It was about five years ago when Americans first caught wind of bushcraft, but the term’s been alive and well in Australia and the U.K. for ages. Author Reuben Bolieu explains, “If you ask someone from the bushcraft crowd what a knife designed for bushcrafting should look like, rest assured it will resemble the knife that started it all: the Woodlore, made in England and popularized by Ray Mears, or something similar.” More specifically, we’re talking a spear-point blade of O1 tool steel or carbon steel, about 4 inches long with a Scandinavian grind and leather dangler sheath. But Benchmade Knife Company is breaking that mold. The 162 Bushcrafter uses titanium tubing for the handle fasteners and has an overall length of 9.2 inches with a 4.43-inch blades that does not have a Scandi grind. Bolieu used the 162 Bushcrafter on green wood and dry, for cutting, drilling, planing, splitting and more. Find out how the thin-ground knife held up to everything the outdoors threw at it, in the November 2013 issue of Tactical Knives, available on newsstands and digitally on July 23, 2013. To subscribe, go to

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