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Old December 24, 2012, 11:51   #1
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Bark River Knives

This is one that I have, Bravo 1, great piece, and made right here in Michigan.

I have the green micarta handle model. Worth every penny.

http://www.barkriverknifetool.com/SAR-Bravo-1.htm

http://www.barkriverknifetool.com/SAR-Bravo-1CPMs.htm
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Have heard good things about these! Is the convex edge any problem to sharpen?
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I've got several Blackjack knives. These are also made by Bark River Knife and Tool and feature convex grinds.

My understanding is that a slack belt grinder and the knowledge to use it is required to sharpen/restore a damaged convex edge.

Convex edges being very resilient typically require only the use of a strop and compound for keeping them sharp. Knives Ship Free offers a two sided strop and compound (sourced from BRKT) for maintaining these knives.
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Thank you! I had read something like that and it was the reason I've kinda stayed away from them...I have an early Cold Steel Trail Master that is convex ground...don't use it much but have messed with it enough to screw up the edge a little. I got it back by free handing it on a diamond stone per the instructions on the Fallkniven site but it's still not perfect. The belly and rear part are a more acute grind and razor sharp but the tip is really thick and fully convexed....lot harder to get right. I got it pretty sharp.

Great reviews for the Bark River and the Blackjack knives...really good steel so I read. I try to read Mike Stewart's posts over on one of the knife forums.

FP, do you strop yours or have they stayed pretty sharp on their own due to the grind and great steel? Still might end up with one of those stag Airforce survival styles...I forget the model number.
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Old December 24, 2012, 21:39   #5
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Honestly, at this point none of mine I have been used enough to warrant as little as a touch up. I've got the strop and the compounds, I just haven't put these knives to a real test yet.

Currently I am in the throws of an ESEE addiction,which of course use conventional bevel grinds making them straightforward to sharpen.
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Have heard good things about these! Is the convex edge any problem to sharpen?
Not a problem to sharpen. I have the 3V blade and you can chop saplings with this knife with no problems.

A must-have is a leather pad to draw the edge across to remove the wire off of the edge.
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Old December 27, 2012, 01:06   #7
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Honestly, at this point none of mine I have been used enough to warrant as little as a touch up. I've got the strop and the compounds, I just haven't put these knives to a real test yet.

Currently I am in the throws of an ESEE addiction,which of course use conventional bevel grinds making them straightforward to sharpen.
I too am a massive ESEE fan... can't get enough. Love Bark River too...

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