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It‘s been a while since I was in the forest with my Bark River Knives Boone and so it is time to give you guys an update and an „after action report“.
Since the knife is from BRK I knew it wouldn‘t disappoint in practical terms. To be honest though I had a struggle to use the knife. Not out of fear it could fail me but only because it is such a beauty!
As the moment of truth arrived, I overcame my hesitancy and went through my usual routine.
At first I took a branch of a fallen tree and tried to chop it into a usable length. This wasn‘t so easy since the Boone is carefully balanced and the blade lenght is not that long. Therefore it is not top-heavy and not that good for chopping. Nevertheless did the knife a good job and worked itself through the wood.
One part of the branch was afterwards used as baton and the other part was to be split. The batoning itself was no problems as long as the length of the blade allowed. There were no problems, no dents, no chipping or such. Also the blade kept its edge.
Afterwards I put the tip through its paces. Neither the stabbing nor the drilling damaged the knife‘s tip. Insofar you can use this knife without hesitation to get an arrow head out of the wood, if necessary.
As always I used a hazelnut branch to do some carving. Doing so the knife showed me that it didn‘t loose its edge during the previous tasks. It went through the wood without hesitation. The bowie shape of the blade and the convex grind clearly worked as an advantage here. The only thing that bothered me was the fingerguard which pressed itself into my hand. In this regard everyone has to decide for himself if it would be more practicable to choose the hunter version of the boone with its different fingerguard.
At the end I took the hazelnut branch and shortened the stick with some batoning. Even here the knife performed very good with only a few hits and the blade did not get damaged at all.
Neither the Fingerguard nor the handle materials (which are stacked on the tang) got loose or damaged. The knife was cleaned very fast and easily and with a little bit of oil it was back in its previous state.
The edged spine of the blade makes it easy to scrap sparks from a firesteel. I think you can see that clearly in the video.
In conclusion I find that Bark river Knives made a wonderful knife which is not only fitted for presentation but is also able to make quite an impression in the field. The only thing I have to think of is how to take care of the leather sheath and the leather elements in the handle. Other than that the knife will be with me next time I am in the forest for sure.
Here is the video
Hopefully I could give you a better insight to the Bark River Knives Boone and complete my previous review of this beautiful knife.
Thank you for your patience!