Buck Knives 850 Bravo - July 2009 Off-Road Cool ToolPosted in Product Reviews on July 1, 2009
Buck Knives' Bravo Combines Unique Looks With Reliable Performance Hitting the dirt, mud, sand or snow makes you an off-road lover. That, by extension, makes you an outdoor lover.
Like you, we're outdoor adventurers who make sure that not only are our vehicles ready to go but that we're geared up, as well. And we never feel fully prepared unless we have a trusted folder knife or multitool clipped to our pockets. These aren't meant to be "tough guy accessories" to appeal to the badass poseur aesthetic. Instead, these handy items provide real utility in times of repair or emergencies.
Knowing this, Buck Knives recently let us test its 850 Bravo folder knife. See below for how it fared in our unscientific testing.
The Bravo's distinctive tip is not quite a "tanto" shape and not quite a "coping" edge. Its triple-edge point design has equal thickness throughout the blade's length, making it rigid and reliable for prying, wedging and puncturing. This is convenient if you've blown a heater hose and need to perform a slice-and-replace emergency repair job.
Best of all, the Bravo is sharp-very sharp. That's because it's made with one of our favorite materials: 154CM stainless steel, which is great for re-sharpening, edge retention and corrosion resistance. Whether it was cardboard boxes or firewood, the Bravo made short work of whatever we fed it.
The Folding Factor
With ambidextrous thumb studs, the Bravo is a cinch to open. Plus, the liner lock can easily be pushed in with your thumb when closing the blade to ensure convenient one-handed operation.
Again, Bravo chooses one of our favorite materials: The handle is made of textured G10, which provides a firm grasp without sacrificing durability. Plus, the stainless steel pocket clip is adjustable for both right- and left-handed users. If you don't want to clip it to your belt or pocket, the Bravo has a lanyard hole at the butt-end for string or parachute cord to secure it to your rig or gear.
However, Bravo's handle is a thicker than we'd like and a bit on the heavy side.
Manufacturer: Buck Knives
Length of Blade: 3.5 in
Overall Length: 8.5 in
Weight: 6.5 oz
Retail price: $132
The Final Verdict
A knife's main function is to cut, and the Bravo performs this so well that it's enough for us to overlook its bulky stature. It's not the best blade if you're looking for something lightweight and compact, but it's great if you want something functional and sturdy while out 'wheeling or camping.
Plus, the Bravo's modern aggressive aesthetic is an added bonus.