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My Busse Grail - HG55

Discussion in 'Busse Combat Knives' started by bubbaskyjacker, Apr 2, 2018.

  1. UNRL Ghandi

    UNRL Ghandi Gold Member Gold Member

    Oct 24, 2013
    Love my Comp Finish HG55. There are 2 Busse in my collection that I'll never sell. This is one of them. I may replace the scales at some point
  2. bubbaskyjacker

    bubbaskyjacker Gold Member Gold Member

    Feb 24, 2008
    o_O That is purrty. I love those scales!!
  3. nemesis

    nemesis Gold Member Gold Member

    Nov 5, 2005
    The best model busse ever made. Some awesome HG55s in this thread. I'd like to get in with the bombproof tip and strip it
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  4. dogboye

    dogboye Gold Member Gold Member

    Nov 23, 1999
    Hmmm.... wonder if there was ever a forsaken design for this?

    These certainly are bad*** blades.
  5. bubbaskyjacker

    bubbaskyjacker Gold Member Gold Member

    Feb 24, 2008
    Any stripped small CBT ???
  6. PeteyTwoPointOne

    PeteyTwoPointOne Platinum Member Platinum Member

    Jun 10, 2014
    Pics are a little deceptive because the tip is distally tapered and, in addition, swedged on top...

    so it looks rather svelte and more lithe than it is in reality...

    but it is VERY SUBSTANTIAL in reality...

    design genius at it's finest...thanks Jerry!

    detail shot from above showing the great swedging!


    thickness near the very tip end of the tip just before the vanishing point to nothingness!


    what I'd call the "working girth" on the flat near the tip...it's where you'd likely bury up to when prying a door jamb or crate. It pretty quickly works up to a full 1/4" a little more aft of that point...GOOD STUFF for what it's designed for!

  7. d762nato

    d762nato Gold Member Gold Member

    Dec 16, 2009
    Thanks Pete for the very informative and detailed description and pics of the HG55. It has a certain flow to it that I really like, not sure just what it is but it kind of reminds me of a #1 ish fighter type knife.

  8. PeteyTwoPointOne

    PeteyTwoPointOne Platinum Member Platinum Member

    Jun 10, 2014
    You're welcome.

    A fighter, for sure. The upswept tip has been described to me by a friend of mine @ Ft. Campbell as being ideal for quietly dispatching sentries and such. Nice to know...but I've never been the operator type, however I like the style.

    At the same time it has a utility potential there, too. Especially with the bombproof tip like what @bubbaskyjacker should be getting any minute now :D . It most definitely could be called upon to breach doors, shuttered windows, cargo crates, etc. The squared off butt can be used to hammer, or more likely, to be hammered upon and be driven into something to bust open like a wedge-- another built in use of the distally tapered tip & swedging. It'll easily pierce the target, to get a foothold, and then use the brute mechanical advantage of the thicker flats to force it apart...pure genius.

    The handle is kinda coffin shaped, sorta triangular in 3 dimensions but with the familiar Busse couple of palm swells and it makes for very effective draw from a sheath and a secure locked in fore-ward grip. The shape lends itself to a multitude of holds, reverse & normal. You don't have to commit to any single grip-- very flexible.

    It has a relatively small footprint compared to other Busse. It is quite short in profile from spine to edge. So it would pack with other soldier kit pretty economically.

    The washboard CBT and fuller, of course, is the most striking visual element. Once again, it seems to me it would cut down on resistance with piercing & withdrawing. There's small, full length CBT. Large full length CBT. And combo CBT/bombproof tip. Note the different fuller size also in the pic below.

    The stock is quite thick along the midline, and I found my edge too obtuse for my <mainly> slicing usage so I dropped the edge a lot. Freehand I'd say it's ca. 15 dps. I don't usually measure it too much, I just take it's to where it's scary sharp to my fingertips. And it took me more than a minute :rolleyes: on this particular model of MO 55. I had to hog off a good amt. of INFI on the bombproof tip and I wore my DMT diamond plate nearly smooth doing it and I had to send it to @AZTimT up in MT to even it up for me and finish her off....thanks Tim!

