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    I am going to be ordering a new Bushcraft knife soon. Scandi seems to be the flaovor of choice for that type of Knife, perhaps due to the popularity of the Ray Mears knife. A number of people who's opinion I respect prefer a covex grind for a Bushcraft knife. Is it just a matter of personel prefrence or does one have an advantage over the other on a Bushcraft knife.

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    Buy an affordable knife of each flavor and use them. It won't be long before you discover the merits and detraction of each one for yourself.
    That's really the best and most honest way too do it. Otherwise you'll hear about a billion opinions for each side and you'll still not know what to use.
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    I think a scandi provides the most easily learned and intuitive grind for making fuzz sticks that a knife can possibly have. They are also easy to sharpen on a stone. On the other hand, a convex blade is more robust and can just withstand a lot more harder abuse. If you want to use a knife the day Iz likes abusing his, then a convex is a way to go. If your knife is reserved for slicing and cutting and the odd bit of whittling with an axe doing to the tough chores, then a scandi is one of the better bets. In the end though, you get a feel for how each works with practice. A person used to convex isn't going to like the feel of a scandi on initial use and vice versa. But its not rocket science either. Fifteen minutes of fuzzy making, knotching and whittling will tune your hands to a blade if you are already familiar with bladework. So don't sweat it to much. A good knife is a good knife and you will probably make it work for you whichever grind it has.

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    I used to stress grinds allot. The older I get the less I care as long as I can get it sharp.
    scandi, flat, convex, Hollow, sabre, chisel..lightsabre. they all will do everything a knife should do, from carving a tent peg to cleaning a trout. (the lightsaber will also cook the trout)
    I think if you plan on using a knife allot, a good comfy and grippy handle is important, and often overlooked.
    Iz give sound advice as usual.
    I'd go cheap first, experiment, and find what you like.
    Welcome aboard, and godspeed in your quest.

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    if the axe is convexed ---a convex knife would minimize sharpening supplies you need to carry

    and obviously if the axe has a v grind i'd go for a knife grind to use the same stone(s)

    and most of the time i break this rule of simplicity and take way too many sharp things with me

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    it depends; there are many variables, and neither term is specific enough to actually say what is or what for.

    A good bushcraft knife should have these 2 qualities. 1. a sushi chef would never use it. 2. A teenage girl would let it rust.

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    Quote Originally Posted by briarbrow View Post
    it depends; there are many variables, and neither term is specific enough to actually say what is or what for.

    A good bushcraft knife should have these 2 qualities. 1. a sushi chef would never use it. 2. A teenage girl would let it rust.
    I love it!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Iz View Post
    Buy an affordable knife of each flavor and use them. It won't be long before you discover the merits and detraction of each one for yourself.
    That's really the best and most honest way too do it. Otherwise you'll hear about a billion opinions for each side and you'll still not know what to use.
    Most of the fun is in doing the discovering yourself.
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    I think a scandi provides the most easily learned and intuitive grind for making fuzz sticks that a knife can possibly have. They are also easy to sharpen on a stone. On the other hand, a convex blade is more robust and can just withstand a lot more harder abuse. If you want to use a knife the day Iz likes abusing his, then a convex is a way to go. If your knife is reserved for slicing and cutting and the odd bit of whittling with an axe doing to the tough chores, then a scandi is one of the better bets. In the end though, you get a feel for how each works with practice. A person used to convex isn't going to like the feel of a scandi on initial use and vice versa. But its not rocket science either. Fifteen minutes of fuzzy making, knotching and whittling will tune your hands to a blade if you are already familiar with bladework. So don't sweat it to much. A good knife is a good knife and you will probably make it work for you whichever grind it has.
    Quote Originally Posted by BushBum View Post
    I used to stress grinds allot. The older I get the less I care as long as I can get it sharp.
    scandi, flat, convex, Hollow, sabre, chisel..lightsabre. they all will do everything a knife should do, from carving a tent peg to cleaning a trout. (the lightsaber will also cook the trout)
    I think if you plan on using a knife allot, a good comfy and grippy handle is important, and often overlooked.
    Iz give sound advice as usual.
    I'd go cheap first, experiment, and find what you like.
    Welcome aboard, and godspeed in your quest.
    You wont find better advise then this. Straightforward, not biased, non confrontational. I agree with them 100%.

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    I can't add any wisdom that has not already been stated. Good luck on your choice and post up some pictures of it or them!

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