Pros: Blade Material, Materials, Handle Material, Weight, Finish, Overall Quality, Blade Sharpness
Beat Your Bubba
This is definitely a. “beater knife.” I never purchased a Rambo style Bowie before (Bowie with saw back blade). They are usually made of cheap 3Cr, 420J2, 440A, or other low grade stainless. So, this Bubba Blade 7” Penetrator Tac/Survival Knife peaked my interest, when I saw it was 8Cr13Mov (a mid grade stainless). The other aspect I took interest in is their unique and comfortable looking handles/guards. The fair price sent me over the edge of buyer’s hesitancy. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> I believe Bubba Blade started primarily as a fillet/fishing knife company. I like their innovative handles; but, the red color of most of their handles just grates on my nerves. An old friend of mine, a long time Boundary Waters/Midwest rivers canoe guide once said to me, “Look at that blue canoe, Tom. That’s just wrong.” He liked red, green, and brown canoes, but blue canoes really bothered him. I’m the same way about red handled knives (although, flo orange suites me fine). Go figure. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> I am quite amused by the statement in the specifications, “Blood groove will allow for deep penetration when striking.” I thought this type of nonsense was debunked long ago. The so called, “blood groove,” or properly called a, “fuller,” is for weight reduction of the blade. There is nothing in the mechanics of a fuller that will make it penetrate deeper. It has nothing to do with blood. Blood will find its own path. Guess I can’t blame them when they’re hyping a Rambo style knife. If they want deeper penetration they could sharpen the swedge on top edge. Just, sayin’. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Arrives sharp, but could take a stropping. No flaws in fit'n'finish. Seems like a really solid blade/handle attachment, but I am unsure of the tang style (says “full tang” in specs). I’m sure it is much more durable than those hollow handled survival knives. Bubba Blades handles are as comfortable and grippy as they appear. Only gripe with the grip is the little white finger pads. They are comfortable, and they include a pad for left handed folks, too. But, why white on a black tactical knife? The pads take and hold a black Sharpie marker well, but will probably wear off in time. The handle is comfortable in hammer and reverse ice pick grip; but the secondary ridge of the index finger groove will dig into your palm if you hold it in ice pick grip. Don’t know what to think of the sawback spine? The originals were modeled after Randall model 18 Attack pilots survival knife, which were meant to aide downed aviators in extraction for canopy/fuselage of aircraft. Penetrator’s 1/8” thick, flat/unsharpened sawback seems appropriate for sawing through tinfoil, or Styrofoam coffee cups. Even to deter an attacker from grabbing the spine of your blade, it could be thwarted with any pair of leather gloves. Well, at least it provides a flat area to pound a baton against when batoning wood. Sheath is adequate and quiet. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> For some strange reason, I have a lot of confidence in their handles/tangs. I’ll be watching for a YouTube video of some guy abusing the snail snot out of the Penetrator to the point of failure. After reading about Bubba Blades origins (the quest for a good fillet knife), I am anxious to try one of their fillet knives (as soon as they have one with a Mossy Oak handle). I am definitely going to buy one of their 8” butcher knives with Mossy Oak handle when it arrives at KnifeCenter.com. It seems like a knife our mountain men/pioneer ancestors would have approved of. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> With tariffs starting last week on imported goods from China, now would be a good time to buy, before the prices go up on the next shipment. This knife is for fun. Become a kid, again. Throw it, and plant it in the ground, or in a tree. Chop, whack, hack, and carve stuff. This is a great truck/ATV knife. And, if the Pentagon ever calls you back to active duty to rescue P.O.W.’s in the jungles of South East Asia, you’ll have just the knife for the job.