Benchmade Bushcrafter Sibert
There are many ways you could describe the Benchmade Bushcrafter Sibert, but elegant and refined, perhaps surprisingly, might come to mind first. This knife looks and, in many ways is, an incredibly well engineered tool for bushcraft. Take the best of modern knife design and technology and apply it to some of the most basic human survival skills and you have the Benchmade Bushcrafter Sibert.
Incredible performance and ergonomics. Benchmade has no interest in making crap, and its demonstrated in this knife too. This is absolutely a knife you can rely on because Benchmade has included every single bell and whistle in terms of materials while maintaining the type of simplicity characteristic of a bushcraft knife.
I personally love the buckskin sheath, and its a stark departure from a lot of popular bushcraft knives that are kydex’d up. Its a classic design with room for a ferro rod, and it fits like a glove. So often the sheath is the last thought in a production knife, but I see it as an essential piece, and have passed on great knives simply because of the sheath. However, if you’re not a fan of synthetic material like the G-10 handle scales, Benchmade makes it up in the use of a handsome and functional buckskin sheath.
Whew! Did you see that price tag? Wow…
This is on the highest edge of every day carry type of bushcrafting equipment, and youre nudging into custom knife territory with the Bushcrafter. But, Id say that if you ever did order a custom using this type of material, it could easily cost you twice the amount. So, if its material and engineering thats important to you, then you may be able to justify the lift.
The Benchmade Bushcrafter Sibert is not an inexpensive knife and, accordingly, the materials used to manufacture this knife, and the ways that they are combined, are very impressive. From the steel to the handle, everything about it is meant to stand up to rugged abuse and provide safe, fine control over what you’re doing at the same time.
The knife has a total length of 9.2”. The blade takes up 4.43 inches of that total length and is provided with a beautiful drop point. Anyone with a Benchmade paid for it and even the look of this knife probably makes people who paid for it glad they did.
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What’s good about this knife is far beyond what’s on the surface, however. That 4.43” of steel is made out of S30V stainless, a blade material that goes off the beaten path in terms of what’s normally used in bushcraft knives but that makes a very good choice, indeed.
S30V is a great cutlery steel. It has excellent wear resistance and is very tough. It takes a wicked edge and is widely regarded for its ability to perform well in many different roles. It has a hardness of 58-60 on the Rockwell scale, easily making it competitive with all of the best bushcraft knives out there.
The S30V stainless may throw you off for a second, but don’t be put off at all by using a stainless as your bushcraft knife steel. It definitely has its advantages and Benchmade wouldn’t be likely to put their name on something that wasn’t up to the highest standards, of course.
The Benchmade Bushcrafter Sibert has a green, G-10 handle that gives a very modern look to it. The sheath comes complete with a retainer for a fire starter. It also has a D-ring on it and is made of brushed buckskin. This knife sells for over $150, so it’s nice to see that Benchmade took the time to make sure that even the sheath was designed to be durable and attractive.