  9. bubbaskyjacker

    bubbaskyjacker Gold Member Gold Member

    Feb 24, 2008
    Arrived - as thought it’s a monster ha ha ha , it’s about 30-40 percent bigger than it looks in the interweb.

    As @PeteyTwoPointOne stated it’s a fighter, pure beastly overbuilt fighter.

    Pics tomorrow.

    Now that I have it in hand I’d love to see a Mini EDC version!!
    Last edited: Apr 5, 2018
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  10. UNRL Ghandi

    UNRL Ghandi Gold Member Gold Member

    Oct 24, 2013
    Yes please! Knock off about 1.5-2" from the handle and give it a 3.5-4" blade.
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  11. dobermaniac

    dobermaniac Gold Member Gold Member

    May 13, 2013
    Mmmmm....Flat grind :cool::thumbsup:

    (needs to be cleaned lol)
  12. bubbaskyjacker

    bubbaskyjacker Gold Member Gold Member

    Feb 24, 2008
    Here she is !!! Slightly used , which I prefer cause I have never used a new Busse that I have bought. Or could always rattle can her back to new. The joy of Camo !! sharpened at some point in her life, not quite centered but after some abuse I’ll shipper her off for spa treatment or to @AZTimT to get tuned up and centered, maybe stripped Nekkid :eek: 356720AF-F98F-4AD1-ACE2-BF3A0CD79A72.jpeg CD0AD64D-A6CD-44C2-86A3-748B57FA9E8B.jpeg 270B5552-1B53-42EA-B3DC-13003E317C09.jpeg 95B6763C-76C3-43AB-A664-40E5FE54A9FB.jpeg 1A59572D-4977-40C9-9175-627BB3AD614F.jpeg
  13. bubbaskyjacker

    bubbaskyjacker Gold Member Gold Member

    Feb 24, 2008
    Hg55 vs park ranger, this give you a perspective how big the blade is. I was expecting/hoping the HG55 to be similar as the PR, but it is much more sustantial. D634921E-80B7-497D-B189-104B62676131.jpeg
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    COPIUOS Gold Member Gold Member

    Dec 24, 2015
    Congrats on the score! I almost sold and/or traded my comp HG55...glad I did not...

    I do miss the FFG DCBB and the LE...kept the bomb proof comp though! I would have rather kept the FFG over the LE, although it was instrumental in a pretty epic trade deal for me...

    LE is super nice, for sure...

    I no longer have any LE's...with the tiger hide that is...too beautiful and expensive to use, is what I found out for myself...

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  15. bullpin


    Dec 8, 2010
    I miss my hg55’s . Great looking design. Hopefully they are being well loved. miss all the ones I had to sell. :(
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  16. littlehoot

    littlehoot Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 7, 2015
    I sure want one!
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  17. PeteyTwoPointOne

    PeteyTwoPointOne Platinum Member Platinum Member

    Jun 10, 2014
    Every HOG should have a couple, IMHO.

    One of the attractions to Busse for me is that Jerry cranks out models that are not only unique looking, but are very well thought out and designed. Simply put, Jerry's creating & cranking out models unlike anything anyone else is producing!

    And the HG55 is pretty unique even in regard to the already unique BUSSE lineup.

    The genius of it all sometimes isn't always apparent until using some of the models.

    For instance, I found out the 55 is great at breaching when I used it and a deadblow hammer to demo a double door on my dutch barn. The squared-off pommel was a great target to pound on. In addition to the squareness-- note how it sticks out proud from the handle slabs to avoid damage to your scales. It was something I never thought twice about, until I <ab>used it in demolition mode, and then I was like "a-ha...eureka!" :D

    So at first blush, your eyeballs tell you "pure fighter" when you look at the 55 ... and true, it is at heart I believe a fighting/sentry dispatching model ... but it does so much more...even more that I've discovered so far...but there's still time...LIFE's GOOD in BUSSE, USA!
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