The Bark River Bravo 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 United States 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 has a thumb cut-out to make horizontal use more comfortable. It's an ideal knife for woodworking, gutting game and many other outdoor tasks.
The spine of this version has a small piece of jimping, without a thumb ramp. It is also available with this protrusion on the back.
The blade is made from A2 tool steel, a strong steel that would rather bend than break. You do, however, need to be careful with moisture and acids: A2 is not completely stainless. Make sure to clean it after use and occasionally apply a drop of oil to keep this knife in great shape. The edge has a convex grind that can be maintained by stropping it.
The handle is made of canvas micarta, which is a strong and lightweight material made from linen and synthetic resin. It feels comfortable in hand, even in wet or cold conditions. The colour of this knife is Black Green Camo, although we think the green is a bit brown.
The Bark River Bravo Vortex comes with a luxurious leather belt sheath. You can carry it in many ways, both horizontally and vertically (max. belt width 6.5 cm for vertical, 5.0 cm for horizontal carry). The sheath also has a loop for a firesteel (max. diameter ~7.0 mm).
Bark River Knives makes all of its knives almost entirely by hand. This means that each knife is unique. Especially when working with natural materials, a knife may differ from the photos. Therefore the knife you receive might be subtly different from the product photos. The model and type of material, however, will always be the same.