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  • Fixed, S30V stainless-steel blade has a hardness of 58-60HRC
  • Hand-blended and contoured green G10 polymer handle scales and a vulcanized spacer are held together with pressed titanium tubing
  • The Benchmade 162 Bushcrafter knife comes with a brushed, full-grain buckskin leather sheath that features a D-ring, flint rod loop and retention strap

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Specs

Best Use Camping
Knife Blade Type Straight Edge
Number of Blades 1
Max Blade Length (in.) 4.43 inches
Handle Material G10 polymer
Blade Construction S30V stainless steel
Weight 7.72 ounces
Rated 5 out of 5 by from This is a knife This is an excellent knife, and if you read the reviews above you already know that. However Ill add my voice to theirs. Excellent blade. The material, design, and grind are spot on. Most bushcraft knives are carbon steel with a Scandinavian grind, this blade however is premium stainless steel (s30v is the only steel made specifically for cutlery purposes) with a full flat grind. This mean the blade is ALOT less likely to rust and holds a very good edge for a very long time. I batoned the knife through 6 old hardwood logs and the knife was still sharp enough to shave hair off my arm with minimal effort. The handle design looks odd at first but when you understand the different grips it's designed to accommodate you realize it is well executed. G10 is indestructible so pound away. The back of the blade throws a mean spark off any fire steel. Should this be your only blade in the wilderness? No, but only because the golden rule of bushcraft is: two is one and one is none. I carry the light my fire mora as a back up blade, which is much cheaper and an excellent bushcraft blade in its own right, also available at REI.
Date published: 2013-11-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Backpacking knife!!!! I have had a Bushcrafter from Benchmade since it came out this year. It is a great design by Shane Sibert. I use this knife for sereveral camping and fishing trips. I have also used this knife while hiking. This knife has preformed effortlessly from remedial tasks to splitting kiddling. I would consider this one of the best bushcraft style knives on the market. The sheath is also very nice. Do not hestiate to get this knife. It will be a great add this up coming season.
Date published: 2013-04-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent Bushcraft Knife For Benchmade's first entry into bushcraft knives they did it right the first time. Fantastic blade material that is razor sharp out of the box and pretty much maintenance free for a bushcraft knife. That same excellent choice in handle material and shape. The jury is still out for me on the sheath as others have mentioned. I feel buckskin is too soft a material for such a sharp knife. The sheath does have a kydex insert which is open on the sharp edge knife side and allows that edge to cut into the sheath. I tried the benchmade 162 knife that came with the kydex sheath and it didn't really retain the knife all that well so that is the reason I went with the leather sheath. I reversed and trimmed the kydex insert so the open side was on the spine side of the knife and the closed side on the edge side of the sheath. I feel this fix gives better protection of the threads of the sheath. All in all this is a well made bushcraft knife using first class materials that will last the user a lifetime if you don't lose it.
Date published: 2015-03-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Perfect all around knife This has been such a great knife. I have used it from chopping limbs to cleaning fish. It stayed very sharp. I was a little concerned about the grip at first. It is a unique grip but it feels perfect in my hand. I actually had my car broken into a few weeks ago and I had this knife in a bag. Unfortunately it was stolen, but I immediately went to the store to buy the same knife.
Date published: 2014-09-26
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Solid Knife Solid knife. Thick spine. Good craftsmanship. Very sharp, though secondary edge is striated. Once it begins to dull, I will convert to a convex edge, but waiting for it to dull seems to be a forever proposition. Have done significant woodcraft work and fire-making to keep in practice while waiting for Spring hiking/camping season. Just won't dull enough to justify more than a daily touch-up. Spine is about 5mm thick. Strong, but you will notice that it doesn't act like a kitchen knife when doing food work. Not an issue, but an act of expectation management. It strikes sparks from a steel just fine, but the top of the spine will be slightly disfigured. Cosmetic, but a warning for those that want to keep the finish unmarred. Downside is one aspect of the sheath and