I have the Smoke Jumper knife a few weeks back, but I didn`t had the time until now to review it. I first wanted to have enough time to use for several tests to see its full potential.
The Smoke Jumper knife`s 50-100B blade is made from carbon steel and has a thickness of 3/16 inches. It has a cutting edge is of 5 3/8 inches and a length of 6 inches. On the knife`s top a beautiful false grind can be found which makes for a sharp tip which is still powerful enough for good penetration.
The Bark River Smoke Jumper knife includes a double-quillion guard (some knives have only one quillion) and a handle which is pretty nicely contoured which completely hides its tang. The knife will come in a great leather sheath made by Sharpshooter Sheath Systems.
Immediately when I took the knife out of its box, I noticed how light it feels in my hand. It gives you the feeling that it is weight forward, but yet ideally balanced at the very same time. It`s blade looks like it cannot wait to start cutting. This great knife feels as powerful as a tank, although it is surprisingly light in its weight. No matter the selection of grips, the handle is quite comfortable.
Knife Field Testing
The very first thing I did was to take it and do a little batoning. It wasn`t really necessary, but I was rather curious to see it in action. This knife batons quite well through all the size pieces. The false edge did not really hinder the entire process from what I could tell. I beat on it quite hard to cut some parts of the wood. I do not really know what sorts of wood I`ve mixed, but some part of it were quite tough to cut. Even though is quite light in weight, the Bark River Smoke Jumper knife bites quite deep.
Additionally to being a fighting knife, this seems more like a survival knife. I do not really have the right avenues to test it properly, so I want to stick with what I know. I look around for a few simulated survival-type tasks. The very first thing I noticed was a massive fatwood stump which had been cut, I think, by the Forest Service, so I was it first. Because this stump had a few unique thin ridges on its edge, it was pretty easy to split a few strips.
All in all, this knife has a lot more applications than just combat and survival. It`s well suited for just about any cutting tasks you throw at it. Its light weight makes it perfect for hiking or backpacking. You can even take it to fishing and realize its great potential. It is even great to have it around for day-to-day small tasks. You do not want to miss out this great knife.