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Review Bushbaby slip joint by Stefan Diedericks Knives

Discussion in 'Knife Reviews & Testing' started by miso2, Dec 11, 2018.

  1. miso2

    miso2 Gold Member Gold Member

    Nov 19, 2014
    I've got a very nice handmade slip joint knife from Stefan Diedricks Knives.

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    The specs
    Code:
      Overall length:              160 mm (6.3”)
      Closed length:               90 mm (3.54”)
      Blade Length:                67 mm (2.64”)
      Blade thickness:             2.3 mm (0.09”)
      Edge thickness:              0.4 mm (0.016")
      Edge angle:                  15 DPS
      Blade material:              N690
      Blade grind:                 Hollow grind (?)
      Handle thickness:            10 mm (0.39”)
      Handle material:             G10 with brass liners
      Weight:                      59.5 g (2.1 oz)
      Lock type:                   Slip joint with half-stop
      Deployment method:           Nail nick
    
     
    Last edited: Dec 12, 2018
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  2. miso2

    miso2 Gold Member Gold Member

    Nov 19, 2014
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    Overall impressions

    It is a very well constructed slip joint knife.
    The pivot feels solid.
    The fit and finish is superb.
    The action is fantastic due to the quality finish and the design (see below).
    I am truly glad that I pulled the trigger for this baby.


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    Blade
    This sub 3" Zulu spear blade seems to be slightly hollow ground.
    The blade shape is very utilitarian.
    The grind can be a bit deeper to make it a better slicer.
    Nevertheless, it cuts pretty well after reprofiling to 15 DPS.


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    Handle
    The original Bushbaby comes with synthetic scales and liners.
    I asked Stefan to put brass liners instead.
    The red G10 is finished very nicely and pleasantly smooth.


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  3. miso2

    miso2 Gold Member Gold Member

    Nov 19, 2014
    Action
    It has a half-stop like GEC knives.
    The blade tang is not square but has a ramp down to the spring, which greatly reduces the tension to open the blade to the half-stop.
    This makes it easier to pinch open the blade with my left hand.
    From the half-stop, the tension becomes stronger to keep the blade secure.
    It is a very nice design.


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    At a glance, it looked running on washers.
    But, actually the liners are ground to make a kind of bushing.


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    Again, very nice design and construction.



    Fit and Finish
    Excellent.
    The centering (see above) is perfect.
    The gap between the blade and the spring is almost invisible.


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    The blade has a very nice satin finish at #800.


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    It is a really well made Zulu pattern pocket knife.
     
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  4. J D Wijbenga

    J D Wijbenga Gold Member Gold Member

    975
    Oct 17, 1998
    Good looking knife! Thanks for showing!
     
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  5. Joseph H.

    Joseph H.

    57
    Oct 20, 2018
    Love the brass and red g10 combination!
     
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  6. miso2

    miso2 Gold Member Gold Member

    Nov 19, 2014
    I got a second one from Stefan.
    The second one seems better in many aspects.
    I especially like the deeper hollow grind and the more stout spring.

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    To me, it is a good gentleman's non-locking carry.

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    Thanks @stefand !
     
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  7. J D Wijbenga

    J D Wijbenga Gold Member Gold Member

    975
    Oct 17, 1998
    That is a good, practical looking knife @miso2! Thin hollow ground sounds very nice!
     
  8. miso2

    miso2 Gold Member Gold Member

    Nov 19, 2014
    Thanks @J D Wijbenga
    The most slicey knife I have is Case Sod Buster Jr. owing to its thin blade stock and the hollow grind.
    Busybaby2 has a thicker blade, but the thickness behind the edge is smaller than Case, making it a little better slicer.
    Really love it!
     
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  9. J D Wijbenga

    J D Wijbenga Gold Member Gold Member

    975
    Oct 17, 1998
    Sounds good to me!
     

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