TBS Boar knife family - Review (pic heavy)

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  1. SteelKingdom

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    Part 1 out of 5
    Hi All,
    this is my first ever review so be gentle - comments & questions are welcome!
    Sorry for so many splits the forum limits the amount of photos per post for me.
    I was looking for a new bushcraft knife after I decided to upgrade from my moras
    also have a BK2 which is a nice knife but I was disappointed with it.
    I wanted something better but no too expensive - I made my decisions before joining this forum so I see more knives in my future.
    after looking I found a family of blades that I liked.
    and as a present to myself after 50days active service during our latest conflict (I am an active reserve service man - and please no politics)
    I ordered a family of boar knives from the bushcraft store in UK
    this is by no term an endorsement just sharing my experience and review of the knives
    the box arrived well packed:
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    in the box:
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    the first reason I liked them all is they all have a scandi grind and all come in curly birch, I love wooden handles.
    I bought 3 different knives:
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    some statistics first:
    Steel info:
    14C28N Sandvik Stainless Steel - Carbon 0.62%, Manganese 0.6%, Silicon 0.010% (max), Chromium 14%, Phosphorus 0.010 (max), Nitrogen 0.11% (HRC 57)
    K720 Carbon Steel - Carbon 0.90%, Manganese 2.00%, Chromium 0.35%, Silicon 0.25%, Vanadium 0.10%. (HRC 58-60)
     
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    A Fixed blade - TBS Boar:
    K720 Carbon Steel - 4mm Thick
    4 3/8" (110mm) length blade
    4 3/4" (120mm) length handle
    with sheath fire steel and a DC4 stone.
    I have added one of JT Handcraft fantastic dangles with a great color match :)
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    Boar Folding Lock Knife:
    K720 Carbon Steel - 3mm thick
    95mm (3 3/4")length blade
    120mm (4 3/4") length handle
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    Part 4 out of 5
    An EDC - Boar Folding Pocket Knife:
    14C28N Sandvik Stainless - 2.5mm thick
    70mm length blade
    100mm length handle
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    Part 5 out of 5

    all blades arrives hair splitting sharp from the box and all spines can be used well with a firesteel.
    although using the stainless on the stainless left marks on the blade.
    both the lock blade and the fixed blade have similar handle sizes which is very comfortable.
    so next report will be after using the blades for some time
    and I like their logo :)
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    also a bit about their customer service which I think is an important part of any merchant review
    First because I bought all 3 knives I got a small discount :)
    There was a mixup in shipping and instead of a curly birch firesteel I ordered I got another version (in the pics).
    a short mail to their customer service sorted this out and a new correct one is on the way.
    their mail communication is great and they are very responsive.
     
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    VERY interested in hearing how they preform.....please keep us posted as you progress in your use of these blades.
     
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    I've been interested in their folding knives for sure. I'll be looking forward to seeing how they perform. I wonder if the handle can be modified to have a finger choil like the fixed blade.
     
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    Those are beautiful! I can't wait for the use review and congrats on some beautiful knives!!!!
     
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    handsome knives, right there ...
     
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    Good looking blades. I like the pig. Happy day
     
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    more please!
     
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    Hi
    For a knife review you need to use the knives :)
    First, the EDC I carry it daily now and use it for common tasks (boxes, letters, fruits etc.. ) doing it very well.
    A bit heavy to be carried loose in the pocket but fits perfectly in my small change pocket (i think that what the pocket for).
    Need to add a lanyard for easier pulling.
    overall till now very happy.
    One insight, the hinge needs to be oiled, it does not have a nail grove and it will be hard to open with wet hands or gloves.
    I didn't see any outings in the near future so I decided to practice some skills at home for the testing the other blades.
    The skill selected this time was the bow drill - had success in the past but its all about practice.
    I apologize if the pics are a bit dark this is the result when you start at 23:00.
    The tree selected is "Acacia saligna" commonly known by various names including coojong, golden wreath wattle, orange wattle, blue-leafed wattle, Western Australian golden wattle, and, in Africa, Port Jackson willow, is a small tree in the family Fabaceae. Native to Australia.
    it was introduced here in the beginning of the century.
    here are preparation:
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    Started with some feather testing and both felt quite the same
    this was done with the fixed boar
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    and this with the folder - it was quite a challenge on such a small piece
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    The first thing I noticed is that although both knives has similar sized handles (the folder handle is a bit longer) and the blade on the fixed is thicker
    The folder handle is thicker due to construction,the fixed is a bit better balanced because of that.
    even so both handles are very comfortable for me.

    now to the drill, made two one with each knife.
    both worked great but the fixed longer blade made life bit easier
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    Next I made the bearing block using some pine and a seashell
    for this I opted for the fixed and making the cavity for the seashell was easy and carving with the tip was well controlled.
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    for the A Hearth board I did something against my better judgment but for the sake of the review.
    light batoning with the folder on a branch about 2'' thick and 5~6'' long
    it split the branch easily and did not loose the lock on the blade.
    but the batoning loosened one of the screws (marked in the pic) and the blade was a bit loose (in the open position) after that.
    it was an easy fix using a small Allen screwdriver bit from my multitool.
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    next was the bow stripped by both knives just to get the feel of it.
    so here is the complete set
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    did an initial burn on the drills and hearth broads and decided it was way to late to start a fire
    so here are the two sets ready for play.
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    tested both knives after and both stayed sharp
    both shaved but not as easily as out of the box and I think it understandable
    and both cut paper easy.

    so my conclusion so far
    the fixed blade is a solid bushcrafting knife solid and well balanced with a good handle
    I know the folder is more interesting to some and I think its a very good knife when you cant/dont want to carry a fixed blade
    when open it feels like a fixed blade with a very nice handle size just a shorter blade.
    one thing I have noticed it that the edge finish is not perfect (well its not a custom or supper hige end) and had a bit of uneven cutting edge - but still on the edge was supper sharp
    I think that is something that honing or sharpening will remove.

