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Bark River Sahara

New box of merchandise came in last night and just started getting it listed in the store this morning.  In the box were a few Bark River knives and one is the Bark River Sahara.  I like it!

 

Bark River Sahara
Bark River Sahara

I’ve used the Bark River Gameskeeper II and always like the generously proportioned handle combined with a large, heavy duty blade.  Possibly not an EDC belt knife, but the Gameskeeper II was perfect for heavy duty cutting, chopping and batoning.  After handling the Bark River Sahara and comparing it to the Gameskeeper II, it’d be a great alternative if you don’t need the extra heft.

Bark River Sahara (L) Gameskeeper II (R)
Bark River Sahara (L) Gameskeeper II (R)

Handle length and shape is similar on both knives, but the slightly slimmer blade/tang on the Sahara (.140″) compared to the Gameskeeper II (.220″) can be felt when you grab the handle.

Bark River Sahara
Bark River Sahara

The more rounded contours of the handle (resulting from the slimmer tang) also made the knife feel deceptively smaller then it is.

Bark River Sahara
Bark River Sahara

The Bark River Sahara comes in a leather sheath with a lanyard loop.  I like the deep carry sheaths so much better then the snap or button ‘security’ straps.  Your knife is easily accessible and quickly deployed when you need it.  It’s a bit like a good pistol holster.  I want it easily accessible and easy to reholster.  The last thing I want is a strap hanging in the way when I’m trying to resheath my knife with just one hand.

My first impression is I think I could easily take the Bark River Sahara into the woods instead of the Gameskeeper II quite comfortably.  A2 Steel, Convex grind, Micarta handle….what’s not to like?

Bark River Mini Fox Rivers added today!

Just added some of the Mini Fox Rivers from Bark River Knife and tool.  Both have Black Micarta handles but one has the A2 high carbon blade while the other has the CPM S35VN stainless blade.  I’ve yet to use one of the CPM steel knives but have read good things about the steel.  Supposedly it’s a minor improvement over the ATS series, but I guess, every little bit helps!!

I’ll repeat it again, I’m a big fan of the smaller EDC bushcraft knives and this could prove to be another addition to my kit.  Nice fit and feel in your hand with plenty of steel to do the job!!!  As far as the CPM or the A2, while I haven’t used the CPM I can say I’ve been really happy with the performance of Bark Rivers A2.


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