that can be fixed. On the good side, I like the dangler loop atop the belt loop, but then, I like dangling my knife. Thumb snap is nice. Fire steel holder works, but you'll need the thick ones (1/4", I think, is what I bought.) Sheath holds knife securely. Strategic rivets reinforce key points. But...there isn't a single channel for the blade edge. There is a leather layer that runs down the seam and is stitched to the front and back edges of the sheath. Great idea lots of sheaths use to keep the knife edge from cutting the stitching. The blade edge, on this sheath, however, slides down either to the left or right of this ridge of leather more often than not. So in replacing the knife, I cut the side of the sheath just above the tube and the rivet that reinforces the top of the sheath tube. Fixed it with epoxy, which I also bedded into the channel where the blade should go. As it hardened, I shaped it to accept the blade. Now, it works perfectly. So, if you are willing to be more careful than me or do half an hour of epoxy mod, the sheath is very nice. Lastly, when wet, it has adequate grip. Contours of the handle ensure that, but the handle material didn't feel as certain as I wanted. I like a grippy feel when handling a sharp knife and while controllable when wet, I wanted more. Now, no one may want to do this, but I took some bike inner tube and pulled it over the handle. Not for the purist, but it works great. Still, with the handle contours, I suppose your grip will be assured anyway, even when wet.
Date published: 2014-02-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from All weather, multi-use bushcrafter! The B.M bushcrafter has been a great all purpose knife. It is a good size, and unobtrusive in the pack. Nice to see a bushcrafter making use of some great advanced materials. It is made out of a high quality Stainless S30V that was extremely sharp out of the box, holds an edge and due to the high grind and good edge geometry is easy to sharpen. The Stainless blade is a nice feature on this modern take of the Bushcrafter as there is no real worry of rusting in the field. Same goes for the G-10 handle, impervious to most environmental conditions. I took some sandpaper to the handle to round the edges a bit, applied some gun oil to the g-10 and now it is dialed in! The Titanium tubing is a nice touch and is practical as it offers a place to use as lashing points on the knife. I like a low maintenance knife in the field! I have used this knife in the snow, rain and in the desert, on a 5 day hiking trip and has performed well. The blade is thick enough to baton without fear of breaking. Sheath is decent and also considering having a kydex sheath made for it. One tuff knife.
Date published: 2013-06-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Unreal This is the best knife I will ever own. The kook named "Naked and afraid" who left a 3-star rating because of its sheath, without even using the knife, breaks my heart deeply. Good luck to you in life. Benchmade explained why they selected the sheath they did (to keep the price down) and everyone agrees it's not great. Get a different one or use a dangler. The knife is a 5-star knife, it will change your life.
Date published: 2016-06-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Sogood I bought two. I wanted a good fixed blade multi purpose outdoor knife that didn't look like a tactical survival or hunting knife. The G10 handle with red liner is attractive and comfortable in the hand, and the S30V stainless steel is easy to maintain and holds and edge well. It comes from the factory sharp as heck and you can mail back anytime if you want Benchmade to put a factory edge back on it, or if you want the edge reshaped. The 90 degree spine is very good at throwing sparks with a ferro rod. The blade is thick and durable enough that I've been able to baton an 8" diameter log into kindling better than if I used an axe. Feather sticking is no problem. I may eventually replace the factory sheath but for now I added a leather dangler and it works just fine. Can perform very well for all sorts of applications, not just bushcraft. I bought a second knife with the coyote G10 handle for use at work, and receive compliments from everyone that see or uses it. This is a knife meant to be used hard, no worries about having to baby it like some high end custom blades. A home run by Benchmade in material and workmanship.
Date published: 2017-02-01
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I can't tell from the pictures how the sheath attaches. Is there a belt loop? What is the D ring for?

Asked by: mbranch
The included sheath does have a belt loop on the back. The D-ring is used for lashing the knife to things like a backpack.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-06-29

What is the width and thickness of the blade?

