Coated or bare INFI?

Discussion in 'Busse Combat Knives' started by Robdude, Oct 4, 2019.

  1. Robdude

    Robdude Gold Member Gold Member

    Feb 27, 2015
    Cost aside, I'm curious if anyone actually prefers coated over satin or industrial grade? The 1st busses, SY, an SRs I bought were coated. one day I sprung for a fat Ash1 that was satin and I have NEVER looked back.. infi in the nude all the way for me. What say you?

    JACKMANDU Gold Member Gold Member

    Feb 10, 2019
    #1- satin
    #2- BIG satin
    #3- stripped

    Bare INFI all the way!
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  3. edgeweasy


    Jan 19, 2018
    Well, got to know Busse knives decades ago when some weirdos were beating the crap out of knives. That thing was called "" or something alike...anyway saw the busses perform there and ever dreamed of having One, But somehow this was impossible due to money and Country and and and..gosh where am i...Ah Yes coating.
    Well i like to use my knives and coating offers me some extra protection layer, and when you see the amount of Stress and Friction that it needs to ruin that Layer, well then you can cut and chop a good while, unless you us it against cinderblocks.

    So conclusio: Not that id have anything against dc or competition, But a Layer of colorcoating does if for me.
    Extra conclusio: im not waging wars against anyone but a Dark busse Blade literary fades Into nite when a satin or other polish just radiates...but again thats just my cup.

    Greets weasy
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  4. UNRL Ghandi

    UNRL Ghandi Gold Member Gold Member

    Oct 24, 2013
    I'm the same except my #2 after satin is competition finish.

    #1 satin
    #2 competition finish
    #3 BIG satin
    #4 stripped

    But like edgeweasy mentioned, my "combat" knife is CG black/black micarta in a leather sheath since it's quieter than kydex.
  5. StoneAndSteel

    StoneAndSteel Gold Member Gold Member

    Feb 24, 2019
    I like coated just fine for a field knife especially when I am worried about keeping INFI dry. But I think most users aren’t going to get stuck in positions where they can’t properly care for their knives in the field. That being said, I don’t own any more coated Busse’s. I just accept that the blade will need some TLC when I get back.
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  6. PABladeGuy

    PABladeGuy Platinum Member Platinum Member

    Sep 11, 2018
    Satin, DC, then coated. I'm a sucker for shiny blades. Prettier, in my opinion
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  7. Bigfattyt

    Bigfattyt Gold Member Gold Member

    Jun 23, 2007
    I prefer bare Infi.
  8. wolverinealpha1


    Apr 6, 2010
    Comp for handling and drooling over and enjoying at home and maybe batoning.

    Coated for my survival/combat kit because of less maintenance, lower reflectivity, and the fact that the decarb rusting issue has been solved for years so even scratched up coated is still less maintenance than satin, comp, stripped, or Double Cut.
    Last edited: Oct 4, 2019
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  9. Steven65

    Steven65 Traditional Hog Platinum Member

    Mar 11, 2008
    Satin for me please.

    If I could get the custom shop to strip and satin finish every one of my coated blades I would.
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  10. Currawong

    Currawong Gold Member Platinum Member Gold Member

    May 19, 2012
    I like stripping users but keeping the coating on under the slabs........ I wonder if this helps with rust prevention under the handles better than factory satin?
  11. Ryker

    Ryker Gold Member Gold Member

    Dec 16, 2015
    Definitely bare nekkid INFI.

    1) B.I.G.
    2) Satin
    3) DCBB

    I really like that with not much effort, I can sand DCBB for a Ghetto Satin at a lower price.

    That said, I miss the Tanker Gray coating. I mean, it’s the closest to the color of steel, what’s not to like. :cool:
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  12. wolverinealpha1


    Apr 6, 2010
    I remember thinking about this when I was a youngster just learning about survival knives. This stuff kept me up all night
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  13. PeteyTwoPointOne

    PeteyTwoPointOne Platinum Member Platinum Member

    Jun 10, 2014
    I prefer Competition Finish even over satin...

    it's got tons of character, :cool:

    it provides the perfect camouflage for stray marks when used, :thumbsup:

    plus it's bare INFI-- which is as near stainless as I need. :)

  14. CookieRawwr


    Jun 23, 2014
    Well I like them all and it just depends on what I am feeling like at the time. My Urgent fury in Black with a Maroon micarta is just stunning. And dang I do like my Hell Razor in competition finish as well.


  15. boring

    boring Gold Member Gold Member

    Nov 28, 2005
  16. Private Klink

    Private Klink Gold Member Gold Member

    May 30, 2017
    Satin is supreme, but it depends on cost.:rolleyes:
  17. zombieassassin

    zombieassassin Gold Member Gold Member

    Feb 1, 2015
    No clothing around here...all strippers for me.
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  18. tuica

    tuica Gold Member Gold Member

    Jul 30, 2013
    This one has character, originally black, and removed - by a previous owner - somewhat roughly. But I also like my coated Bussekin. Black the least favorite. Tan, gray, and most greens look great.

    Last edited: Oct 5, 2019
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  19. nydude

    nydude Gold Member Gold Member

    Jun 10, 2009
    Love my coated combat grades. it probably did start as a budget reason, but I'm also pretty harsh on them in terms of leaving them muddy/wet sometimes. I do cook with them when camping and satin is probably better for thin slicing, but I haven't had an issue yet and figure I can always strip down the line.
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  20. co556guy


    Dec 13, 2011
    I buy coated.

    If I end up using the knife a lot, I strip it and sand it for what seems like an eternity.

    None of the finishes typically available are smooth enough for me.

    My current sanding project is a DS6 I had stripped a while back. I'm up to a nice satiny 400 grit paper. Going to take it to 1500 then polish with rouge on a wheel.

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