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Busse Mean Street
Combat Knife Review

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Busse Mean Street

This tiny (compared to Battle Mistress) knife from Busse I got because of pure curiosity. On the pictures it didn't look very attractive to me, but since it was made of the same INFI steel, I figured that living in Bay Area I may find more use for the smaller 3.5 inch long blade than for the Battle Mistress. So I have ordered this one as an addition to BM.
    Surprises are nice, I mean the good ones ;) & the Mean Street was a very good surprise. It has a small blade. only 3.5 inches, the handle is longer than the blade, but it's a beautiful knife, I liked it a lot when I actually got it. Because the blade is smaller it was hard to tell, whether it had the same grind type, thus the question how do you sharpen Mean Street was unanswered. Andy Prisco confirmed, that yes it does have the same asymmetrical grind, therefore the sharpening is the same.

General

 - I have used Mean Street pretty much hard by now, it's a great tool & the same Nuclear Tough. I don't really know what you have to do to damage this knife. The edge retention is great & when it looses sharpness it's real easy to bring it back just by few strokes on the ceramics stone,(one side only, trailing motion) & then stropping. Don't know about ergonomic handles, but I really like the handle on the Mean Street. Comfortable, secure grip, except if you do real hard stabbing, your hand probably will slide down to the guard, not that you risk to cut your hand, but the finger will be sort of sore when hitting the guard. Also cutting cardboard was more problematic than with my Nimravus. Mainly because the Nimravus has much thinner blade, when Mean Street has a very thick spine. On the other hand for tougher tasks Mean Street is more suitable. In short it's an excellent knife & now I am expecting my Busse Badger Attack from Andy ;) I do not like small fixed blades but the Mean Street & Nimravus Cub are just the great knives.

Specifications:

  • Model - Mean Street
  • Blade - 88.90mm(3.5")
  • Thickness - 6.35mm
  • OAL - 190.50mm(7.5")
  • Steel - INFI steel at 58-60HRC
  • Handle - Micarta
  • Acquired - 06/2000 Price - 217.00$
  • Warranty - Unconditional Lifetime;

Last updated - 09/01/11