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    Exclamation Bark River Bravo 2 first impression review with pictures!

    I received my Bravo 2 recently and here are my first impressions.

    First, it is a light knife. It feels more like a fighter in the hand. Certainly more of a fighter balance than the original Bravo 1. It is fast in the hand and every time I pick it up I just think perfect balanced fighter. It is very fast in the hand, in it almost dances in the hand. I really like the feel of the Bravo2.

    Second, it is sharp. Wicked sharp. But the grind seems slightly off on mine and pulls to the right near the handle. I assume it is hand ground and just a little off. But the knife is super sharp and it does not seem to affect performance. You can see the grind is not centered in the pictures below of the handles from the top view. Since, I will use this knife not really in issue. But I am kind of a grind stickler so I was kind of bummed. The Bravo1 has perfect grinds.

    Third I think it will make a great all around out door knife but is certainly not a chopper. The Bravo1 seems more a chopper than the Bravo2. Weird but true. The Bravo2 will make a great camp knife, but still I can't think fighter when I hold it. It needs a swedge grind and a high ride sheath for retention. Just my opinion!!

    Fourth, The sheath is a great value for the price! But I would prefer a high ride leather sheath as opposed to the drop loop, for both knives. I just like a good high ride leather sheath. A high ride Kydex would work also.

    My Bravo1 is well used and you can see some scratches on it on the comparison pictures.
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    More pictures. Bravo 2 on the left with slightly off center grind.
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    Side by side!
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    Sorry about the picture qaulity I can't shrink the files and retain qaulity! Pictures of the sheaths.
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    Great Photos And Comments!!!

    Thanks For Posting

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    You are right--It is more a Fighter than a Chopper.

    It is light and fast in the hand.

    Not an Accident.

    It is not like many other knives of that Size that fall into the Sharpened Pry Bar Classification.

    Many folks see the size of it and think it is a heavy knife.

    It is not.

    There are a good number of them in service in both Iraq and Afghanistan and the knife was designed for the criteria I was given.(Some are even Have a Sharpened False Grind Added)

    I do plan on making an even larger one that will be heavier but the B-2 is a very fast and nimble knife for it's size.

    The B-1 is Not a Fighter.

    It is a large Bushcraft Style knife and that is the criteria I was given for that one.

    They look alike but are very different knives.

    They are all Hand Convex Ground so you will find them not to be perfect in the grinds.

    I would venture to say that all of our knives fall into that area.

    Thanks for the Review.

    Glad You like it.

    Great Pics.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mike Stewart View Post
    You are right--It is more a Fighter than a Chopper.

    There are a good number of them in service in both Iraq and Afghanistan and the knife was designed for the criteria I was given.(Some are even Have a Sharpened False Grind Added)

    I do plan on making an even larger one that will be heavier but the B-2 is a very fast and nimble knife for it's size.


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    Sharpened false swedge and a larger version to come you say.............

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    I did want to mention the there is a High Ride Leather sheath for the B-1.

    Derrick at KSF has them in Stock.



    The Knife securely locks into the Sheath and does not need a retention strap.


    The B-2 will not work with a High Ride because the Blade is too Long and You can't draw it out.

    Reid has made a Belt Level Cross Draw sheath for the B-2.



    That is a Custom Item so it has to be ordered right from Sharpshooter.



    That also has the Sur-Lok Retention system.

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    I might as well mention this one too.

    This is the New Horizontal Sheath for the B-1.

    It is called the Sabot.






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    Snagged a B2 on the secondary market for cheap - it plays well as a fighter, I think it would be improved without the polish on the handle, but that's how BRKT made this one, and that's an easy change. It's very accurate with the point, the edge removes whatever is in front of it without much in the way of effort.

    I don't even think a false edge is required on this, since it remains more useable as a tool this way. However, it would become just that much more agile if an extra ounce was removed from the front end of the knife. As it is, it changes direction well and finds whatever I've asked it to without a worry.

    Very nice effort by BRKT here.
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    i have one and i love it......


    the only thing it doesn't really do well is chop......but, chopping wasn't in the design parameters anyways......and i've used it to chop before, and although it isn't a chopping monster, it was good enough......


    but like the OP said, it is a hell of a fighter.......the balance is incredible......


    this knife is by no means a lightweight.....it is almost 1/4" thick.......very substantial in terms of thickness.......however, it balances like a much thinner knife......


    it is thick enough to not break if you had to pry with it in a pinch, but it is agile enough to be a good fighter.......that is what i love about this blade......covers both ends of the spectrum very well......

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    Excellent review... Thanks for sharing
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    Question

    Does the B-2 have "the magic" The Bravo 1, BM 710, Buck 110 .....certain knives just have that magic feel to them. Does the B-2 have that magic feel?
    I know this is completely subjective but how a knife "feels" means a lot to me.
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    Interesting knife, but a bit big for my taste. However, the Bravo-1 is quickly becoming my favorite knife, so I'll need another and maybe the SS version. The Gunny is a must also.

    Great pics! Thanks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by clearytja View Post
    Does the B-2 have "the magic" The Bravo 1, BM 710, Buck 110 .....certain knives just have that magic feel to them. Does the B-2 have that magic feel?
    I know this is completely subjective but how a knife "feels" means a lot to me.
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    the Bravo2 certainly feels pretty magic. Like I said it has a great fast in the hand feeling for a knife it's size.
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