Benchmade Bushcrafter 162 Fixed Blade Knife
This Benchmade Bushcrafter 162 Fixed Blade review takes a look at a higher end survival knife experience. Because of the S30V stainless steel construction, a worthy sheath and a super functional handle, you will pay more for this survival knife than others. I rank it rather high on my best fixed blade survival knives list because, at the end of the day, this could serve as your only survival knife. It is truly that powerful. It can perform almost any hunting or camping task you throw at it. Sure, you’d be better off with an axe or a machete in many cases, but my point is that this knife is so great that it can actually fill in for some rather complex tasks that a normal fixed blade could never fill in for.
I highly recommend it. This knife should no doubt last you for a lifetime even under dystopian circumstances!
Benchmade Bushcrafter 162 Specifications
So what’s the down and dirty hard details on the Benchmade Bushcrafter 162?
Blade: fixed | drop point | 4.4 inches
Blade Thickness: .164 inches
Blade Hardness: 58-60HRC
Material: S30V stainless steel blade | G10 contoured handle
Handle Thickness:920 inches
Sheath: leather with clip
Manufacturer: made in Oregon
Weight: Just under 8 ounces
Total knife length: 9.2 inches
Benchmade Bushcrafter 162 Blade
Beyond the given specifications above, this blade is ultra sharp (out of box) and the high-end S30V stainless steel means it stays that way. In other words, the Bushcrafter162 holds an edge as well as any fixed blade ever would. Additionally, it is highly resistant to rusting or any corrosion for that matter. You get what you pay for, in the case of the Bushmaster, you pay a little more, but get a great deal more in terms of quality and function from the blade. The blade is full-tang, which to me, is the most important aspect of any fixed blade survival knife. In the end., a full-tang strong steel fixed blade is simply more versatile than a non-full-tang knife. It allows pummeling into wood, rocks, and ground. The combination of durable, powerful steel along with the fact that the knife is full-tang means it is strong, sturdy and incredibly functional.
Full-tang means the blade runs from the drop point end through the handle. If you are new to fixed blade knives, this means the knife doesn’t present and exposed weak spot at the start of the handle. This means the knife’s blade won’t break away from the handle no matter how you are using it. Additionally, the full-tang means you experience the act of cutting more. It gives it more of a precise feel. You will have more control over cutting tasks like slicing or even chopping.
You could use this knife to chop up wood, although, that’s not the intention clearly. Any true prepper should have an axe on hand for those tasks. My point is that this knife is powerful and can achieve more camping, hunting, and survival and prepping tasks than I could ever list. It really is no joke.
Benchmade Bushcrafter 162 Handle
This is a G10 contoured handle that has two depressions to help solidify your grip. Handles are extremely subjective experiences because, well, all hands are different shapes and sizes. Actually, not sure they are all shapes, but you catch my drift. The Bushcrafter162 handle fits snug in my hand like a dream. But the truth is, I’ve seen some complaints that people don’t like the handle. Maybe different sized hands? No one ever seems to post a picture of their hand along side the negative review. That said, most reviews are great. There are two holes in it that you could use to make a spear with. So yes, this thing passes the prepper zombie fall out test with flying spears. The color is green, in case you care. I think people have trouble picking up on that from the picture.
The balance between the handle and blade is pure bliss. I’ve thrown it a few times and can competently get it to stick into a wooden target. I’m not a great knife thrower, but well-balanced knives make it easy for anyone to achieve decent results. Not sure you will be slaying any zombies by throwing it, but hey, it is a great sign of a high-quality knife. If you can throw a fixed blade competently, then it means the knife is well balanced. To me, that’s a big deal.
Benchmade Bushcrafter 162 Sheath
The sheath is made from a brushed full-grain buckskin leather. I don’t normally like to spend too much time discussing a sheath because the truth is, you should be focused on what quality of survival knife you get for your money and not the sheath. But in the case of the Bushcrafter 162 sheath, it is worth noting that it is really good. So if you are comparing two knives of similar price, this could be a deal breaker for you. It has a retention strap and a flint rod loop. Overall, it is rather impressive. You can also just modify this sheath if need be. For example, if it rides too high, take out the rivet located below the D-ring and that should lower it possibly an inch. You have a lot to work with.
In the end, I know many of you preppers enjoy making your own custom sheaths so this may well not mean much to you, but it is nice to know that you get a really great sheath with the 162 Bushcrafter knife. At least you know they aren’t shorting you on quality in any capacity. The company actually sells the sheaths separately because of their popularity.
Author: Jim Satney
PrepForThat’s Editor and lead writer for political, survival, and weather categories.