Asked by: ZomBurgundy
The blade measures 4.17mm thick. The width of the blade is 3 inches at the widest point.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-07-01

Hey, recently I moved to peru and I need a quailty fixed blade for outdoor use, around here in cusco. Was wondering if you guys can ship here. Is it possible? thanks.

Asked by: Daltronation
REI can ship this knife anywhere in the world except New York State.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-06-29
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Rated 5 out of 5 by from This is a knife This is an excellent knife, and if you read the reviews above you already know that. However Ill add my voice to theirs. Excellent blade. The material, design, and grind are spot on. Most bushcraft knives are carbon steel with a Scandinavian grind, this blade however is premium stainless steel (s30v is the only steel made specifically for cutlery purposes) with a full flat grind. This mean the blade is ALOT less likely to rust and holds a very good edge for a very long time. I batoned the knife through 6 old hardwood logs and the knife was still sharp enough to shave hair off my arm with minimal effort. The handle design looks odd at first but when you understand the different grips it's designed to accommodate you realize it is well executed. G10 is indestructible so pound away. The back of the blade throws a mean spark off any fire steel. Should this be your only blade in the wilderness? No, but only because the golden rule of bushcraft is: two is one and one is none. I carry the light my fire mora as a back up blade, which is much cheaper and an excellent bushcraft blade in its own right, also available at REI.
Date published: 2013-11-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Backpacking knife!!!! I have had a Bushcrafter from Benchmade since it came out this year. It is a great design by Shane Sibert. I use this knife for sereveral camping and fishing trips. I have also used this knife while hiking. This knife has preformed effortlessly from remedial tasks to splitting kiddling. I would consider this one of the best bushcraft style knives on the market. The sheath is also very nice. Do not hestiate to get this knife. It will be a great add this up coming season.
Date published: 2013-04-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent Bushcraft Knife For Benchmade's first entry into bushcraft knives they did it right the first time. Fantastic blade material that is razor sharp out of the box and pretty much maintenance free for a bushcraft knife. That same excellent choice in handle material and shape. The jury is still out for me on the sheath as others have mentioned. I feel buckskin is too soft a material for such a sharp knife. The sheath does have a kydex insert which is open on the sharp edge knife side and allows that edge to cut into the sheath. I tried the benchmade 162 knife that came with the kydex sheath and it didn't really retain the knife all that well so that is the reason I went with the leather sheath. I reversed and trimmed the kydex insert so the open side was on the spine side of the knife and the closed side on the edge side of the sheath. I feel this fix gives better protection of the threads of the sheath. All in all this is a well made bushcraft knife using first class materials that will last the user a lifetime if you don't lose it.
Date published: 2015-03-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Perfect all around knife This has been such a great knife. I have used it from chopping limbs to cleaning fish. It stayed very sharp. I was a little concerned about the grip at first. It is a unique grip but it feels perfect in my hand. I actually had my car broken into a few weeks ago and I had this knife in a bag. Unfortunately it was stolen, but I immediately went to the store to buy the same knife.
Date published: 2014-09-26
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Solid Knife Solid knife. Thick spine. Good craftsmanship. Very sharp, though secondary edge is striated. Once it begins to dull, I will convert to a convex edge, but waiting for it to dull seems to be a forever proposition. Have done significant woodcraft work and fire-making to keep in practice while waiting for Spring hiking/camping season. Just won't dull enough to justify more than a daily touch-up. Spine is about 5mm thick. Strong, but you will notice that it doesn't act like a kitchen knife when doing food work. Not an issue, but an act of expectation management. It strikes sparks from a steel just fine, but the top of the spine will be slightly disfigured. Cosmetic, but a warning for those that want to keep the finish unmarred. Downside is one aspect of the sheath and that can be fixed. On the good side, I like the dangler loop atop the belt loop, but then, I like dangling my knife. Thumb snap is nice. Fire steel holder works, but you'll need the thick ones (1/4", I think, is what I bought.) Sheath holds knife securely. Strategic rivets reinforce key points. But...there isn't a single channel