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Bark River steel

Discussion in 'Knife Reviews & Testing' started by Glassman1, May 27, 2019.

  1. bikerector

    bikerector Gold Member Gold Member

    Nov 16, 2016
    Are all/most of the mislabeled issues a thing of the past or are they still putting out shady product? I'm just curious as I think some of their knives look nice, but so do others and that's usually what I go with, especially from the knifemaker's market on the forum. I know they're not as bad as survive knives, who I won't even buy second hand, but I'm curious if BRK has "cleaned up their act" or if it's still one I should avoid... because there are plenty of other knives to choose from of equal and better quality at similar or better price points.

    I'm not entirely against a guy who makes good stuff being a twit, but he should certainly let someone else do the customer service side if he is rude.
     
  2. 353

    353 Gold Member Gold Member

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    Feb 20, 2015
    I have a knife in their 3V steel. It is amazing, I have batoned the hell out of this knife. Still shaving sharp.

    DBK on youtube have also extensively tested BRKT's 3v, and it is one of, if not their favourite steels.
     
  3. Cobalt

    Cobalt Gold Member Gold Member

    Dec 23, 1998
    Whatfor5 on youtube does not care for BRKT's and has video to show why? So what. A youtuber has opinions like anyone else.

    Kinda hard to agree with a youtuber(DBK) who believes that a polished handle no guard or ricasso knife(BRKT) makes a good knife for the field. I guess they have never gotten a knife wet or bloody.
     
  4. brownshoe

    brownshoe I support this site with my MIND

    Sep 6, 2002
    Whether or not its a thing of the past, nobody but the people who work there can know that. Mixing up steel or improperly heat treating more than once pretty much makes the people who make the knives untrustworthy and a good reason to take your cash elsewhere.

    The person behind the company has a long negative history so if they've "cleaned up their act" it certainly isn't their first time for redemption. I've had one interaction online, and "rude" isn't what I'd call it. It's beyond rude, highly aggressive and it had nothing to do with Bark River knives.
     
  5. 353

    353 Gold Member Gold Member

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    Feb 20, 2015
    I don't hunt so have no experience with blood, water however will only make a micarta handle more grippy.
     
  6. Cobalt

    Cobalt Gold Member Gold Member

    Dec 23, 1998
  7. Cobalt

    Cobalt Gold Member Gold Member

    Dec 23, 1998
  8. 353

    353 Gold Member Gold Member

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    Feb 20, 2015
    I'm so f...... tired of hearing of the incident of the mixed steels from BRKT, and yes I know the owner handled it the wrong way.. How many times do we need to go through this?

    Is there any cases in the last years?

    The 3V from BRKT is very very good, time tested and I really like some of their designs. Lots of handle materials to choose from and very nice handle shapes.

    What I will say though is that they need a little do over in the grinding department on some of their knives..
     
  9. Cobalt

    Cobalt Gold Member Gold Member

    Dec 23, 1998
    It is not just one issue. It goes to the overall character when there are many negative things going on. If it was just one instance, then I would agree why bring it up. But when issues keep popping up it is kinda hard not to bring up all in context to show an overall character, no? I mean you want the buyer to beware don't you.

    Yes there is plenty cases:

    https://www.bladeforums.com/threads...th-brand-new-bark-river-gunny-cpm-3v.1584777/

    https://bladeforums.com/threads/general-update.1436280/

    https://www.bladeforums.com/threads/bark-river-again.1463481/
     
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  10. 353

    353 Gold Member Gold Member

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    Feb 20, 2015
    Yeah, you got me there, but I do believe the big majority of the bathces coming from BRKT are correct steel and with all the attention that has been brought on to this I think they really need to be aware of any more of this happening. So it is logical to think they would make sure this is not gonna happen again, thus I think it is safe to buy a newer production knife from BRKT(maybe a bit hard to verify the prod. date..)

    Gonna put some drops on my two 3v's from BRKT and see what happens overnight.
     
  11. Cobalt

    Cobalt Gold Member Gold Member

    Dec 23, 1998
    I would hope that what you presume would be correct, but I just cannot bring myself to believe it. I was exited about ordering a Forrest Bowie from an official retailer. It arrived with the tip broken off. There was no damage to the box and the knife was sealed in the original paper and sheath in plastic. So it was obvious that it was untouched by anyone else. I have not had any knife arrive with a broken tip. A2 is a fairly tough steel and should not have easily broken. This just happened a few months ago. So when do things start to get better?
     
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  12. 353

    353 Gold Member Gold Member

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    Feb 20, 2015
    Ohh, that was you.. That is really bad..

    But I stand by my statement of how much beating my bushcrafter have taken and holding up great. I did have to hand regrind it a good deal(freehand on diamond plates as you can see :rolleyes:) and I did this prior to all the beating.

    And there are a lot lot of people beeing happy with their BRKT's, I know not everybody like the DBK channel but they have tested the 3v of BRKT exstensivly through several years.

    I just hope I see no rust tomorrow..

    [​IMG]
     
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  13. Cobalt

    Cobalt Gold Member Gold Member

    Dec 23, 1998
    They do make beautiful knives. If they could just be consistent and stand behind the product they would kill it.
     
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  14. fielder

    fielder

    602
    Jan 25, 2011
    Looking forward to an update about the water drops on 3v
     
  15. 353

    353 Gold Member Gold Member

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    Feb 20, 2015
    Well this morning the water was dried away and there was no sign of rust or pitting. :cool::thumbsup:

    [​IMG]
     
  16. fielder

    fielder

    602
    Jan 25, 2011
    That's good news.
     
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  17. JeffGW

    JeffGW

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    Feb 2, 2019
    Hi, All:
    I have been using a Bark River Ultralite Bushcrafter in 3V. I have had no issues with it and am impressed with its cutting performance and edge retention for everyday backpacking tasks.
     
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  18. Ripcord 82

    Ripcord 82

    162
    Feb 15, 2019
    That's my take on it too. I hunt and my BK Drop Point Hunter has good grip when wet or bloody.I've got the Black Micarta scales on mine. Of course, I have been using a Schrade Sharpfinger for about 30 or so years prior to the BK and now that is one slippery some-ma-gun. It's a difference between day and night in my humble opinion.
     
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