rob evans bush tool

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woof

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Apr 12, 2008
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i was fortunate enough courtesy of maarten (nightfly) to have this knife as part of the pass around he aranged. i would have to say that in my limited experience this is probably the best knife i have ever had the good fortune to use.

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the beast in question

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the dangler sheath comes apart allowing the sheath itself to be used as a neck sheath. the sheath is very well made and of good quality leather.

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the naked knife

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shown along side my jlt woodlore

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it arrived shaving sharpe out of the box

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used it to batton some knotty pine

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the knife remained sharp even after all that battoning, and was excellent at shaving kindling and making feather sticks

i used it to carve a new pot hanger

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i realy enjoyed my time with this knife and would like to thank maarten for loaning it out and rob evans for making it

i feel this knife is the one suited to the british woods and to that end im going to have to get myself one! anyone who has not tryed one should do.

regards rob
 
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robevs73

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It's a close copy of a skookum bushtool, I do a sharper point ,different sheath and a steeper grind than the skookum, I find the grind on the skookum far to acute for a zero grind, my mate had one and after its first proper sharpen the edge just stripped off as soon as it cut a stick.
I really like the design of this knife so I make these now instead of woodlore clones.
 

plastic-ninja

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I count myself very fortunate to own a Rob Evans knife a little smaller and simpler than this model.
Superb fit all round and fantastically sharp from the start it is now my favourite knife.The sheath is also
simple and superbly well crafted.Everyone who has seen this knife now covets it........................
But it's mine!
Simon
 

SimonD

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Oct 4, 2010
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I count myself very fortunate to own a Rob Evans knife a little smaller and simpler than this model.
Superb fit all round and fantastically sharp from the start it is now my favourite knife.The sheath is also
simple and superbly well crafted.Everyone who has seen this knife now covets it........................
But it's mine!
Simon

i second all of that. was lucky enough to get one of robs knives a couple of months ago and it is fantastic. all my other knives are jealous because i don't play with them anymore :)
 

leon-1

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Rob's work is very good, his reputation for making very good serviceable tools is growing daily. Having handled some of his work I would say that pound for pound you get bargain handmade cutlery at a budget price. His leatherwork is also exceptionally good, he uses good quality leather and his edging, stitching and finishing are of a very high quality.

One point to note is sharpness, it was mentioned that Rob's knives arrive sharp, that would be an understatement, Rob has a tendency to send knives out that are at a standard of sharpness that he would be happy to use himself for Bushcraft (Rob is a very talented Bushcrafter himself). Also edge retention is exceptionally good. All in all you can't go too far wrong in dealing with him.
 
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knifefan

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Nov 11, 2008
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I'm also a proud owner of a "Bushey Clone" set, and can honestly say they are some of the best knives I've ever owned - and have no intention of ever letting them go!!!
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and also just had a great sheath made by Ian Atkinson (nothing wrong with Rob's leather work - but the horizontal one is better for getting in out of the landy on a daily basis!!!)

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gordonmac

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It's a close copy of a skookum bushtool, I do a sharper point ,different sheath and a steeper grind than the skookum, I find the grind on the skookum far to acute for a zero grind, my mate had one and after its first proper sharpen the edge just stripped off as soon as it cut a stick.
I really like the design of this knife so I make these now instead of woodlore clones.

Those really are beautiful knives, Rob. I kinda strayed over to the dark side of production knives, but stuff like this really makes me want to keep an eye out for your posts on the Maker's Market!
 

robevs73

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What are the big holes in the middle of the handles for?

You can tie the knife far more securely to a stick or pole with two holes, this enables you to use the knife as a mini scythe for grass collection or to cut stuff that's to high up. Or you can be really silly and make it into a spear.
 

marcelxl

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May 2, 2010
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I have one of these knives, a couple of months in and I love it! in use, in looks & finish and Rob is a star to deal with...... Reccommend the knife and him without hesitation

The only thing that I have found is the sheath, although a thing of beauty and Robs work cannot be knocked, its the first time I have had a dangler sheath and I can't get used to it!
But with the that system you can do a neck carry so its all good! I intend to get Rob to make me another sheath as soon as I can and hope to have another one of his knives with me before too long.
 

Squidders

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You can tie the knife far more securely to a stick or pole with two holes, this enables you to use the knife as a mini scythe for grass collection or to cut stuff that's to high up. Or you can be really silly and make it into a spear.

Or to tie 3 of them together for each hand when you're feeling a little Wolverine.

Silliness aside though, thanks for answering - I wouldn't have thought of incorporating that into a knife design.
 

maddave

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Jan 2, 2004
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Yup another big thumbs up for Robs Bushtools. I have one and it's my primary knife now.. Does everything fantastically well !!
 

Neumo

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Jul 16, 2009
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Interesting, as I am am planning to get a new custom busy tool & the Shookum Bush Tool was one of the ones I was looking at.
 

Kepis

Bushcrafter through and through
Jul 17, 2005
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Neumo, remind me nearer time and i'll bring this along to the Sussex meet for you to have a look at

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robevs73

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Interesting, as I am am planning to get a new custom busy tool & the Shookum Bush Tool was one of the ones I was looking at.
I hear you would have a bit of a wait for a skookum, unless you get one second hand they do pop up on BB occasionally £200+
 

tobes01

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Just have to give another HUGE thumbs up to Rob, both for the quality of these wonderful knives, and for being such an all-round decent chap to deal with. I've never held a knife anywhere near as comfortable. When I lost my first one (argh grumble moan) I went straight back to him for two more, and he couldn't have been more helpful.
 

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