    Thanks it for now -more will come with more use or until I am tired with such long posts :)

    as always comments and questions are welcome
     
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    Hi
    An update.
    I used the fixed and large folder quite a lot at home and out as a cooking knives.
    The fixed blade handled quite nicely cutting hard and soft vegetables and meat. Much better from a mora black which it the same thickness.
    The large folder is fantastic for any work vegetables or meat.
    The more I use them the more I like them.
    But would consider today to get them in micarta and not wood for easier maintenance and cleaning.
     
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    Nice looking set / family of blades you got there SteelKingdom. I have a very similar style, a GM Timberwolf in curly birch, one of my favorite users.

    I'm looking for a scandi folder. Thanks for posting man, I really like this folder.

    Boar Folding Lock Knife:
    3mm thick
    95mm (3 3/4")length blade
    120mm (4 3/4") length handle
     
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    I like the folder a lot and from my experience so far I can recommend it.
     
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    yeah, I think that I'm going to get this folder at some point. I'll wait for a year or two so they can work out the kinks with the loose screws (probably a bit of loctite blue would secure it for a long while), and the grind quality.

    Thanks for the review!
     
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    Had an eye on tbs boar for a while. Came close to buying one several times. Thanks for the initial review. Im looking forward to see how you like it over time. I think tbs offers a lot of knife for the money. Thanks
     
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    A folder that's not stainless is not easy to find. The last time I talked with BHK, they were developing an O1 folder, but this review and introduction deserves further investigation. Thanks.
     
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    over the weekend did some hiking and made some food preparation
    used the fixed blade and I like it
    Sorry remembered to take only one pic - but it was used for vegetables and meat
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    an update
    the Boar family lost a memeber
    the large folding knife have developed a freedom/miss alignment in the blade
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    I have contacted the store which gives 100% backup for their knives and fantastic service
    I was promptly offered a replacement to be sent my way
    as I found oud such a knife did not get much use I rather use the fixed blade or the smaller folder (EDC)
    I asked for store credit and got my self the bigger brother in the family - the Grizzly
    will update
     
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    Nice Review Thanks for sharing.

    I'm looking forward to your review of the Grizzly and hopefully a comparison with the Boar and your BK2

    I've been looking at the Grizzle for a while now, but as i have the BK2 I cant really justify a new knife, although I do think the BK2 is build like a tank and is indestructible, however it is slightly too heavy for me
     
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    luckily I have all 3 I will try to do a review with all 3
     
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    A nice looking trio
     
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    Hi

    Your obviously a switched on fella. I’ve watched the TBS knife develop over time. The gent that owns ‘the bushcraft store’ here in the UK really went to town on the development of the knife range. He corresponded with the Royal Marines ML branch, who then got the USMC ML’s at pickle meadows to help out. The RAF survival and E&E centre helped. Even SAS and SBS survival and E&E instructors (ML 1’s) looked at the design. It went to Bavaria and the LRRP’s guys liked it. It got around big time. Then the civilian world tweeked the design a little. The final input was complete. So if you buy them of judgement and knowledge you know your sh*t.
     
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    Is that the folder you used to baton with ?
     
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    I am guessing from the direction of the red arrow the play in the blade is up and down as opposed to side to side? If that is true it's funny mine did the same exact thing I still have the knife but this was only about after a week's worth of use I could never figure out how to tighten it up a fixed it and so far I've just lived with it but I have not used that knife and almost 2 years.
     
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    @bushwolf had one of the small folders with him at the recent Puckerbrush Primitive Gathering. It was one of the nicest slipjoint knives I've seen in quite some time.
     
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    Thanks for bringing this thread to my attention @x39
    The TBS Boar EDC has been a great knife for me, it is very well suited for carving, and still useful for other typical pocketknife tasks.
    I found it to be slightly too thick and heavy to carry well loose in the pocket, so I made a neck sheath for mine, a belt sheath would work just as well too.
    The steel is done right, keeping a good edge while also being easily resharpened, and the slipjoint mechanism is one of the best fitted of any I have seen.
    As mentioned above, the spring is very strong, so opening it with cold/wet hands or gloves could prove difficult, the newer versions of the knife now have a nail nick, which probably helps this a bit, but as an edc and carving tool it’s never really posed a big problem for me.
    I highly recommend the TBS knives based on my experience, and would love to try one of their fixed blades at some point.
     
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    I own a TBS boar. Has the stone and fire steel on sheath. It's my first "Bushcraft" knife... always used a buck 110,119, or whatever else blade I had for woods work. I really like mine and have had great experience with the folks who sell em.. really nice. Their knives are,in my view, an excellent deal for the money. I'd definitely recommend them.
     

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