Tuesday, November 4, 2008

This is my medium "BushCraft" Survival Folder

Sometimes when you are working outside a lot in hot weather or even in cool weather you just want a good general purpose beater that is highly resistant to rusting, still keeps a good edge and is light weight with enough size to still do some big jobs and enough strength, toughness and reliability to work bigger than it's footprint would indicate at first glance. It helps if its comfortable in all grip types likely to be needed in the field, fairly balanced and has ample handle for good leverage. This folder fits the bill for me. Its a nice frame lock folder with a great blade I made in 440C hardened to 59 Rockwell with teflon washers in the 3/16" pivot for maintenance free use. I'm late getting this one posted actually because its been around a while.  I have actually cleaned this one off in puddles with no worries. I clean it under the facet now and then too. Its a care free user compared to my hawkbill with the carbon steel blade. Much as I love the nostalgia of the old carbon blades I do like a care free user. This Ouparator is a bit lighter than my Hawkbill and weighs in at 3.3 ounces. It is 4.25 inches closed and has a 2 and 7/8" blade length. It has a textured G10 overscale for some added grip on the non lock side that adds some warmth to the handle as well as a better thumb purchase to extract it from the pocket.

I also put one of my standard titanium pocket clips on this one that is virtually invisible in the hand due to the way it sits low on the handle. Since this one was done for me I cut the lock short on it, and the lock cuts are left pretty thick where I bend the lock to give it the spring tension it needs to secure the blade when opened. As a result the lock is a bit stout for some folks. Its not so stout that it off centers the blade when closed but its a bit harder to move to close the blade than most folders of this size thanks to the beefy spring tension I incorporated into it when I built it. I like it and wanted it extra stout for my extra stout thumb. Most folks think I tighten the pivot too tight for their tastes. I feel most modern liner and frame lock knives are too close to gravity knives personally and I don't want one opening by accident in my pocket or if I fall down while I'm out cutting down fire wood or something like that. I just made myself get used to a little more umph to open the blades on my own knives. Over time I've just gotten used to that feel and tend to like it best now. Anyone else can adjust the tension to their own liking but for me, I like em stout. This folder works bigger than it is and has taken some pretty extreme tests and went right through them. I'm fairly happy with it overall. It had already seen a good bit of use before these pics so there are already some tell tale signs of that in these pictures. Still I wanted to take some and get them up. 

After using this one for about a year I decided to give it to my brother as a gift. Thanks for looking.

By the way, just as a short reminder, you can see and read more about my Ouparator folder in the Sept. posts to the right and above.

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7 comments:

dubylsyx said...

Officially, this is currently my favorite knife in my STR stable... It's so light, I forget it's in my pocket most of the time.

STR said...

Just don't forget in the wrong place and you'll be fine. It should last a good long while for you. Every now and then check that the screws are all tight. Thats about the only maintenance they need really other than an occasional spot of grease on the detent ball on the lock inside. Use a toothpick for that and a small dab of gun grease. If one or more screws backs out on you some of that blue loctite from Lowes will fix that up if you put some on the threads and tighten it to where it belongs.

dubylsyx said...

Roger that... I keep in on my dresser or in my pocket... Won't be misplacing it (or losing it in the woods). :)

I slobbered all over Rob's CF/Damascus... I'd say you should put pictures of it up here, but then you'd have to make 150 of 'em for all the interested buyers.

dubylsyx said...

Also wanted to check w/ ya' on getting the lowrider clip on mine... I love the way Rob's rides in my pocket. I could carry her ANYWHERE then and no one would be the wiser.

STR said...

I don't do the damascus very often. Only done three. A low rider on yours should not be a problem at all. Just need the knife back briefly to do it so I know where to make the fold over. If I shoot from the hip I'm likely to overhang it off the end of the folder and it would probably look odd.

STR

STR said...

Oh, there is one other of the damascus models posted here further back under "Ouparator" and it was the first one. Both the second and third were near identical with the exception that one was brown, the other green. Both had carbon fiber non lock sides though and low rider clips also.

STR

dubylsyx said...

I'll get with ya' sometime over the summer and send ya' my BushCraft... And it's really been a GREAT knife thus far, by the way. I've cut down several saplings with it when a saw wasn't available... And it did the work then cleaned up beautifully. Hard as a coffin nail that thing is...