Deval Bushcrafter

Out and about...

My main day to day user is the O1 carbon steel version with stag antler scales, red and black liners and a high scandi grind with a micro bevel. It took an age to find some stag antler large and dense enough for my knife handles as I wanted polished versions without the bark on it. For canoeing and use where seawater is present and where the knife will be exposed to damp for long periods, I use the RWL-34 version with carbon fibre scales. Lately though, I have found that for me, the full flat ground versions are far superior and versatile. Full flat has a better ability to slice, cut and be sharpened in the field and I find it far better suited to my outdoors use, especially in RWL-34 which is a very strong and corrosion resistant steel with excellent edge holding properties. These versions are now seeing a lot more use. I do like natural handles though, especially antler. Recently I've found that stabilised giraffe bone performs very well in more extreme environments and it makes a great alternative to antler and is very dense and beautiful to look at. All of the wooden scales I have had in the past have been stabilised and they too are capable of withstanding heat, cold and water without any adverse effects.

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