Tell me about Busse knives

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  1. somniloquist

    somniloquist Gold Member Gold Member

    Aug 9, 2007
    Lots of great comments in this thread, thanks to evetyone who replied. I even came to know about a couple makers who I had never heard of before.

    I wasn't aware that there were different "flavours" of INFI, so that is interesting to know. Also, the comments about handles not being comfortable doesn't surprise me much, given the way they look.

    After reading all of this and looking through pictures and ads, I think I am most drawn to the Busse Basic series, and maybe an 11" blade. Anyone have thoughts about this one? What's a fair price to pay?
     
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  2. duramax

    duramax KnifeMaker / Craftsman / Service Provider Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Nov 29, 2012
    I think for values and searching you’ll need to go to Busse forum. Good luck with your search :) I hope you score what you want !! :)
     
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  3. AntDog

    AntDog Gold Member Gold Member Basic Member

    Apr 3, 2001
    The Basics are awesome. Love my 9. If I were looking for an 11, I’d expect to pay $300-$400. More than 4 bills is steep and you probably won’t find one for less than 3. Happy hunting.
     
  4. Currawong

    Currawong Platinum Member Platinum Member

    May 19, 2012
    I'm not sure why people are saying Busse handles (the full tang, slab handles) are uncomfortable. They're the most comfortable handles I've ever used, apart from the Res-C ones which are even better.

    Basic 11 is awesome. It's the hardest hitting for lightest weight chopper I've ever used.
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    If you want something a bit heavier, the Basic Bolo 13 (BB13)
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  5. scdub

    scdub Basic Member Basic Member

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    May 29, 2004
    Yes! Probably one of the best steels for a large chopper imho and Busse makes their own version called SR-77.

    I don’t own any Busse knives as they’re a bit over-priced for me, however I own several “Bussekin” knives by Swamp Rat and Scrap Yard which are a better value - cheaper than CPK as best I can tell.

    Below is probably my most mall ninja knife ever (in SR-77).

    Haven’t brought it to the mall yet as I’m still working on the sheath... ;)

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  6. Monofletch

    Monofletch Basic Member Basic Member

    Jan 14, 2010
    I am picky when it comes to handles.....Busse has some of the best handles in the industry.
     
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  7. SALTY

    SALTY Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 19, 2000
    +1 on the Basic series.
    I've been using my beloved Basic #7 for years on just about everything afield - from processing firewood to field dressing deer; it's a favorite of mine.
     
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  8. Big Ol’ Hauger

    Big Ol’ Hauger Gold Member Gold Member

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    Nov 8, 2019
    I’ve been into knives for the majority of my life. I really got into them around the time Cold Steel was making Carbon V, Spydercos were all silver, and Remington Bullet knives were actually worth a good bit. I went on a drought for a couple of decades, carrying whatever half-decent folder I could pick up at Lowe’s. A couple of years ago, I saw a Spyderco at Walmart. I was astonished. I picked it up, and it took me back to my younger days. After that, I started revisiting my youth, grabbing up oversized Cold Steel folders and push daggers, more Spydies, and eventually an ESEE for Christmas. I was tickled pink with all my acquisitions. The ESEE really struck a chord with me, and I ended up on the ESEE forum. I grabbed a few more of those models from other members, along with some more fun stuff. Then I ended up making a trade for an Anniversary Mean Street. After I got that little bugger in hand, it was all over. I’ve owned a couple of CPK’s and Barkies and other stuff, and they are nice quality blades, but there just not anything else out there like the Busse/kin in my book. My current lineup is a Para 2, two ESEEs, and seven Busse/kin, ranging from edc to hunting/bushcraft, up to a decent chopper. To the OP, be warned. It’s a slippery slope. If you buy one, soon you’re going to see another one that you can’t live without, and so on...
     
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  9. jeepin

    jeepin Gold Member Gold Member

    Jul 20, 2003


    Could you tell me some of the models with the original Infi recipe? I’d like to try and find one.
     
  10. goldie

    goldie

    Feb 18, 2000
    The chances of finding one from almost 20 years ago is going to be almost impossible.Most of what i see for sale is newer than that,and if you do find one its going to probably cost a fortune.The only ones ive seen with a date are the 2008 special edition jackhammer,hellrazor and sarsquach models from what ive seen.
     
  11. unwisefool

    unwisefool Gold Member Gold Member

    Jan 22, 2007
    And those are definitely the newer INFI formulation. It looks like you really do have to get a knife from the 90's to get the original INFI.

    Now I will say this about the newer formula: I have a competition thin convex edged satin jack tac that I stupidly let my friend borrow. He was wildly chopping things and brought it full force down onto a large rock :mad:. There was only a tiny little chip out of the edge; I was very surprised at how much abuse that thinned out edge could take.
     
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  12. bigsurbob

    bigsurbob Gold Member Gold Member

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    Jun 10, 2016
    Great looking sheaths, especially the one for that Rattle Hawk.
     
  13. goldie

    goldie

    Feb 18, 2000
    I dont see that as a mall ninja knife, because it can cut,chop and saw,and made of a good steel.
     
  14. AntDog

    AntDog Gold Member Gold Member Basic Member

    Apr 3, 2001
    All of the original straight handle Battle Mistresses, all of the e handles, OG Satin Jacks, Groove Masters, stuff like that.
     
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  15. scdub

    scdub Basic Member Basic Member

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    May 29, 2004
    I don’t either really - but I presume at least a few of the folks reading this would expect anyone with a saw-backed knife like that to smell like a mall ninja.

    I’m ok with that. I’ve been called worse things. :)
     
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  16. skyhorse

    skyhorse Gold Member Gold Member

    Jan 30, 2010
    This thread reminded me to give my Ratmandu a makeover today.
     
  17. goldie

    goldie

    Feb 18, 2000
    At 500 this is really pushing my limits [​IMG]
     
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  18. duramax

    duramax KnifeMaker / Craftsman / Service Provider Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Nov 29, 2012
    Yeah but it’s really nice !!!!! And top of the line :)
     
  19. somniloquist

    somniloquist Gold Member Gold Member

    Aug 9, 2007
    Pushed your limits in a good way or bad? How do you mean?
     
  20. skyhorse

    skyhorse Gold Member Gold Member

    Jan 30, 2010
    Took about three hours today and left a nice dark patina.
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