In about 1995, the late Bob Loveless gave Mike Stewart (Bark River Knives owner) the drawings for the hunting knife he designed and asked him to make it. The Classic Drop Point Hunter is the result. What we now have is a Bob Loveless designed knife with Bark River Knives high-performance features, at a fraction of the cost of an original Bob Loveless knife!
This design was Bob's idea of the perfect knife for hunters to carry while pursuing all medium and large species of North American game. The slightly lowered point aids in preventing the piercing of the stomach or intestines of the animal while field dressing. The other subtle feature of the design is how the sharp edge drops away from the line of the hand to increase the cutting angle and make the knife cut more efficiently. The Bark River Knives version of the Drop Point Hunter is the same size as the original Loveless knife. The main difference is that Bob's knives were hollow ground and the Classic Drop Point Hunter features Bark River Knives famous, razor sharp convex grind. This version features the highly popular CPM 3V steel for exceptional edge retention and durability.
This is a "classic" design with a Bark River Knives flair to it!
The handle of the Classic Drop Point Hunter is shaped to fit your hand like a glove.
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%
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