so inclined. The Bushman not delicate, pretty or expensive - there's no reason not to use it and use it hard. A great fun knife for camping trips and also a very good survival knife.
The Bushamn does have some down sides; one is the round steel handle which does not give a very comfortable or secure grip, but can be vastly improved by wrapping with some grip tape, paracord or some duct tape as I did with mine. Another problem is that the Bushman does not have a guard and it is real easy for your hand to slip onto the sharp edge (and they do come sharp from the factory) especially if you did not wrap the slick steel handle. I use a para cord lanyard that goes around my fingers and is tight enough to prevent my hand from slipping on to the blade.
The steel does not hold a razor edge very long (but is easy to re sharpen) and will rust if you don't keep the edge oiled.
The Bushamn I have is an older Taiwan made one with a cordura pouch sheath with a thin plastic liner, current ones are made in China and have a different sheath with a pouch on the front.
The old cordura sheath I would rate as adequte at best, don't know if the new ones are any better or not.