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5 out of 5
Matthew H.
Albuquerque, NM
Aug 06, 2016
Pros: Blade Material, Sheath/Scabbard, Handle Material, Weight, Overall Quality, Finish
Cons: None
First Impressions.
Just got this knife, so I haven't brutalized it with batoning tests, accidentally dropping it on rocks or New Mexico compressed sand, etc. I did carve a pine block into a rough sphere, rinse it, and cut up a ribeye. Then whittled the bone down to a toothpick, lol. No problems whatsoever so far. I'm impressed with how you can go delicate with it, despite its length. I gotta say, it's a wonderful knife. Aesthetically pleasing to the eye and hand. Reasonably sharp out of the box, but I did use my finest grit stone on it, and now it shaves hairs. Only about 2-3 minutes of gentle honing. My only initial beef/complaint is that it doesn't have a hammer pommel. The weight is awesome. My decision came down to 3 knives: this one, A Condor, and the well known BK2. The BK2 is too heavy. 1/4" thick is overkill for my needs. Plus I didn't like the stock handle scales. The condor 5" bushcraft was nice, but the wood handle worried me (it's dry where I live. Wood doesn't last in the sun without oiling/waxing and such. Plus, like the BK2, also a corrosion-prone blade. Even though I live and hike in the desert, NM is not the Empty Quarter. I'm always by rivers and creeks, dealing with damp wood, and sweating too much. I actually researched a hike/camp/bushcraft knife more than I researched the laptop I recently purchased, lol. I settled on this one, as it's ~$100. I didn't want to spend more, for obvious (to me, at least) reasons. My only experience with this type of knife previously is owning (and destroying) a few Moras. I still love the >$20 Moras. Great beaters. And you don't care if you ruin it on a backpacking trip. But, I did want more. Something a little longer, full tang, and /quality/ SS. Oiling blades is fine, but I don't want to worry about corrosion. Especially when away from 'civilization' for more than 3 days. On the sheath: too many people have complained about it. I own a bunch of Maxpedition molle packs/pouches, and it's on that level of quality. I like it. I like how I can attach a secondary sheath to it, for a flashlight, my phone, a Leatherman, or my fav. small fixed blade: a CRKT Folts Minimalist (wharncliffe). As a left handed person, I really love how the sheath is ambidextrous. That's an issue for us lefties. You'd be surprised how many stock sheathes are right handed only. Hint: 99% of them. Anyway, sorry for the TL;DR. I might update next month, when I get some time off to really test this guy out.
5 out of 5
Blue Ridge Mtns.
Apr 17, 2016
Pros: Materials, Handle Material, Blade Material, Finish, Weight, Overall Quality, Blade Sharpness
Cons: Sheath/Scabbard, None
Versatile blade design made from a good steel.
I've had my BlackBird since the fall of 2014 and consider it the best mid size(4-6 inch) bushcraft/survival fixed blade i've used or owned for the price.I'm not saying it's the best available at any price,but i am saying i consider it the best for what KC has it priced($128) and under.The Horace Kephart designed blade is a versatile design that works well doing woodwork(carving,feathersticks,whittling etc.) as well as cleaning game and for real life,common everyday cutting chores,it's one of the few truly versatile
5 out of 5
Todd H
Poplar Bluff,Mo
Dec 18, 2015
Pros: Overall Quality, Blade Sharpness, Handle Material, Blade Material
Cons: None
better than i thought it would
I love this knife. I like it better than benchmade bush craft knife. Very high quality knife,and it will shave, right out of the box. I have other knifes with 154cm, very good steel easy to sharpen and holdes a sharp edge very well. I also have knifes with cpm s110 steel, hard to sharpen. I personally like 154 cm better. sk5 is a bargain at that price. A must have knife.
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