Best Smaller Companion to 8” BBT?

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  1. SonsOfLiberty

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    I have an XL glove-size hand. Thanks
     
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    Tusker Companion
     
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    What's a BBT?
     
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    A Standard Puukko, best small knife for big hands...
     
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    Not much you cant do with a large convex blade and a 3-4 inch scandi. Pick your favorite maker.
     
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    Do love me a Tusker Companion, but Polaris gets the nod for me. Could damn near take over the world with an 8” Gossman BBT and Polaris! May be the last knives in my two hands.

    If not talking Gossmans, I agree with @mauiarcher that any good 3.5-4.5” scandi blade would be fine too. I prefer 1/8”-5/32”.
     
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    There are so many great options, but, for Gossmans, if you have XL hands, I'd probably say a Tusker Companion or Compromise Field Knife. Or for something a bit bigger, a Deer Creek.

    If you're talking about stuff outside of Scott's stable, I'd say a David Beck Classic Bushcrafter or a Skookum Bush Tool. Maybe a Fiddleback Bushcrafter or an Osprey Knife and Tool Vildmark. Those are my favorites, at least. :)
     
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    Big Boar Tusker
     
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    For larger hands I've got to say Tusker Companion. There's definitely more circumference than on a Polaris, so that's why I'd suggest that direction.
     
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    Deer Creek or Tusker Companion

    I think that they both have similar handle shapes.
     
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    Tusker Companion handle (top and bottom) vs Polaris (middle)

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    In my experience the TC handles are a little girthier. Both are phenomenal.
     
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    Ooh that S7 TC! :32:
     
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    I've got XL sized hands, like palm a basketball. The Polaris is a perfect fit. I'm looking at the opposite whether or not I need a BBT in Python, of course.
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    question: seems like 90% of “Bushcraft knives have a Scandi grind. Looks like Scott doesn’t do them. Just wondered if anyone knew why? What’s the benefit/ trade off?
     
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    Scandi vs convex is a hot button topic around the forum. Kinda like asking if batonning is good or knife abuse, or Coke vs Pepsi. I'm not a fan of scandi grinds personally. That's based on years of finely tuned research and experimentation....no, wait, it's not. I just like convex better. I think convex is a bit tougher all other things being equal just based on the amount of metal behind the edge, but it's really a "hike your own hike" kinda thing.
     
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    That’s a gorgeous color.

    Well I bought 3 Gossman knives in the last 48 hours and I planning to keep 1 or 2. We’ll see how it goes. I’ll post when so get them. Thanks for the input everyone
     
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    Scott would have to accurately answer the former. If I had to guess, he has found his niche and a master at what he does. Gossman's are tough hard use knives. That is the benefit. To me convex is also easier to maintain/sharpen especially in the field. Not that Scott's edges wont last until I return home but just touching up the edge or doing repair is easier. Most of the time a few swipes on GST will do it. Imagine if you had to do so with a river rock or whatever...i can't imagine finding a flat enough stone for a scandi bevel.

    For a thinly ground zero convex, you are trading off very little vs scandi IMO. Think adventure sworn full height convex geometry...stronger than scandi edge and still bites like a pit bull in wood when needed. Not everyone will grind that thin. I still love scandi and prefer it dedicated in wood but I wouldn't miss it much with that type of convex geometry. Too much generalizations on grinds and too much overlap - depends more on geometry, hardness, steel, etc.

    On the half dozen of Scott's knives (maybe he goes thinner on the smaller blades like polaris and thinner stock, haven't tried yet) I admittedly prefer to thin Scott's edges/ knock the shoulders off a bit for higher performance. His stock edge geometry will certainly cut and is tough as woodpecker lips. I have done some horrible things my Gossmans and they beg for more looking no less for wear. I have a new bolo that is dying to be beat on.
     
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    This kind of testimonial is why I just bought 3 of his knives. Can’t wait to try them out. Thanks for the info!
     
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    The Tusker Companion was actually made to be a companion knife to the BBT and was named as such. Other models mentioned here are good choices too. Personally, I feel the Deer Creek is one of the best designs I make for an all around woods knife. Paired with an axe and saw, I'd feel pretty well set with cutting tools for survival, bushcraft and hunting. I've used a Deer Creek many times to fully process whitetails.
    Scott
     
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    yes the deer creek is an ideal all around woods knife!!!....but what steel would you choose? ;)
     
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    A2!!!
     
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    I got:
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    Tusker 5” in S60V
    Polaris 4” in 3V
     
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    That's a tough question. The one I've used the most is A2 but I have one in 1V and Z Wear to work with.
     
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    very diplomatic. not exactly what I was digging for.
     
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    I'm going out on a limb here but if I had to pick one steel to use for the rest of my life it would be S7. Hands down will handle anything you throw at it. I've used and worked with it for 14 years.
     
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    The reason I offer so many different steels is that it gives so many options for everyone to choose the steel they like to use the most. Plus it helps working with different steels to gain more experience heat treating steel.
     
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    just busting your chops a little....they are all extremely capable and would venture into the woods with any of your offerings. obviously some steels hold an edge a little longer or are tougher than others but steel for the most part, is way over emphasized IMO and less important than geometry and HT.
     
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    I agree and there is no one geometry that does it all.
     
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    What about your Wilderness Trail Knife in comparison? I've got one in A2 I haven't had a chance to take out yet.
     
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    I have one of these. It's a great knife! I picket carry mine in a slip sheath. A2 is a great steel, even better with Scott's HT. Good combination of easy sharpening, toughness and edge holding. Decent corrosion resistance too.
     
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    Appreciate that pubsy, I'm happy to have the WTK and my Tusker. It is some fine work indeed!
     
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    This is my favorites paired.

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    I don't have a UNK but I've handled one, and I've used the snot out of my Tusker Companion.

    So my vote would be a UNK or tusker companion.
     
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    It's a ULP Ultra Light Polaris.
     
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    Definitely worth having. About 1/2" shorter blade but probably at least twice as light. I'll put up some comp pics with a polaris if you want. Will have to do some digging a year or so back
     
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    don't put yourself out too much but yes would love to see comparison/side-by-side
     
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    Hope that is ok to save you a little work, Mur. Pesky shadow. :mad:
     
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    That ULP is my idea of a perfect EDC blade.
    One day... one day.... :rolleyes:
     
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    There are so many good choices in small to medium offerings. I have XL hands too. The Deer Creeks handle fits my XL’s the best out of all the Gossmans I own. I’d say the 5 inch Tusker fits 2nd best, followed by the Polaris.
    I believe that matching the handle to your hand should feel like a handshake and the Deer Creek matches best for me.
     

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