About 11 months ago I was completely floored and blown away by an email that I received from Cody at Adventure Sworn. Somehow I was lucky enough to have won a custom knife from they in a give away from BushcraftUSA. The knife was built to see hard use and be tougher than hobnail boots. So far it has lived up to its purpose.
Let me first give the specifications of this incredible knife.
Steel: O1 high carbon tool steel, 59 RC hardness
Blade Thickness: 9/64
Overall Length: Roughly 9 inches
Cutting Edge Length: 4-1/4 inches
Handle: Brown canvas micarta, red/cinnamon red liners, brass corby bolts & tubing
Handle Thickness: 4/5
Sheath: Adventure red
As you can see, it has definitely been used quite a bit. I clean it every time I get back from the woods and do an oil soak on the blade each time it gets wet. Unfortunately in the area where I live rust and moss grow on everything. It is very wet and creates a tremendous hardship on people trying to keep their equipment looking pretty. Even with how much I have used and beat this knife up, I have only had to put in on a strop a few times. This knife holds an edge like no other I have ever been around.
When I speak about “using” a knife, I must remind you what that entails. Of course it is used to cut meats and for camp chores. It also does my fire processing. This means that it makes feather/fuzz sticks, batons through wood, whittles spoons and cups, processes game, occasional pry bar, and any other number of required tasks that crop up in the field. I can attest that this knife will take it and ask for more.
If you have ever considered spending money on a custom or high quality bushcraft knife, do it. These knifes are really lifetime tools if you take care of them, even with the hard use. This bad boy will eventually be passed down and will become an heirloom item.
Once I get my GoPro purchased in the next few months, I will post some videos of this guy at work. Until then I will answer any questions I can, but my main point is that spending $400-$500 on a lifetime use item really is not that much different than spending the same on a rifle or pistol. This is really one of the highest quality tools you could ever purchase.
Thanks again to Cody and Adventure Sworn for this incredible tool. I know it will have to go back to their shop sometime next year for a spa treatment, but I am worried as to how I will get along without it while they do their thing……
I have had an AS Classic for a while and just got my long-awaited Explorer today. That inspired me to go out and look at others’ experience with their Adventure Sworn knives.
I would agree with pretty much everything you say here.