The 162 Bushcrafter is a Shane Sibert design. It features a high ground drop-point blade with polished finish. S30V stainless steel blade (58-60HRC). Hand-blended and contoured green G-10 handles with red vulcanized spacers held together with pressed titanium tubing. Brushed full-grain buckskin leather sheath with D-ring and flint rod loop and retention strap.
Very happy with this knife. It's a beefy piece of stainless that doesn't quit. It looks great too, and personally I really like the sheath. I agree with the other reviewer that including a fire starter would really complete the package. Overall, it just a good, basic, tough bush knife... and it's a nice medium weight as well, not a bad backcountry carry at all.. love it.
My new Bushcrafter 162 is the perfect size and weight for its role as a general purpose EDC knife. The sheath that Benchmade furnishes with it is nice enough but I had a custom sheath made that includes a dangler and that gives me the option of scout carry. (this is way too nice a knife to chance losing).Anyway the S30 V steel coupled with the excellent ergonomics of the G-10 handle slabs make this knife a joy to use even doing basic tasks such as cutting cardboard and cordage.The blades back edge throw sparks from a fero rod like my Mig-welder This is a great knife - if you buy it you won't be sorry ...BladeHQ has a good price on it too and they ship FAST!
If you are looking for a durable, versatile blade, this is it. I have chopped, carved, foraged, and batoned with this knife and it hold up to all the abuse. The ergonomics are great, and the sheath has held up really well, looks better than the index sheath.
Incredibly solid knife with great sheath.
I really have no complaints with this knife; fit and finish is flawless, the sheath is beautiful, and the blade is fantastic. The handle fits my hand like a glove in numerous grips, and the green is gorgeous. Blade geometry is nice, with a fairly slim thickness behind the edge (making it a decent slicer) but a relatively thick stock at the spine, carrying a good bit of the thickness to the tip lending excellent strength. S30V is great for a bushcraft knife, being extremely stainless and fantastic in edge retention. Of course, this is a rather unorthodox "bushcraft" knife, being a stainless steel rather than the traditional carbon, and a conventional grind rather than a scandy. Some nice touches specifically for bushcraft in this set include a ferro rod tube on the sheath and an intentionally sharp spine (which is quite sharp) for striking the rod. If you're in the market for a tool knife you can rely on to do just about anything with, this is it.
Received this as a Christmas present and couldn't be more pleased. It is a high quality high functioning piece of art. I love the knife and to date have not scratched, dented or worn away the tip. Even through abuse. Prying, stabbing sheet metal, ferro rod striking, dropping, cutting extension cords. No damage loss of performance, no loose scales, and not even a cosmetic blemish. I have read the carbon vs stainess discussions of better and worse based in this knifes performance I will buy S30V every time it is amazing. I will tell you this knife performs amazing and the spine throws showers of sparks. The handle complaints are unfounded in my opinion and this knife is worth every penny and more. My only complaint is the sheath is not friendly to lefties. I run it in a SPEC OIPS Combat Master medium now and the problem is fixed. I would ask the makers to consider us lefties in their production runs. Overall buy it you will not be dissapointed, and if you are beat the hell out of it like a cheap knife and be surprised by its years of use even then.
Great beefy knife that can handle batoning wood and make shavings. Could maybe use some thumb jimping, but the knife itself is great. Sheath is ok, there are aftermarket options out there, though. It could come with a dangler and ferro rod to really finish the package.