For years, Bark River Knives has received many requests for a slightly longer Bravo-1 with a clip-point blade. They have listened and responded by producing the Bravo Squad Leader, a welcome addition to the Bravo series.
The Bravo Squad Leader has the same Bowie-style clip-point that most American military-issue knives have incorporated since World War II. The handle is identical to the original Bravo-1 with the blade being wider from spine to cutting edge, resulting in a little more blade weight. But, the balance point is still on the first finger.
Judging by pre-production interest, the Bravo Squad Leader will likely become just as popular and just as highly respected as the legendary Bravo-1.
One of the greatest features of the Bravo Squad Leader is the extreme versatility that it offers. Obviously it is a very capable military knife but it is just as capable when it comes to outdoor tasks such as batoning, large game breakdown, shelter building and limb clearing. It is a robust knife which features full tang construction, .217" thick steel, durable A2 Tool Steel, a large lanyard loop and a smaller lanyard hole and a very comfortable handle.
A heavy duty leather belt sheath with firesteel loop is included
About A2 Carbon Steel
AISI A2 is a carbon steel with the addition of 5% chromium and 1.1% molybdenum, allowing it to quench in still air (A for Air.) While stainless amounts of chromium (12% or more) make tool steel gummy and hard to sharpen, the modest amount of chromium in A2 improves its toughness and abrasion resistance, but imparts only a slight measure of corrosion resistance (like high carbon steel, it will rust and appropriate preventative care must be taken.) During heat treatment the chromium addition combines with some of the carbon in the alloy to form chromium carbides: tough, hard particles dispersed through the steel. These carbides are the primary contributors to A2's celebrated edge retention. A2 is one of the steels that responds well to cryogenic treatment. This extreme cold treatment (-320 degrees F) essentially finishes the original quench, increasing the Steel's toughness without any decrease in hardness. You get increased wear resistance without any increase in brittleness so a cryogenically treated blade will hold its edge longer. You can keep working instead of sharpening. A2 is a great steel that offers a real improvement in edge retention over some of the simpler carbon steels.
Bark River Knives assigns a "series" title to most knives they make. This helps to indicate how the knife was intended to be used.
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