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My first Bussekin blade - SR Mini Uncle Mojo #277993 04/17/09 03:23 PM
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Picked this one up on the bladeforums exchange. I like the feel of the knife, but it is definitely heavy for the length. Weighs around the same as my Ka-Bar Heavy Bowie, which is a couple inches longer and the same thickness. The SR is also more handle-heavy than the Ka-Bar, which is to be expected with the full tang construction.

Anxious to get out and use this one, but you don't care about what I WANT to do - you care about pics, so here goes (CLICK ON PICTURES TO SEE LARGER):


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And some comparison shots with some other larger knives I have and like - a Cold Steel LTC Kukri, and a Ka-Bar Heavy Bowie.


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Re: My first Bussekin blade - SR Mini Uncle Mojo #277995 04/17/09 03:59 PM
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Congrats and Enjoy <img src="/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/thumbup.gif" alt="" />

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Well, I went outside and put it to some use, and I've gotta admit I have mixed feelings. I was batoning in some pretty hard birch, and the edge is pretty nicked up. I purposely picked out a wicked knotty nasty piece to put the blade to the test, and I'm not crazy about the results. The edge took a fair bit of damage, and it's gonna take a lot of work to fix this up. Looks like a lot of rolling and perhaps some chipping too - I will have to clean it up a bit and see what I find.

I didn't mess with the factory edge at all before putting it to work, and it wasn't crazy sharp, but could slice paper.

The knife performed admirably for its size - certainly not as good a batoner as the full flat grind of the ka-bar, but pretty decent. Of course this isn't really a bushcraft-designed knife, but that's how I like to put all my knives through the paces.

Now for the good - the geometry is great for slicing, slashing type motions. I cleared out some thick stands of dead bamboo and it made quick work of them. I also really like the feel of the handle - it was easy to grab the tip of the handle up on for some light chopping, and the choked up position for detail work shaving curls off some birch sticks was very comfortable too. The thumb ramp fits my hand well and doesn't get in the way while choked up.

Apart from the way the edge was damaged, I like this knife a lot so far. We'll see how easily the edge cleans up, and that will have a lot of influence on what I think of the knife in the long run

Re: My first Bussekin blade - SR Mini Uncle Mojo [Re: MustardMan] #277997 04/17/09 06:17 PM
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man i'm a sucker for a recurve. i saw those going on the forum and as always i was really tempted. thanks for the run down. if you get a chase to lay into some more stuff i would love to know what you think. one day i'll be shopping for one but right now i have the m9le and scrapper 5 on my brain.


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Re: My first Bussekin blade - SR Mini Uncle Mojo [Re: lazi] #277998 04/17/09 06:26 PM
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So I cleaned up the knife a little bit, and ran it over an old unloaded strop to at least get some of the gunk and tar out of the damaged bit of the blade so I could snap some pictures of the damage. Here goes:

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I honestly didn't think I abused it THAT hard - unless there was a nail in the birch that I didn't see or something? <img src="/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/confused.gif" alt="" /> <img src="/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/confused.gif" alt="" /> The damage looks to be mostly chipping, so it will take some work to get rid of it.





Great introduction to a new knife, eh? Had it less than a day and I'm already breaking chunks off <img src="/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/grin.gif" alt="" /> <img src="/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/thumbup.gif" alt="" /> <img src="/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/doh.gif" alt="" />

Re: My first Bussekin blade - SR Mini Uncle Mojo [Re: MustardMan] #277999 04/17/09 07:37 PM
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Congrats M/M - you have better "mojo" than Austin Powers! <img src="/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/thumbup.gif" alt="" /> <img src="/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/grin.gif" alt="" /> <img src="/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/grin.gif" alt="" />


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Re: My first Bussekin blade - SR Mini Uncle Mojo [Re: Private Klink] #278000 04/17/09 08:53 PM
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Just confirmed it - not only did some idiot drive a nail deep into the tree who knows how long ago, but they used a hardened tapered shank masonry nail. Now I don't feel nearly as bad about the performance of the edge - I was pounding the hell out of that thing to get it through there, thinking it was just a big knot. Guest that'll teach me to check out the wood a bit more carefully if I am having problems batoning it.

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Just confirmed it - not only did some idiot drive a nail deep into the tree who knows how long ago, but they used a hardened tapered shank masonry nail. Now I don't feel nearly as bad about the performance of the edge - I was pounding the hell out of that thing to get it through there, thinking it was just a big knot. Guest that'll teach me to check out the wood a bit more carefully if I am having problems batoning it.

I knew it had to be something, the edge damage is pretty bad, but still fixable.


Well congrats! I'm going to have to pick up a SR mini mojo/uncle mojo one of these days.

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They look so good.


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I was a little shocked that the edge looked like that after batoning!Had to be a nail or something,my Camp Tramp has taken its fair share of batoning and it never looked like that,in fact the only telltale signs were the scuffs on the coating.Atleast it's broken in now.


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Yeah, it's definitely BROKEN in, now.

I won't feel bad about anything else I put it through, that's for sure.

I was really surprised to find a nail in there - I cut the tree down in my own backyard, and there was never anything hung from it as long as I've owned the place. There was no sign of a nail on the outside, either. The nail must have been driven in a looong time ago, because the tree was completely grown over it by at least a half an inch.

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Yeah, it's definitely BROKEN in, now.

I won't feel bad about anything else I put it through, that's for sure.

I was really surprised to find a nail in there - I cut the tree down in my own backyard, and there was never anything hung from it as long as I've owned the place. There was no sign of a nail on the outside, either. The nail must have been driven in a looong time ago, because the tree was completely grown over it by at least a half an inch.

Similar deal with me. I cut down a Linden in my backyard last year. Went through two chainsaw blades wonder what the heck I was doing wrong or what kind of insane knot was a the bottom of this thing. Finally I gave in, brought in a tree crew to turn the stump into mulch, and the found a massive nail it is as well. I guess the owners from about 20 years ago had a huge nail or spike put in the tree to save it from splitting. Crazy how trees can recover and mask their wounds.

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