TBS Grizzly Bushcraft Survival Knife - DC4 & Firesteel Edition - Turkish Walnut
It is now available in 2 different handle varieties, Curly Birch and Turkish Walnut and we have also modified the Boar sheath to make a full leather variant for the Grizzly. This new sheath will also take the accessory pouches, as featured in the Boar and Lynx, to make it a truly versatile knife. This version, for example, comes with the leather front pouch which contains a Fallkniven DC4 Sharpening stone and a TBS Firesteel.
The TBS range of knives are made from top quality European materials and are built to last. The Grizzly is no exception as it is made from 6mm thick, K720 High Carbon Tool Steel and handled with Curly Birch or Turkish Walnut.
High quality K720 High Carbon Tool steel is one of the toughest steels out there and is used widely to make high precision tools that need to stand up to some serious punishment. This makes it ideal for this type of knife. We have deliberately selected very high quality steel for our knives, it may make them more expensive but it is something we weren't prepared to compromise with.
The blade is 5" (125mm) long with a wickedly sharp Scandi Grind. It is 6mm thick making it super tough and has a cutout depression on the spine which is perfect for striking your firesteel. On test this knife performed faultlessly, cutting, chopping, feathering and eating up any task it was set to. After testing it was still shave sharp.
The handle is 4 7/8" (120mm) long and is wonderfully sculptured and ergonomic. This is unlike so many knives where the makers insist on slab sided scales which unfortunately makes them rather uncomfortable to use for prolonged periods of time - NOT The Grizzly.
This knife has been scaled up in size so that the steel is 50% thicker, this also means that the Scandi Grind has been made 50% deeper so that it follows the same angles as all of our knife range regardless of size or thickness. This can appear a bit deceptive in the images.
There is now a choice of sharpening stone available the DC4 whetstone which consists of a fine diamond stone (25 micron) and a very special ceramic stone, made of synthetic sapphires. The CC4 is the same except it replaces the diamond element with a super fine ceramic honing surface
The advantage of these materials, although they get worn, will still keep their flat shape this is important when you sharpen your knife. And, since these materials are the hardest we know of, they will sharpen any steel, even these extremely hard powder steels.
The firesteel in this model is our own TBS ferrocium rod Firesteel which is the "Fatboy" model (12.5mm thick) that gives a shower of sparks at over 3000c (5400f). It makes firelighting SO much easier and will give you thousands of strikes. It also comes with its own, very useful striker which has a useful roamer measuring scale and a bottle opener.
- K720 High Carbon Tool Steel - 6mm thick
- 5" (125mm) Length Scandi Ground Blade
- Firesteel striker cutout
- 4 7/8" (120mm) Length Handle
- Typical Steel Analysis - Carbon 0.90%, Manganese 2.00%, Chromium 0.35%, Silicon 0.25%, Vanadium 0.10%.
- HRC 58
- Super Grade, sculptured, Turkish Walnut.
- TBS Firesteel (Included)
- Fallkniven DC4 Sharpening Stone (Included)
- Lifetime Guarantee against any defect in manufacturing, material and workmanship.
It's a beast of a tool! Much bigger and heavier than expected and feels bomb proof. I bought the high carbon steel which proved very time consuming to get a mirror edge on (using 800, 1200, 6k, 8k & 10k grit waterstones) but after a weekends use on a bushcraft course in the Lakes, it didn't loose its edge even slightly. Superb at batoning wood and makes light work of shaping wood to your needs but isn't great at the finer details or delicate work (the blade is seriously fat! I think the edge would benefit from a slightly shallower scandi grind). I selected Turkish wallnut handle which feels a little rough and unfinished but turned out to be perfect in the wet Lakes weather giving a solid grip. The sheath is just a work of art and holds the fire steel, sharpening stone and knife together beautifully. The sharpening stone in my opinion is purely for field repairs but it's a quality item. The firesteel isn't the best though and I will replace it with one of the leading brands after doing a field test comparison. All in all, it's a brilliant package if you want tool that does it all but may have been a little OTT for a bushcraft course. In hindsight the Boar version may have been more suitable.
A great knife, heavy, tough, shave sharp & comfortable to hold & use. The Turkish Walnut handle on mine is beautiful. The leather sheath with ferro rod & sharpening stone option is good quality, thick leather. Well stitched & tough to keep the knife safe in its place. Can be carried vertical or horizontal on up to one & a half inch wide bridle thickness leather belt. I am very glad I bought the best with the extra options. I would buy another one any day, but this one will last a lifetime!