It was late on a dark, bone-chilling, record setting February night in the Northeast. The family needed a fire. After too much time cooped-up in the house, I needed a quick Bushcraft fix. So out came my trusty BHK (Battle Horse Knives) CanteenShop Woodcrafter, and my BHK Small Workhorse to prep kindling, and practice my feather sticking skills.
Both the are made from O1 tool steel, which means they take a wicked, shaving sharp edge, exhibit good edge retention, and are fairly easy to resharpen. You DO have to keep them oiled to prevent rust. (Neither would be my choice for a dedicated in-shore / off-shore fishing knife, nor for any kind of long-term use in a salt-water environment.)
The BHK CanteenShop Woodcrafter, the bigger of the two, has a 4-inch, 5/32-inch thick (new versions are 1/8″ thick, in-line with current trends), spear-point blade, and features the Bushcrafter’s favorite, classic Scandanavian (Scandi) grind, along with a 90* sharpened spine for throwing sparks from a firesteel, like a ferrocerium (ferro) rod. Built specifically for Bushcraft use, the BHK CanteenShop Woodcrafter excels at tasks like batoning (splitting) wood for kindling, making feather sticks, making bow drill sets and other carving / woodworking tasks, like making tent stakes. Though they’ll certainly get the job done, Scandi’s generally aren’t the best food prep knives, or slicers.
The BHK Small Workhorse, the smaller of the two, has a 3 1/8-inch, 1/8-inch thick, drop-point blade, and features the more general-use Saber grind. A scaled-down version of another BHK favorite, the Small Workhorse is specifically designed as a hunting knife, for field dressing small to medium sized game, like whitetail deer. However, with it’s more general-purpose Saber ground blade, the Small Workhorse also excels as an EDC, utility, camping / campcraft and food prep knife. Me thinks it’ll make a great bird-n-trout knife. As long as you respect the limits imposed by blade length, the Small Workhorse also makes a very good Bushcraft knife. In fact, most people, especially beginners, have an easier time making feather sticks with a Saber ground blade than they do with a Scandi. Most of those finer, thinner, smaller, tighter curls you see in the pics below came from the Small Workhorse. The only thing I’d like to see on the Small Workhorse is a 90* sharpened spine, like that on the Woodcrafter and other BHK Bushcraft knives. I may just add that myself.
Suffice it to say, both are GREAT, American-Made, heirloom quality knives, and both are an absolute pleasure to use!
I’ll tell ya, carving some curls isn’t a bad way to relax…
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