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Cold Steel - Friday !

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Two Cold Steel knives arrived today !

1) Cold Steel Bushman
2) Cold Steel Finn Wolf

Lets get straight to processing fatwood .

Cold Steel Bushman - The first thing that hits you is the MASSIVE , ( I mean massive ) hand fatigue . It actually hurt like a SOB slapping my hand with a hammer to process fatwood with the Bushman . After processing two pieces of Bunnings Fatwood I gave up on the Bushman , ..... my hand still aches !

Cold Steel Finn Wolf - This knife is the complete opposite of the Bushman , where the Bushman hurt you . The Finn Wold was just plain comfortable and easy to use . The Scandi edge just sliced wood , piece after piece . After half a dozen pieces were processed I decided to stop as I had the information I needed . I came inside and cleaned the blade with WD40 to get rid of the resin on the blade , then sliced some paper . The Finn Wold sliced paper with no issues what so ever . No rolled edge , nothing . I dare say it was like I had never used it at all .

I will post a review on the Bushman shortly : Finn Wolf , when I have time !
 

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Ok ...
Sheath is plastic (?)
Has a small ferro rod included as part of the package .. ( That's nice )
Cold Steel Bushman can't do anything with the ferro as all non edge surfaces are rounded !!!!
So ? What's with that ?
Slicing rope , the edge rolled at the 50 slice mark ..... Yeah , 50 slices !
Processing fatwood - The knife HURT ! As it put the hurt on my hand !
Processing two pieces of Bunnings fatwood was enough ! My hand was in PAIN !

Oh dear !

I put the the Bushman to the wet stone grinder and the 60 grit wheel .
I was aiming for about a 20 degree bevel , there about's ! And I got a 20 degree bevel .
Hmmmm , the grinder seem to feel that the Bushman is a bit soft !
I will slice rope again and see what happens with the 60 grit 20 degree edge .
As this first rope slice was with the factory edge 0h !!! Which bye the way was on the terrible side of things .. As in FUBAR !
Till next time ... ( Next time the bushman hits the rope )
 

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Back . for take two !
2nd bite of the rope ..
2nd chance to impress ..
2nd chance not to suck ..

Oh dear ! So a 100 slice fail ..
That's kind of bottom of the barrel performance ! ( In my book )
Did I mention that this knife felt soft on the grinder ? I think I did .

As far as a knife goes , the Cold Steel Bushman Bites the Big One !
As a spear point and the Legality of Such in what ever state of Oz ?????????????????

I have mentioned in the past that a soft knife ( blade steel ) might make for a decent survival tool , as softer steel will be easier to maintain without modern sharpening implements . And the Bushman does strop back relatively easily . So I guess that's a big plus ?
As a knife , in hindsight ! I would give this one a big miss . Don't know I would call it a waste of money ? Very tempted too do that . But I can see a purpose in the madness of the bushman . Even though personally I would call it a terrible knife !
 
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