Real Steel Knives Bushcraft Folding Knife 3.54" D2 Satin Plain Blade, Black G10 Handles, Nylon Sheath - 3716


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Part #: RST3716 | Real Steel Knives
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RST3716: Bushcraft Folder
Real Steel
After the Bushcraft Fixed knife became very popular, Real Steel was asked to bring out a foldable version that combines the classical attributes of a Bushcraft knife with the compact size and mobility of a folding knife. As a result, they made a Bushcraft Folder featuring D2 steel and the classic Bushcraft Scandi grind. The back of the blade is squared off for use with a fire steel. The knife utilizes a liner lock for safe and secure lockup. They reduced the weight through intelligent milling of the steel liners to just over six ounces and the contoured scales made of G10 ensure a firm grip even in wet conditions. To complete the knife it comes with a nylon pouch for easy carry wherever your adventures leads you.
  • Blade Length: 3.54" (90 mm)
  • Blade Steel: D2 Carbon Steel, 58-60HRC
  • Thickness: 0.138" (3.5 mm)
  • Overall Length: 8.27" (210 mm)
  • Handle Material: Black G10 with Red G10 Spacers
  • Sheath: Nylon
  • Weight: 6.37 oz. (180 g)
  • Made in China
Nylon Sheath
Nylon Sheath
Durable, flexible, abrasion and mildew resistant, Nylon also is very strong
D2 Tool Steel
D2 Tool Steel
This is a high carbon steel that is appropriate for use in hostile environments and is known for edge retention.
G10 Handles
G10 Handles
Formed in a sheet under high pressure by combining fiberglass and an epoxy resin binder. These handles are lightweight and shaped to ensure a solid grip.
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Paris, France
Jan 16, 2018
Pros: Blade Sharpness, Lock Type, Ease of Opening, Overall Quality, Handle Material, Lock Ease of Use, Weight, Sheath, Handle Feel, Blade Material
Cons: None
Heavy Duty Forest Folder
I have been dreaming for that kind of folder for quite a long time. Something heavy, strong with a rounded handle to take in the forest and built some shelter.RealSteel Knives, a Chinese company, may have heard my prayer as they are producing a Bushcraft Folder in two version: with and without the one hand opening option provided with two studs.180 grams of a very well balanced 90mm blade length beefy companion.My first experience with Real Steel was the beautiful Megalodon which has had review here. Its main flaw was the awful clip and you know what ? The Bushcraft Folder has no clip but a beautiful textured G10 handle. Also the red liners are a very nice touch bringing a real touch of class. The blade is perfectly centered. The action is smooth. the action Southpaw friendly... The blade is made of D2. This air hardening classical steel is not my favorite but some of my friends and co-writers like JD got an excellent opinion about it. As a reminder let’s not forget it’s a 13% chrome steel which can stain and can be a bear to get sharp. RealSteel seems to have bought tons of D2 as their production of fixed blades is mainly using that alloy. The HRC is 58-60 which is not the harder heat treatment for that steel. It seems good for a knife destined to resharpen in the field. Oh and this is a true scandi: no secondary bevel on that baby ! You can put it flat on some stone and you should be able to keep it like a razor !The choice of lock is a thick Michael Walker's liner lock. It reminds me the lock of the Spyderco Gayle Bradley: thick liners locks are easy confortable to use.Don't forget: batoning with a folder is not a good idea with the lock engaged. Let's say it's not a good idea, period. Some chores are better kept for the uses of thick fixed blades. But the RealSteel BF can easy drill in wood and be twisted while cutting: there is no movement, no play: everything is very well adjusted. this is a very serious outdoor knife. The spine of the blade is sharp, certainly for striking a rod and lightning fire. I will soon round mine, as I prefer to have a confortable ramp to push with my thumb during woodworking.There is no hot spot on the handle. You can hold it very tight, it's almost like a fixed blade. The linerlock is recessed and you can not disengage it by holding the handle. Just be carful and always remember, as strong as a folder is it will never be as strong as fixed blade. Use it with respect and care. If the lock may fail there is no choil to protect your precious finger.So what do you got in the end ? An heavy, solid, easy to keep sharp bushcraft tool.OK. But for what price ? Mine was bought for less than 60 euros ! This is great for a knife destined to be used a lot and not ketp in a safe.In my opinion, this is a very solid bargain for a very serious wood companion.“Made in China” tools are getting better and better in terms of quality and prices and don’t forget, your Iphone X are also made in China.You can find pictures and more information on my blog:
5 out of 5
Kingston, ON
Oct 05, 2017
Pros: Handle Material, Overall Quality, Lock Ease of Use, Handle Feel, Blade Sharpness, Ease of Opening, None
Cons: Blade Material
Great knife, but wrong grind
Great knife, but wrong grind for bushcrafting tasks.The handle scales are fantastic, and the action is beautiful. Everything about the knife says quality - the fit and finish, materials, design. Excellent comfort and control. The spine comes sharp enough to strike a ferro rod. The steel itself is decent, but I would have preferred to pay more for 154CM, or CPM-S30V; D2 is somewhat brittle and not stainless enough for the occasional use bushcrafting knives see (as opposed to an EDC).My main problem with the knife is the grind. The first night I took it out, I processed firewood and constructed a bow drill & fireboard. The blade was quite badly damaged - about 1mm of tip snapped off while awling out holes and much of the cutting edge itself was folded after notching the bow.Don't get me wrong - the flat grind produced epic feathersticks and shavings (which I cut first). But it's just not tough enough for bushcraft use.I remedied by regrinding to a scandi and reforming a new, slightly blunter tip. Not quite as razor sharp, but holds up much better.If you're not up for regrinding the blade, I'd suggest carrying this knife along with your main bushcraft fixed blade; use the fixed blade for batoning, notching, chopping and awling, and keep this one for feathersticks, food prep, softwood carving, etc.For the price, 4.9 stars, rounded up. If they offered it in 154CM or CPM-S30V with a factory scandi grind, I'd buy another in a heartbeat.
5 out of 5
New York Palmyra
May 04, 2017
Pros: Lock Type, Handle Material, Handle Feel, Blade Sharpness, Blade Material, Ease of Opening, Weight, Lock Ease of Use, Overall Quality
Cons: None
It's a beast, and different
This will be great for carving and roughing bark for my sticks! Fits awesome in the hand. I like a knife without a clip. The red lines with the black micarta are pretty snazzy!!! The blade shape isn't shaped like the Scandinavian Puukko style but it's different and possesses a unique shape. Bravo!!! Opens like a charm!!! That's one of my favorite things to do with a knife. The groove in the handle near thumb stud is spot on. D2 steel is super strong!!! I can't worry about breaking down with this beast.
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