"Originally Posted by J View Post
Ive had 2 bravos and 2 gunnys all in A2 and they chipped out frequently. I used them alot not just for posing for pics..."
From my experience with Bark Rivers and the Bravo 1 I would have to say that the Bravo 1 would be my choice. My experience with several A2 steel and one Barkie with 154CM steel (STS 3) that are users has been positive. I've never experienced a chipping issue with either steel. Just might be how one uses a knife?
From what I've read here, A2 is very well received by many here. I had to Google the Blackbird and take a look at the knife and the handle. Again I would choose the Bravo1 handle over the rectangular shape of the Blackbird.
Over forty years ago when we went camping & hunting, bushcraft(ing) wasn't mainstream then...My first fixed blade hunting knife was a Mora. Since then and around 75+ knives later, my tastes have changed in my knives and I can indulge myself with finer tools & blades now.
I have around 35+ Barkies, users and what I call my safe queens. I enjoy all them for what they are, serious tools and lookers. The users have made my "camp" uses easier now. I EDC a rotation of 3 Barkies, belt and pocket carry.
I was going to mention that I certainly don't begrudge anyone who chooses to collect any type or brand of knife, but that's not what the OP was asking for.
Final Thought, BR A2 steel works for me and I really like the ergonomics of the Bravo 1 handle. It is a personal choice, get the one that trips your trigger.