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Busse Badger Attack E
Combat Knife Review

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Finally I got it. It's been a long time since I've been waiting for this one :) In short it's a true Busse knife. Nuclear tough and all that stuff :) I liked the old, straight handled Badger Attack a lot, but I think I like this one more. The eBadger somwhat stands out of the whole new eLine of Busse combat series. This is the only one that got wider blade in new version, and like I've mentioned in my other Busse knives revires, I like straight handled models more, but eBadges is an exception from this rule :) Somehow I like it more than the older one, though the good old straight Badger is a beauty anyways.
    As you can see on this picture Busse Combat basicaly changed the old design, almost completely. New handle, new blade, new sheath, everything is new :) And most importantly, it's a very good knife again :) The blade is wider, got slightly more belly, also it became 1/2" longer. To be precise the blade is 5" long, and OAL is 10".

General

 - It's a very versatile, 100% user knife, that will undoubtly take a lot of use and abuse if necessary, after all we're talking Busse Knives here :) The new, eHandle feels different then the old, straight one, but once you use it you'll find it pretty comfortable. I am not very sure how useful the eHandle will be for the 5 inch long blade, I think the difference is more significant with the larger blades such as Steel Heart E or the Battle Mistress, however, if you're doing some hard work and have to exert a lot f force, you may be able to appreciate the advanced ergonomics of the eHandle, even with Badger Attack :).
    Personally, whenever I have a chance and a choice, take with me more than 1 blade, as usual, small one(s) for lighter tasks, larger blade for whatever else. I've tried just for the heck of it to use small knives for heavy duty tasks and vice versa, and can't say I really enjoyed the results, especially at the end :) First of all it's plain exhausting. Anyways, things happen and if you need, or can carry only 1 blade and the weight matters, then probably you'll want to go with something like Badger or Natural Outlaw, though who knows, you may even prefer a tiny Mean Street :) So far I haven't had a chanve to use my Badger for anything, just played with it for a while.

The INFI blade came in razor sharp, no probs with shaving and slicing free hanging paper. Like I've mentioned above the handle, at least to me feels very comfortable, and overall size makes the Badger an excellent small all-around, utiilty knife. As usual lots of folks object that .25" is excessive for the blade of this size, but I don't know, so far it has never been a problem with the old one, and keeping in mind that I may have to pry open jammed car door :), ok why not :) For aggressive slicing I can use another knife. After all I like using them all :) Sure, if Busse will ever come out with the thinner version of Badgers, I'll try to get one, for the collection and for comparison :)

Specifications:

  • Model - Badger Attack E;
  • Blade - 127.00mm(5")
  • Thickness - 6.35mm
  • OAL - 254.00mm(10")
  • Steel - INFI steel at 58-60HRC
  • Handle - Micarta
  • Acquired - 06/2001 Price - 237.00$
  • Warranty - Unconditional Lifetime;

Last updated - 09/01/11