for the blade edge. There is a leather layer that runs down the seam and is stitched to the front and back edges of the sheath. Great idea lots of sheaths use to keep the knife edge from cutting the stitching. The blade edge, on this sheath, however, slides down either to the left or right of this ridge of leather more often than not. So in replacing the knife, I cut the side of the sheath just above the tube and the rivet that reinforces the top of the sheath tube. Fixed it with epoxy, which I also bedded into the channel where the blade should go. As it hardened, I shaped it to accept the blade. Now, it works perfectly. So, if you are willing to be more careful than me or do half an hour of epoxy mod, the sheath is very nice. Lastly, when wet, it has adequate grip. Contours of the handle ensure that, but the handle material didn't feel as certain as I wanted. I like a grippy feel when handling a sharp knife and while controllable when wet, I wanted more. Now, no one may want to do this, but I took some bike inner tube and pulled it over the handle. Not for the purist, but it works great. Still, with the handle contours, I suppose your grip will be assured anyway, even when wet.
Date published: 2014-02-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from All weather, multi-use bushcrafter! The B.M bushcrafter has been a great all purpose knife. It is a good size, and unobtrusive in the pack. Nice to see a bushcrafter making use of some great advanced materials. It is made out of a high quality Stainless S30V that was extremely sharp out of the box, holds an edge and due to the high grind and good edge geometry is easy to sharpen. The Stainless blade is a nice feature on this modern take of the Bushcrafter as there is no real worry of rusting in the field. Same goes for the G-10 handle, impervious to most environmental conditions. I took some sandpaper to the handle to round the edges a bit, applied some gun oil to the g-10 and now it is dialed in! The Titanium tubing is a nice touch and is practical as it offers a place to use as lashing points on the knife. I like a low maintenance knife in the field! I have used this knife in the snow, rain and in the desert, on a 5 day hiking trip and has performed well. The blade is thick enough to baton without fear of breaking. Sheath is decent and also considering having a kydex sheath made for it. One tuff knife.
Date published: 2013-06-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Unreal This is the best knife I will ever own. The kook named "Naked and afraid" who left a 3-star rating because of its sheath, without even using the knife, breaks my heart deeply. Good luck to you in life. Benchmade explained why they selected the sheath they did (to keep the price down) and everyone agrees it's not great. Get a different one or use a dangler. The knife is a 5-star knife, it will change your life.
Date published: 2016-06-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Sogood I bought two. I wanted a good fixed blade multi purpose outdoor knife that didn't look like a tactical survival or hunting knife. The G10 handle with red liner is attractive and comfortable in the hand, and the S30V stainless steel is easy to maintain and holds and edge well. It comes from the factory sharp as heck and you can mail back anytime if you want Benchmade to put a factory edge back on it, or if you want the edge reshaped. The 90 degree spine is very good at throwing sparks with a ferro rod. The blade is thick and durable enough that I've been able to baton an 8" diameter log into kindling better than if I used an axe. Feather sticking is no problem. I may eventually replace the factory sheath but for now I added a leather dangler and it works just fine. Can perform very well for all sorts of applications, not just bushcraft. I bought a second knife with the coyote G10 handle for use at work, and receive compliments from everyone that see or uses it. This is a knife meant to be used hard, no worries about having to baby it like some high end custom blades. A home run by Benchmade in material and workmanship.
Date published: 2017-02-01
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I can't tell from the pictures how the sheath attaches. Is there a belt loop? What is the D ring for?

Asked by: mbranch
The included sheath does have a belt loop on the back. The D-ring is used for lashing the knife to things like a backpack.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-06-29

What is the width and thickness of the blade?

Asked by: ZomBurgundy
The blade measures 4.17mm thick. The width of the blade is 3 inches at the widest point.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-07-01

Hey, recently I moved to peru and I need a quailty fixed blade for outdoor use, around here in cusco. Was wondering if you guys can ship here. Is it possible? thanks.

Asked by: Daltronation
REI can ship this knife anywhere in the world except New York State.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-06-29
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