MUKs - positives AND negatives

Discussion in 'Busse Combat Knives' started by on_the_edge, May 24, 2011.

  1. TrailWolf


    Apr 13, 2009
    I agree and it is growing on me... slowly...

    Would love to hear Jerry's reasoning behind the "mayonnaise spreader" handle shape... Not doubting his judgement, just honestly curious.

  2. M67

    M67 Gold Member Gold Member

    Apr 17, 2010
    HA! :D I never thought of it that way before now, and you have a point.

    Just funky looking, but it feels nice :thumbup:
  3. demoteamone

    demoteamone Banned BANNED

    Feb 21, 2006
    To put everything in balance is good, to put everything in harmony is better. Good post:thumbup:

  4. drbarnes


    Sep 13, 2010
    Pros - feels great in my hand, wife likes it, orange G10 is really cool lookin. I havent used it yet but I will soon in the kitchen.

    cons - no built in bottle opener :(
  5. Last Visible Canary

    Last Visible Canary actively parsing hurf durf

    Nov 28, 2006
    The sar5, active duty and game warden all have the same palm swell to finger swell placement. It's (from my experience with the sar5/active duty) meant to be held where you have your palm over the palm swell and your thumb on the spine over the ricasso. If you do a lot of work in that position, it's great, but if you like to have your hand really close to the guard it puts the swell right under your pinky's metacarpal. Every custom I've handled that took down the palm swell and made the handle a little flatter on the spine was a huge improvement, making the handle immediately more versatile.

    take this grip (a pic posted by bigfattyt):

    and put your thumb over the spine like this:

    and I think you get the intended grip. The other thing to consider is that the placement of the palm swell on the MUK puts your hand at the same distance from the edge as it would be on a normal gaurded large choil knife. Look at this ratmandu's palm swell, and look at the distance between the edge and the swell. That distance is identical between the MUK and the Ratmandu, even though one has a guard. Your hand is meant to be in the same position as the Ratmandu, but without a guard in between.

    (image by jazub)
  6. Last Visible Canary

    Last Visible Canary actively parsing hurf durf

    Nov 28, 2006
    (Image by resinguy)

    This is a good image for showing how the palm swell placement is consistent across many models. If theres going to be a palm swell, it'll place your hand about 1/2" away from the gaurd, in a position that puts your thumb right at the start of the edge.

    I'd be interested in hearing jerry's take on the MUK handle. It seems like it takes the pork belly skinner and makes everything more fluid, removing the bumps and extra positions, leaving a smooth transition betwen grips.

    (not sure whose image this is)
    (13ninja's image)
  7. idahoskunk

    idahoskunk Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 10, 2002
    got mine from the post office today and i think it is awesome but haven't used it yet except to trim a chicken and some artichokes. the handle fits may paw just fine. good job on this model, all i can say is i'm so happy that i listened to jaxx and bought 27 of them.:cool:

  8. j man

    j man

    Aug 1, 2010
    May be some duds out there???

    But MUK #535 is just "Super Awesome" Orange & Black is so sweet. I now only want pumpkin. Cant wait to take her bush.
  9. lsheldon


    Jan 2, 2009

    1. Handle shape is really nice, and glad I got liners as it seems to fill my hand much better with a bit wider handle...
    2. Came scary sharp with a very nice convex grind courtesy of Beef...


    None as of yet.
  10. Jerry Busse

    Jerry Busse Moderator Moderator

    Aug 20, 1999

    I went with the flatter handle based on what I considered to be the primary intended use of the Muk which is as a skinner and hunter. I personally find it much easier to acquire "edge location" with a flatter, thinner handle when I can't see the edge, as is the case when you have your entire knife covered in blood or up inside the body cavity of a larger animal that you are dressing. A thicker and more rounded handle on the Muk makes this much more difficult. The thicker handle, likewise, will rotate in your hand much more easily when wet or covered in blood.

    As a pure slicer, the flatter, thinner handle philosophy holds true as well since it so effectively prevents rolling on the hand. :thumbup:

    Yours in spreading nuclear mayonaisse,

    Jerry :D

    Last edited: May 27, 2011
  11. bigocean


    Jul 25, 2006
    Received two MUKs today. One in Orange/Black and the other in Blue/Black G10.

    Positives: Feels very nice in the hand, good choice on the slimmer handles. Came with a shaving sharp convex edge, which was nicely polished unlikely the usual coarse finish.

    Negatives: Minor issue. On the Blue/Black G10 handled MUK, the CNC machine they used to shape the pattern on the G10 handles could of been dull? It left a rougher finish on a few of the grooves. The finish on the Orange/Black MUK was immaculate

    Overall: A very nice knife! :thumbup:
  12. M67

    M67 Gold Member Gold Member

    Apr 17, 2010
    Sig line? :D
  13. begreen61

    begreen61 Gold Member Gold Member

    Oct 13, 2008
    Love the Blade its right on the money,the handles takeing some getting use to Liked it enough to buy another one.
  14. Soulrack223

    Soulrack223 Gold Member Gold Member

    May 8, 2007
    I can't wait until deer season this year. Between the BOSS Jack LE and the HOG Muk LE, I'm gonna be breaking in some NICE Busses. :thumbup:
  15. Soulrack223

    Soulrack223 Gold Member Gold Member

    May 8, 2007
    Great idea! I stole it. :eek:
  16. M67

    M67 Gold Member Gold Member

    Apr 17, 2010
    Well, now it would just be weird if I used it, damn. :eek:
  17. mymindisamob


    Feb 1, 2005
    Not really. We could start a club. S-N-M (Spreaders of Nuclear Mayo):D:D

    That wouldn't be weird at all.;)
  18. Last Visible Canary

    Last Visible Canary actively parsing hurf durf

    Nov 28, 2006
    Seconded! :thumbup::thumbup::thumbup:
  19. M67

    M67 Gold Member Gold Member

    Apr 17, 2010
    I like it :thumbup:

  20. TrailWolf


    Apr 13, 2009
    Boss - thank you very much for the explanation and the versatility of the handle has become apparent over the past week - I'm liking it.

    Further, cannot tell you how pleasing, and refreshing, to have a knifemaker respond directly to a question asked... Speaks volumes and justifies my enjoyment of Busse for more than just the steel...

    I love me some good mayo :D

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