Here is our TBS Boar Review.
N695 Stainless Steel – 5mm thickness or K720 High Carbon Tool Steel – 4mm thickness
Both steels come with a 4 3/8″ (110mm) blade length and 4 3/4″ (120mm) handle length.
There are various woods and micarta scales along with several different sheath options for both left and right handed draw including a Nordic sheath or the customisable TBS sheath.
I discovered the TBS range of knives at the only knife show in the UK back in 2016. I browsed the tables of various knife makers from around the world and handled some really great knives. Then I came across a table with 6 “bushlore” style blades of varying sizes and materials. I liked the look of the medium sized knife with micarta scales, so I asked for a look . The handle felt instantly comfortable and the fit and finish was spot on. I wanted a knife that would be very comfortable to use and maintenance free, which I could take everywhere and do pretty much all of the tasks I required, so the stainless steel and micarta option in the Boar were perfect for me.
There are two different sheath options including a Nordic style and TBS’s own design. They come in both left and right handed variants and the TBS design (as shown in the pictures) is capable of being mounted horizontally across a belt and also accepts the TBS attachments for a firesteel and sharpening stone.
The handles ergonomics are perfect and has no hot spots or any kind of imperfections. The design is more rounded and have thicker scales to fill the hand than most of the other bushcraft knives I’ve handled. So I find it fits my larger hands quite comfortably. It also works for a variety of grip styles and offers a good secure feel even when wet.
The blade has a Scandinavian grind and has perfect symmetry. The high grade Bohler N695 stainless steel is one of the best grades available today and can compete with most high carbon steel blades with ease. The blade works its way very easily through organic fibres and wood and it’s a bit longer than standard bushcraft blades, so it does have a little bit for room for batoning. Out of the box my blade was shaving sharp which amazed me as most blades at least need a bit of a strop or tickle to get the edge performing on this level. I have used this knife for food preparation such as cutting raw meat, peppers, onions and melon. I’ve processed wood by notching and carving and many more camp tasks and the edge has held up wonderfully. Sharpening it should also be very easy being a Scandinavian ground blade, but I have only needed to give it a quick strop both sides and it was back to shave sharp. The Boar logo is also a nice feature.
This knife is very well suited to most tasks easily process meat , wood and food with ease. The way it feathers is effortless and carving is so easy with its Scandinavian grind and comfortable handle. I honestly love everything about this knife and its amazing quality that rivals other knives at twice the price. I would recommend one to anyone for bushcraft, hiking camping or fishing but make sure you know what steel works best for you.
The TBS Boar is as good at splitting logs as with the finer tasks such as feathering and carving. Its got an amazing edge thanks to steel and heat treatment and the handle and sheath options offer plenty of personalisation. As I mentioned, it has only needed a strop once since July, and has covered an awful lot of mixed use, yet today, is still exactly the same as the day I got it. It needs no real maintenance or care, is versatile enough for most tasks, and costs a fraction of the price of any of its real competitors. This is exactly what I was looking for in a bushcraft knife, and all most of us will ever need.
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