The Bark River Vortex is a slightly longer and narrower version of the Bravo 1. Originally the Bravo collection was designed for (para)military use, specifically for the U.S. Marine Corps. Soon, however, it became clear that these knives could do so much more. This Bravo Vortex has an even more versatile design than the original Bravo. In addition, the handle is enhanced with a thumb cut-out to make horizontal use more comfortable. A great knife for wood work, gutting game and many other outdoor tasks.
The spine of the blade is enhanced with a so-called ramp. This is a small protrusion with serrations on one side. Intuitively the ramp might be located a little too far back to naturally place your thumb. However, you are meant to place your thumb just in front of the ramp. As such it is easier to apply force during the more detailed tasks. The serrated edge of the ramp is shaped as such to make producing sparks with a firesteel a piece of cake.
The blade is made from A2 tool steel. A strong type of steel that would rather bend than break. You do, however, need to be careful with moisture and acids: A2 is not completely stainless. So clean it after use and occasionally add a drop of oil to keep this knife in great shape. The edge has been enhanced with a convex grind which you can maintain by stropping it.
The handle is made from Desert Ironwood. A type of hardwood mainly found in the United States and Mexico. Characterizing is the beautiful colour and the rich pattern. This great type of wood makes the knife look extra luxurious.
The Bark River Bravo Vortex comes with a luxurious leather belt sheath. You can carry it in many different ways, both horizontally and vertically (max. belt width 6.5 cm for vertical, 5.0 cm for horizontal). The sheath also has a loop for a firesteel (max. diameter ~7.0 mm).
Bark River makes all of its knives almost completely by hand. As such each knife is unique. Especially when working with natural materials a knife can differ from the photographs. The knife you receive can therefore be subtly different from the product photos. The model and type of material, however, will always be the same.