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#555668 - 09/12/10 05:25 PM Chop Off: Basic 11 vs BWM
Horn Dog Offline
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Registered: 02/22/07
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At the urging of fellow dogs, and thanks to the generosity of sumoj275, I was finally able to experience the impressive slashing and chopping power of the Busse B11 and compare it to the Busse Bushwacker Mistress. First, let me be up front. I am a huge fan of the BWM. I own three of them, one fully convexed. I decided not to use the fully convexed one, which I ground thinner than I would for any person other than myself. After all, some folks don't have a belt sander to fix minor edge damage should it occur. Both the B11 and the BWM in this chop off have coated blades with very sharp convex final edges.


The BWM is 3/16" thick compared to the B11 at 1/4" thick. But the full flat grind and Res C handle make the B11 much lighter. It weighs about a pound on my scale, compared to 22 oz for the BWM. Balance point on the B11 is further forward than the BWM, but is so much lighter, it's still faster in the hand.



That light weight makes the B11 a better machete than the BWM, especially on limber vegetation. It slashed woody brush and palmettos cleaner and easier than the BWM.





I figured the BWM would come into its own in the chopping contest. Wrong again. The B11 bites deep and that forward balance gives it plenty of power in the stroke. The BWM took 30 chops to go through the wood. The B11 did it in just 25.




In summary, the Busse Basic 11 is a better bushwacker than the bushwacker. But I like them both.
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#555669 - 09/12/10 05:33 PM Re: Chop Off: Basic 11 vs BWM [Re: Horn Dog]
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Great review! I love the BWM as well...but being a minimalist (or trying to be)...this is exactly why I sold my BWM, and will be keeping the B11.
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#555670 - 09/12/10 05:35 PM Re: Chop Off: Basic 11 vs BWM [Re: Horn Dog]
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Thanks for the comparison, I will be looking forward to getting it back with that great edge.
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#555671 - 09/12/10 05:52 PM Re: Chop Off: Basic 11 vs BWM [Re: sumoj275]
Happy Birthday stjones Offline
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Registered: 04/09/10
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Thanks for sending that over to our very own master sharpener and reviewer sumo!!!!
Another great job HD!!!
The B11 is awesome.
Thanks for taking the time to write this up with your pics.
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#555672 - 09/12/10 06:05 PM Re: Chop Off: Basic 11 vs BWM [Re: sumoj275]
Horn Dog Offline
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Thanks for the comparison, I will be looking forward to getting it back with that great edge.




I think you'll like it, Jeff. Working on that hawk now.

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#555673 - 09/12/10 06:08 PM Re: Chop Off: Basic 11 vs BWM [Re: stjones]
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Registered: 06/04/09
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Thanks for the comparison and review. I had really wanted a BWM but didn't pull the trigger. Very glad I got the B11. It is a great blade!

Now if I can finish getting the nicks/dings out it will be perfect.
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#555674 - 09/12/10 06:13 PM Re: Chop Off: Basic 11 vs BWM [Re: Sethrotull]
Horn Dog Offline
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Registered: 02/22/07
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Loc: Georgia
Dan could make us a 12" blade flat ground DF!

Check out this bad Hawk!

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#555675 - 09/12/10 06:17 PM Re: Chop Off: Basic 11 vs BWM [Re: Horn Dog]
Rainwalker Offline
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Registered: 02/25/07
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Loc: Middle Tennessee
Congrats on the B11, Vic!!! I knew if you ever got one that you'd love it!!!

As for the idea of a 12 inch DF.... HECK YEA!!! BRING IT DAN!!!!!!!!!!!!
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#555676 - 09/12/10 06:18 PM Re: Chop Off: Basic 11 vs BWM [Re: Rainwalker]
Rainwalker Offline
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Registered: 02/25/07
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Loc: Middle Tennessee
Nice Hawk too!!
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#555677 - 09/12/10 06:27 PM Re: Chop Off: Basic 11 vs BWM [Re: Rainwalker]
Horn Dog Offline
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Registered: 02/22/07
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Congrats on the B11, Vic!!! I knew if you ever got one that you'd love it!!!

As for the idea of a 12 inch DF.... HECK YEA!!! BRING IT DAN!!!!!!!!!!!!




Well this one goes back to sumo. I am impressed.
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