Busse Battle Mistress

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  1. Revolverrodger

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    I have been using this knife for a while now and really enjoy it. I have ment to make a review of it for a while but finally decided to take out the camera and makea little video about it.
    I have to say that it is one of my favorite large choppers and is a pretty good knife even for smaller knife tasks like feather sticking etc...
    Definitely an excellent large survival knife !

     
  2. Lee C.

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    That's a awesome looking blade right there!!! Looks like a zombie Killin crocodile cutting slash thru anything machine! I do like big heavy blades....must be my ancestors calling...:D
     
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    I always liked that one. Had one many years ago and sold it off for something I probably no longer have. Such is the life of a gear junkie.
    Great knife.
     
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    I’m ready for the crocodile zombies !!!
     
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    They still sell it in their site !
     
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    Always wanted one but could never afford it.
     
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    My nephew has one of those. We were sawing up chunks of around 8 or 10 inch maple and he was batoning it with it.
    It's a beast!
     
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    I agree that they are quite expensive
    At least they are made in the USA
     
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    While Busse makes great knives, and I have bought and sold them over the years, the laws of physics still apply to them, despite what their fans think.

    :)

    -Stan
     
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    My single Busse experience with one of their Mistresses was largely negative.
    After a long delay, losing my order, making promises on delivery they didn't keep, and taking most of a year to come through, once in hand I decided it wasn't all that special & not a supremely good fit in my hand.
    Got a custom sheath made for it, had great intentions.
    Then.....

    Mentioned a couple less than worshipful comments about it on their forum, nearly got lynched, and finally sold it for about what I paid for it.
    Never left the house except for one patio photo to list it, and then to the PO to get rid of it.

    This illustrates the value of being able to hold something in your hand before you commit $300 on an order for a knife you've never seen in person. :)

    The Busse Bunch regards these things as religious objects of worship.
    I didn't.
    Nice, but I had no desire to have sex with it like I think some of those people do.
    Wasn't the blade for me.
    Denis
     
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    I absolutely agree... there is a cult like following on bladeforums
    Busse knives are well made but there is no magic with INFI or SR-101. They are just well balanced steels in my opinion

    I like the design of the battle mistress and I like choppers so that’s why I bought it


     
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    If it fits you & your life, that's great.
    Wasn't knocking your choice, just relating my experience. :)

    I do still have one of the old sister company Swamprat Desert choppers.
    What was it- Santoprene handle? Coyote Tan.
    Good handle for me, zone hardened steel, a configuration I can use, and it didn't cost no $300. :)
    It's ridden in the ATV breakdown box for several years.
    Denis
     
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    I’m not a big chopper knife guy, but it was a well done video review. Thanks for recording it & posting it here.
     
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    My nephew also has one, or more, and has traded in and out of several Busse models over the past ten years or so. I can take them or leave them. While undoubtedly "bash-able", being so heavy and basically a "sharpened prybar", I never felt the need for one. I can see packing one if serving in harms way. But then again, I would probably pack a breaching hawk instead.
    Regards
     
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    Thanks for taking time to make a video, well done! Looks like you found a really nice sheath for yours!

    Busses aren't for everybody, but neither are trackers, kepharts, saks, multi tools, AR15s, AK47s or sniper rifles. Depends on your use and interest.

    Mine doesn't get used as much since I picked up a skrama, but it's been nice to have around camp. I won't be getting rid of it, it's been around a while. 20190112_122544.jpg 20190112_122640.jpg
     
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    Words of wisdom right there, friends. Best definition of "hike your own hike" with regards to edged tools that I've yet seen.
     
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