This model of the Bark River Knives Bravo-1.5 is made using the "super steel", CPM 3V.
The Bravo 1.5 is a longer version of the extremely popular Bravo-1. The Bravo-1.5 has been produced due to high customer demand. It is a great knife for situations where a larger knife is needed and yet is still compact enough to carry easily. The blade is 5.75 inches which allows the Bravo 1.5 to be used for larger tasks while the great handle design and balance makes it very comfortable to use. The blade length seems to be the sweet spot for many who are looking for a heavy duty, easy to carry field knife. Whether you are breaking down an elk carcass in Colorado or batoning firewood at camp in The Northwest Territories, the Bravo 1.5 will handle the tasks quickly and easily.
The Bravo-1.5 has the same contoured type handle slabs as the Bravo-1 and is one of the most ergonomically friendly knives you can find of this size.
This extraordinary knife is a heavy duty Utility/Fighter/Bushcraft/Survival/Hunting knife that can stand up to abusive use and keep on going.
The Bravo 1 knife has gained quite a reputation and following over the years and we are sure that you will be pleased with the performance of the Bravo 1.5 as well.
About CPM 3V Steel
CPM 3V is a high toughness, wear-resistant tool steel made by the Crucible Particle Metallurgy process. The CPM process produces very homogeneous, high quality steel characterized by superior dimensional stability, grindability and toughness compared to other steels produced by conventional processes. CPM 3V was designed to provide maximum resistance to breakage and chipping in a high wear-resistance steel. This "super steel" offers impact resistance greater than A2, D2, Cru-Wear, or CPM M4, approaching the levels provided by S7 and other shock resistant grades. CPM 3V is intended to be used at 58/60 HRC in applications where chronic breakage and chipping are encountered in other tool steels, but where the wear properties of a high alloy steel are required. The wear and toughness properties of CPM 3V make it an excellent alternative to shock-resistant steels such as S7 or A9, where they typically wear out too quickly, but where grades such as A2, CruWear, or CPM M4 tend to fail by breaking or chipping. CPM 3V offers the highest impact toughness of any tool steel with this range of wear resistance.
While not considered a true stainless steel, CPM3V is considered by some to be a "semi" stainless steel and does exhibit some stainless steel qualities while costing less than a true high-grade stainless steel. One of our customers gave us a great testimony about the stainless qualities of CPM 3V steel. He wanted to put a patina on the blade so he tried vinegar with no effect, then mustard with no effect and finally lemon juice which had no effect!
Carbon - 0.80 %
Chromium - 7.50 %
Vanadium - 2.75%
Molybdenum - 1.30%
This chart will give you an idea of how CPM 3V steel compares to A2 steel & some other steels.