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My New KOA Bush Camp Knife

Discussion in 'Blades' started by DomC, May 6, 2014.


  1. DomC

    DomC Monkey

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    Made in the Good Ole USA... :)
    Knives Of Alaska Bush Camp Knife.

    1) Metal: D2.
    2) Rockwell Hardness: 59-61.
    3) Bevel: 18 - 20°.
    4) Knife Length: 10-1/2".
    5) Blade Length: 6".
    6) Blade Thickness: .140".
    7) Handle: Black rubberized Suregrip.
    8) Weight: 8.3 oz.
    9) Sheath: Vegetable Tanned Oiled Leather.
    10) Super sharp from the box!
    I haven't had the time to take her out but from the reviews I believe I'll be happyX3...Thanx for looking!
    DomC
     
  2. NWPilgrim

    NWPilgrim Monkey++

    Just bought a KOS Alpha Wolf for one of my daughters. I was thinking of getting a Bush Camp myself. Good quality for the price. Also considering a Bark River Bravo but it is almost twice the price.
     
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  3. DomC

    DomC Monkey

    Well. yesterday I put the Bush Camp knife to a little test, first in the kitchen then outdoors. I used the knife to prep some veggies for some chili and it worked like a premium chef's knife. I had stropped it to a razor's edge and it sliced and minced flawlessly.
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    and this for seasoning.
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    I browned a lb of ground chuck and here is the result. Served it over some al dente spaghetti pasta...delicious!
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    I was surprised at how the knife handled. I choked up on the choil and carved a nice pothook and the carved point was easy with the edge being so sharp. The handle is easy on the hands too. It makes great feather sticks and the last pic is a baggie of Sabal Palm frond shavings. The spine is ground to a sharp ninety degree and I used it to smooth the point and it makes good sparks with a ferro rod (LMF).
    I am very pleased with this knife and I would highly recommend it to anyone looking for a good inexpensive and high quality GP camp knife. Thanx for looking..
    DomC
     
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  4. NWPilgrim

    NWPilgrim Monkey++

    Great write up!

    I would like to hear any experience someone has with the KOA Wolverine Magnum. Appears to be a hand size in between the Alpha Wolf and Bush Camp. But I cannot find any locally to handle.
     
  5. M118LR

    M118LR Caution: Does not play well with others.

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  6. DomC

    DomC Monkey

    Nice looking blade you got there! KOA makes great knives for sure!

    Dom
     
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  7. M118LR

    M118LR Caution: Does not play well with others.

    I believe you have seen this blade on another network prior to 2014. But if memory serves me, I thought you where an ESEE kind of guy? It's always nice to sample what's available. JMHO.
     
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  8. DomC

    DomC Monkey

    I own many knives and I own 2 Esee knives, a Candiru and a Izula II. I don't consider myself an Esee kinda guy.
     
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  9. M118LR

    M118LR Caution: Does not play well with others.

    No offense meant, hope none was taken. There are many other other networks, perhaps there are more than one DomC. The DomC I was referencing was a strong believer in the Rowen heat treatment, the points of his debate were so strong it lead me to purchase a Rowen Heat Treated ESEE knife. Enjoy your KOA, is it still in use or has it been supplanted?
     
  10. DomC

    DomC Monkey

    I still have my KOA and use it occasionally...
     
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  11. Andy the Aussie

    Andy the Aussie Monkey+++ Founding Member

    That is a nice looking blade..! I am however an ESEE kind'a guy ;)
     
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  12. M118LR

    M118LR Caution: Does not play well with others.

    Gave them away during X-mas gift swapping on other networks. But the Original Ontario RATS still seem to hold a place in the bags. Wonder why?
     
  13. Andy the Aussie

    Andy the Aussie Monkey+++ Founding Member

    I have an original RAT5 as well (along with around 170 other pieces of sharpened metal), it is a nice functional blade. I think Rowen do a better job with 1095 however. That said your average punter will not notice the difference.
     
  14. M118LR

    M118LR Caution: Does not play well with others.

    Perhaps I'm not as skilled as your average punter, but I'm not so uneducated as to ask what Rowen has accomplished with D2 steel that Ontario hasn't done better?
     
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