Bravo 1 (A2 Steel)
This knife was developed with the assistance of the Training Unit of the Force Recon Division of the U.S. Marine Corp. These folks bought a large number of knives on the commercial market and tested them without saying anything to any of the makers. The Bark River Gameskeeper came out on top to fit their requirements of a Real Time, General Purpose Survival/Bushcraft Knife. Bark River Knife & Tool was contacted by them and asked to make a knife based on the Gameskeeper with a few changes. The Bravo-1 is the result of their input. The changes were the addition of a ramp style thumb rest on the spine and changing the guard into an Integral Self Guard. They also wanted the choil eliminated to bring the sharp edge all the way to the front of the handle slabs for leverage in notching. The balance of the knife had to be on the first finger. Balance was achieved by skeletonizing the tang to put the weight evenly over the first finger position. The sheath was to be Kydex and attachable to the issue equipment and it's Molle straps. With the location of the eyelets, you can change the sheath from right to left hand carry--upright or inverted carry. You can also attach an optional firesteel carrier and a smaller knife like a Mikro-Canadian in an optional Kydex sheath. The handle slabs had to be epoxied and bolted to and through the blade. All of the Bravo-1 knives have the handle sets attached with bolt sets and they are not removable as the screw slots are ground off when the handles are finished out. The synthetic material handles will all have stainless steel screw sets. All the natural material handle sets are attached with brass bolt sets. The final result is a heavy duty Bushcraft/Survival knife that can stand up to abusive use and keep on going. -- This is a great knife for someone serving in active duty military and will serve them well as a fine outdoor knife as a civilian.