Monday, December 30, 2013

Ferhman knives Thru hiker

Fehrman knives Thru Hiker

Today i will be reviewing the Fehrman knives Thru hiker
Specs.(taken from Fehrman's website)
Blade Size: 3" x 1.25" x .19" 
Overall Length: 7.5" 
Steel: CPM-3V 
Hardness: 57-59 Rc 
Handle: Skeleton (No Slabs)

Short Review:  This knife is awesome.  The ergos without handle scales are among the best out there.  The 3V steel is tough and has good edge retention and pretty darn stain resistant.  the hardness of the steel can be both a pro and a con depending on your sharpening skills.  The kydex sheath that comes with it has very good blade retention and is high quality.   There is one major downfall to this knife:Price to performance: you can find alot of blades in this category that will do the same job for alot less money


Ergos:  the ergos on this knife are amazing.  the combination of a thumb ramp and then a thumb depression and a choil make this knife very controllable.  i cleaned a squirrel with it and was not surprised how comfortable is was during that process (note: i have med. sized hands)

Steel:  This is my first and only knife in CPM-3V and so far i am really impressed by its performance so far.
i have carved,cleaned animals,and cut boxes/paper with this knife for over six months before now having to sharpen it.  it came with a razor sharp edge and kept it for a long time before going down to a working sharp
i would put it on par with SR101 in edge retention
2. A2

Sharpenablity:  this steel quite a bit more difficult to sharpen compared to 1095 and A2 and is about on par with SR101 in my experience if you are not very good at sharpening you might have a bit of difficulty sharpening it.   If you generally know what you are doing you will be fine

Warranty: from what i have gathered is that the warranty is very good in practice and the CS at Ferhman is very helpful 
(as taken from Ferhman's website)

Our Guarantee

Fehrman Knives are Guaranteed not to fail… for life.

If you unintentionally damage your knife, we will recondition or replace it.

Sheath: very good blade retention and is thin.  no problems here

Price to performance and possible competitors:  this is the area that in my opinion are where this knife suffers.  you can simply find many knives that will do the same job just as well.

ESEE izula
KABAR BK 11 and 14
SURVIVE necker
BARK RIVER bravo necker 1 and 2

for 155 shipped the price is a bit high for what you are getting
but if you have that money and want something from ferhman or in 3v look no further.
added note you can look around the forums and see if one will pop up used

here is a pic with the knife in the sheath

the knife

choked up grip

regular grip

hope the review was helpful and informative
if you have any question,concerns, or if you are an knife manufacturer wanting to get a honest review
let me know by email or the comments

Sunday, December 1, 2013

Swamp rat RatManDu

Today i will review quite possibly one of the best knives to every come out of the bussekin shop
the RatManDu
i will also compare it to its possible competitors: the ESEE 5 and BRKT bravo 1.5 rampless and ESEE 6
Grading criteria: 1-needs work-10-excellent
steel: 8
Fit and finish:10
Price to performance: 7

overall: 9/10
the ergos is the reason this knife has really gotten a following with the busse/kin following.  combined with the good steel and great warranty.  This is a great choice for a 5in fixed blade knife.  the cons are minor and mostly avoidable if you take care of your knives

( as taken from SWKW website)
GRIND: Saber

Steel: 9
SR101 is a modified ball bearing steel(52100) with the Jerry Busse's heat treat.  The heat treat makes a already excellent blade steel even better.
the steel is very tough and i have not had any problems with chipping or rolling
the edge retention is also very good.  it is better then esee's 1095 and just a bit better then bark river's A2
 the only sector were this blade steel suffers is rust resistance as it is a carbon steel blade. 1095 is just as bad.  A2 trumps it with a bit more rust resistance.  but if you take care of your blades, it should be fine.

Ergos: 10
this is were this knife shines.  It just fits.  I have experienced no hotspots using it.  the choil is either hit or miss for alot of people, some like them. some hate them.  i think it fits this knife but it could go without one.

Fit and finish: 10
no problems here.  it is excellent.  the tolerances are tight there is no gap or play between the scales and steel.
note: the scales are non removable but you can send it in to the shop and get them to change the scales if you want

warranty: 10
on print the warranty is excellent.  and from what i have gathered it is very good in practice as well.
on par with ESEE's no questions ask and maybe even a bit better then bark river's (note i have only used esee's warranty personalty)

Price to performance:7
while this blade is not cheap at 172 shipped without the sheath in my opinion the ergos and the steel makes the knife well worth it.
but that goes without saying that there are other knives out there that would do the job just as well for a little less money. EX. ESEE 6,ESEE 5,multiple TOPS knives,ect.

camping: ESEE 5; the thickness makes the esee an excellent spliter and since the weight is not a major concern i would take the esee 5
hiking: RMD; i would take the RMD on a hiking trip over esee because of the weight.

RMD vs Bravo 1.5
camping:Bravo 1.5: the bravo 1.5's thickness and extra blade length helps with camp chores i would take either or.
hiking:Tie: the weight on the 1.5 is very close to the RMD and is not a major concern.  the real deciding factor would be situation/environmental; in a wetter climate the coating of the RMD helps keep rust at bay while the bare finish of the 1.5 might develop some rust.

camping:RMD; i would take the RMD over the 6 because of the ergos.  the handle of the 6 are not nearly as ergonomic as the RMD.
hiking:RMD;  the weight on these two knives are very similar and not a major concern.  But once again the RMD trumps the esee 6 in this sector because of the ergos.  Im not saying the 6 is a bad knife but it is a bit too boxy of a handle.  still comfy but not as comfortable as the RMD

Sheathing recommendations:
kydex: Godspeedtatical and Glockcrazz and buy brown; all of these guys make excellent sheaths and have very good customer service
also there is the spec. ops brand sheaths.

here are some pics:

if you have any questions or concerns please email me or comment down below