The Bark River Bravo 1 is designed for (para)military use, specifically for the United States' Marine Corps. Soon, however, it became evident that this knife is capable of a lot more. Today the Bravo 1 is a popular knife amongst bushcrafters and hunters. It is solidly constructed with enough blade thickness to handle heavy-duty tasks. Perfect for wood work, gutting game and many other outdoor tasks.
This version has been enhanced with a small piece of jimping on the spine, without a thumb ramp.
The blade is made from CPM 154. A premium type of steel which is stainless and retains its sharpness well. As you might expect from Bark River this knife is razor-sharp when delivered. The edge has a convex grind which you maintain by stropping it.
The handle is made from Desert Ironwood. A type of hardwood that is mainly found in the United States and Mexico. The stunning colour with the rich pattern is characterizing. This striking type of wood makes the knife look extra luxurious.
The Bark River Bravo 1 comes with a leather belt sheath which offers you many different carrying options. It is possible that the leather loop with the press stud which keeps the blade in place closes a little stiffly. This is because it was designed to still be tight in the long run, which is why at first it might feel a little too tight. Fortunately this stretches out on its own, even though a couple drops of leather can help as well.
Bark River Knives makes most of its knives by hand. As such each knife is unique. Especially with natural materials a knife can differ from its picture. The knife you receive can, as such, be subtle different from the product photo's. The model and type of material, however, remain the same.