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Cold Steel 97SMBWZ Black Bear Bowie Machete 12" Carbon Steel Blade, Polypropylene Handles, Cor-Ex Sheath

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Part Number: CS97SMBWZ
Manufacturer: Cold Steel Knives
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CS97SMBWZ: 97SMBWZ Black Bear Bowie
Cold Steel

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  • Item Number: 97SMBWZ
  • Name: Black Bear Bowie
  • Blade Length: 12.0"
  • Overall Length: 17.75"
  • Steel: 1055 Carbon Steel w/ Black Baked-On Anti Rust Finish
  • Weight: 18.1 oz
  • Blade Thickness: 2.8 mm
  • Handle: 5.75" Long Polypropylene
  • Sheath: Cor-Ex
  • Made in South Africa
Zytel Handles
Zytel Handles
A nylon polymer that is lightweight and extremely durable, Zytel can be shaped and textured to provide excellent grip.
1055 Carbon Steel
1055 Carbon Steel
An extremely tough steel with high carbon content and a hardness between 60-64RC, 1055 is best suited for high-impact and high-stress applications.
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Nw Guy
northern Michigan
Jul 24, 2017
Pros: Blade Material, Blade Sharpness, Weight, Finish
Cons: None
"...Now THAT'S a knife."
WELL... I saw the knife as I was going through the website and saw the size and price and decided "What the heck." As I have previously reviewed and stated before I am a huge fan of the BUSHMAN knives. Probably the best buy ever for an edged weapon you don't worry about losing in the bush. Received the BBB(Black Bear Bowie) and it was pretty much as expected. Semi sharp, smallish grip and a sheath of interesting design. Following my usual protocol I grabbed my sharpening stones and decided to see if it would get as fine an edge as the Bushman. After figuring out the correct angle for working the blade...WOW did that thing get sharp. I mean shaving sharp. How sharp? Holding the blade above a piece of paper about an inch I let the blade drop and it cleanly sliced the full width of an 8.5 x 11 copy paper with just the weight of the blade and gravity providing the force to cleanly cut the paper in half. I took it out back and started to work on some saplings and then some dead oak limbs. It is no ax but it will chop and cut with better capability than you expect for this blade design. Finished beating on the blade, it still cut paper but not as cleanly. A few runs on the ceramic stone and it is back to scalpel tune. The sheath is an amorphous thing that lacks any relationship to the design of the blade other than being capable of right or left mounting with equal usage. As I have stated before though, you cannot expect a $50.00 piece of leather craftsmanship with a knife that costs the price of a lunch at Applebees. The knife grip is too small for my paw and while I usually wrap my Bushman knifes with a layer of snare wire under layers of paracord built out to my comfort size, because of the safety strap position on the sheath I will have to rethink the grip thing. The strap wraps around the grip instead of over the hilt. For most folks though the plastic grip may be a fit and just not slick enough to cause a problem. The sheath is long enough that you can drill a hole through the end for a leg or gear attachment point if needed to keep it from moving since it is a fairly noticeable weight when in motion. I have dragged the CS Bushman knives all over Canada and recently Alaska, but if I can figure out a fix to the grip/sheath situation I can see the BBB going into the bush later this year with no great worries if it is lost because they are just soooo danged reasonable and a really great bargain even with the dumb sheath.
5 out of 5
South Carolina
Jul 22, 2017
Pros: Blade Material, Weight, Blade Sharpness
Cons: Sheath/Scabbard, None
Great blade for the money.
Used this today to clear a Jeep trail. Cut through saplings and limbs like hot butter Though grip not textured didn't have any issues in hot , humid ,sweaty weather. Shaving sharp even after 100 yards of trail was cleared. Actually quite shocked.
4 out of 5
Jul 12, 2017
Pros: Blade Sharpness, Blade Material, Overall Quality, Sheath/Scabbard, None
Cons: Handle Material, Finish
What the heck is this thing for?
While I'm not really sure what to use this for in its current form, I've been looking for something like this for years. A big thin cheap Bowie knife in carbon steel. BUT, had I known that the clip edge was actually sharpened I probably would not have bought this knife. I was mistakenly under the impression that the clip would sport a false edge, which while not the best for battoning, would still be acceptable. I plan on using this knife for camping, as a light chopper, and kindling splitter. I know a hatchet is a better tool for this, but I couldn't refuse such a large Bowie for around $30 shipped. So I had to justify the purchase... The quality is as good or better than other cold steel machetes that I own. Nice heavy nylon sheath. The edges are both sharp, but not shaving sharp. The grinds, both main the clip, are uneven as all get out, But it's really only a cosmetic issue. The handle is one point that I'm not very happy about. It is huge, it has no texture what so ever and really just looks terrible. So I'm planning on cutting it off and replacing with a more classic Bowie handle. I've yet to use the Bowie, so these are just first impressions. I hope that you have found this review helpful.
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