Who needs a chainsaw when you have a Bravo III!? You'll be shouting, "timberrrr!" as the trees fall from the powerful force of the mighty Bravo 3! Well, maybe that's a bit of exaggeration, but the Bravo III is Bark River Knives largest knife and at 25.0 oz, it packs quite a punch! Even though the Bravo III is a very large knife, its uses are many and the outdoorsman will find it a very valuable tool. Obviously its forte is chopping so small tree removal and delimbing are right up its alley. The Bravo III is a great tool for the larger tasks of shelter building and it makes a great draw knife as well. Due to its length and blade thickness, larger batoning chores are handled very well by the Bravo III. Do you have a large animal carcass to break down? With its large size, convex grind and razor sharp edge, the Bravo III will slice and chop its way through the largest of game including African wild game.
There are some excellent design features should be pointed out such as the "handle drop" and the finger choil. The downward angle of the handle provides for more power during chopping actions especially when doing "snap" cuts while the finger choil allows your hand to move forward giving you the option of changing the weight balance to suit your use. The finger choil also provides for better blade control in certain situations. The false edge thins the tip down giving the Bravo III better piercing and drilling ability. And of course the Bravo III features the ultra-comfortable handle design that the Bark River Knives Bravo series is famous for so you can have a very secure grip and not tire as quickly during use. All in all, the Bravo III is a superbly designed knife capable of handling the largest of outdoor tasks quickly, comfortably and easily.
A high quality leather drop loop sheath is included.
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.
Bark River Knives' Series
Bark River Knives assigns a "series" title to most knives they make. This helps to indicate how the knife was intended to be used.
Search & Rescue
11 5/8" (29.52 cm)
9/32" (7.14 mm)
Natural Canvas Micarta, Matte Finish
17 5/8" (44.76 cm)