Brothers of Bushcraft (BOB) Fieldcraft Knife by TOPS KnivesPosted on: April 22, 2014
The Brothers of Bushcraft (BOB) Fieldcraft knife has become one of my all-time favorite knives for all around use. Let’s start by looking at the basic specs.
The overall length of the knife is about 10 inches.
The high carbon 1095 steel blade is 4.5 inches long and 3/16″ thick.
The blade has a modified Scandi grind, which is awesome for most basic camp chores.
Along the spine is about an inch or so of aggressive jimping which, along with the thumb scales on the handle, affords for great control of the blade.
The knife has a full tang, which extends past the scales at the butt end, culminating in a Shango notch. Yeah, I didn’t know what that was called either until I stumbled across it while looking for something else online. The Shango notch is meant for use with a ferro rod. Honestly, I wasn’t all that impressed with this feature.
I found the included ferro rod to not work very well, with or without the Shango notch. The notch works better with the Light My Fire Scout FireSteel. There are several YouTube videos illustrating the proper way to use the Shango notch. I highly suggest you keep the knife in the sheath when using it for this purpose–safety first! Basically, you prop the knife up against a piece of wood or other item that will raise the handle up off the ground. Place your tinder on the ground under the butt of the knife. Secure the knife with your foot, then pull the FireSteel or ferro rod toward you, against the Shango notch.
Honestly, while neat and all, the Shango notch wasn’t impressive in my testing of it.
The handle scales are brown canvas micarta. The overall shape of the handle is extremely comfortable in my hand. Not so thick to be cumbersome but plenty of heft to let you know you’re holding and using a quality tool. The handle also has a built in bow drill divot for use in primitive fire making.
The Kydex sheath holds the knife very securely. The knife sort of clicks into place within the sheath, though there is no button or strap you need to mess with when removing or replacing the knife.
The sheath has a spring clip for use on your belt. What is really cool is this clip swivels, allowing you to position the knife exactly where you want.
The sheath also has a built in ferro rod attachment point and, as mentioned above, the knife includes a ferro rod with purchase.
Here’s what I like about the BOB Fieldcraft knife. First, it is very comfortable. It fits my hand perfectly. It is well balanced and is just a dream to use. It arrived shaving sharp and I’ve only had to touch up the edge a bit after using it for quite some time. I’ve batoned with it, carved with it, and trimmed brush with it. The thumb notches and spine jimping allow for excellent control of the blade.
The knife does lose a few points here and there, though. First, the included ferro rod is very thin and just doesn’t work very well. I’d replace it with one a bit more robust. One of the Light My Fire fire steels might fit well.
While the sheath is well made and holds the knife very securely, it does ride a bit high on the hip. Fashioning some sort of dangler rig might appeal to some folks.
I could also do without all the writing on the blade.
All in all, this is a very tough knife, one made for heavy use. It is well designed and well built from quality components. I have little doubt the BOB Fieldcraft knife will fail even after many years of use and abuse.
You can find the Brothers of Bushcraft (BOB) Fieldcraft knife here on Amazon.