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#235395 - 07/27/08 04:10 PM DFLE, BRKT Golok, Hopkinson Golok
Horn Dog Offline
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This is a user's impressions review. No Scrap Yard or other Busse kin knives were damaged in this review.

Having spent most of the weekend outoors doing machete work and picking up dead wood, the break in the recent rains meant I could burn some wood. That meant chopping and splitting some wood.

I chose these three choppers for the job. Left to right:

Scrap Yard Dog Father Limited Edition. It weighs 17 oz with a 10" long, 1/4" thick, 1.75" wide flat ground blade of SR77 steel. The DFLE has a handle of Respirene C.

FE & JR Hopkinson British Special Forces Golok. It weighs 19 oz. It has an 11" long, .20" thick, 2 3/16" wide saber ground blade of Sheffield High carbon steel and a rubber handle. I recently reprofiled the edge to convex.

Bark River Knife & Tool Golok. It weighs 17 oz and has an 11" long, .21" thick, 1 5/16" wide full convex ground blade of 1095 high carbon steel. It has a full tang with riveted on black canvass micarta handles.

I started on this very hard dry maple. The Hopkinson golok, even with the improved edge and extra weight over the cutting edge had a hard time chopping this very hard wood.

I switched over to the BRKT golok. It bit deeper and chopped easier than the Hopkinson. There must be something to that full convex edge thing.

Then I switched over to the DFLE. It chopped better on this wood than the Hopkinson and nearly as well as the BRKT. On some other softer woods, the Hopkinson has chopped a bit better than the DFLE.


Then I did a little splitting of maple wood with the Brit golok. I didn't even need my baton. I just stuck the blade in and pounded the wood and blade together against the chopping block.


It's a splitting machine!

Both the DFLE and BRKT Golok did well spitting, too.



But neither golok can do this ! Thunk!

I'd have to honestly say that all three of these are handy around the camp.

As is my EDC, the famous Rat Trap folder, shown here preparing a skewer from a palmetto frond.

Lunch time!

Perfect.

The Brit golok is a slightly better splitter. The Bark River maybe a slightly better chopper. But the best all-around chopper remains my favorite, the DFLE.


Edited by Horn Dog (07/27/08 06:46 PM)
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#235396 - 07/27/08 04:16 PM Re: DFLE, BRKT Golok, Hopkinson Golok [Re: Horn Dog]
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When I first saw this I was like, "OOH!!!!!!!!"

Another cool test.

Makes me wish I could have gotten a DFLE...
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#235397 - 07/27/08 04:38 PM Re: DFLE, BRKT Golok, Hopkinson Golok [Re: Sharp]
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All of these knives performed well, Sharp. I was expecting my reprofiled Brit Golok to kick some SY and BRKT butt today. But both the BRKT and DFLE are lighter and faster handling and able to do machete work on light vegetation. The Brit Golok is just too blade heavy for that. And it did no better than the DFLE in chopping that very hard wood. The BRKT cuts like a....Bark River. It you've ever used one, you'll know what I mean. My 14 year-old daughter used the BRKT golok to cut some palmetto skewers last night for a weenie roast. She was impressed with how effortlessly it slashed. Maybe I should grind a point on it so I can stick things with it. Would that make it a tanto?
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#235398 - 07/27/08 05:04 PM Re: DFLE, BRKT Golok, Hopkinson Golok [Re: Horn Dog]
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I found that quite interesting as well.

I was expecting the Parang style Golok to excel chopping.

As far as BRKT knives, none of them really appeal to me, besides the Aurora and Bravo-1. However, with those knives, I already have my RMD which will easily be better than both of those, especially with the convex edge you put on it.
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#235399 - 07/27/08 05:27 PM Re: DFLE, BRKT Golok, Hopkinson Golok [Re: Sharp]
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Awesome chop-off as usual, thanks HD. I'm still waiting to get my DFCG out there for a chop-off. Are those all-beef hot dogs? Where's the beer? LOL


Edited by Shaolin (07/27/08 05:28 PM)
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#235400 - 07/27/08 05:33 PM Re: DFLE, BRKT Golok, Hopkinson Golok [Re: Shaolin]
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Sharp, I'm with you on the BRKT, so far are not appealing to me as well. I know alot of people like them, but for the money and really not that cool looking I can get a Bussekin instead, to each his/her own.
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#235401 - 07/27/08 06:06 PM Re: DFLE, BRKT Golok, Hopkinson Golok [Re: Shaolin]
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Quote:

Awesome chop-off as usual, thanks HD. I'm still waiting to get my DFCG out there for a chop-off. Are those all-beef hot dogs? Where's the beer? LOL


The store was out of the all beef franks. I got these made from chicken lips and pigs feet.


Think I could golok this rabbit and cook him on the fire?



Edited by Horn Dog (07/27/08 06:48 PM)
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#235402 - 07/27/08 06:38 PM Re: DFLE, BRKT Golok, Hopkinson Golok [Re: Horn Dog]
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If you are quick enough, LOL
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#235403 - 07/27/08 06:39 PM Re: DFLE, BRKT Golok, Hopkinson Golok [Re: Horn Dog]
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Bark rivers...
I'll probably be getting some soon.


some of their designs are really starting to appeal for me, and full convex really is hard to beat!
Busse is starting to do more convex grinds which is really cool.
I hope they start doing some more convex grinds.
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#235404 - 07/27/08 06:42 PM Re: DFLE, BRKT Golok, Hopkinson Golok [Re: Shaolin]
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I think I can hit him. But if I miss, I'll have to look for my golok in all that thick brush. What would Bear Do? He would look around for some long-dead one and eat it. If times get hard enough, my .22 is handy.
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