Judgement after a hard year... the Blackhawk Be-Wharned knife
Roughly a year ago, as I write this, the nice folks at Blackhawk gave me a knife. A Be-Wharned folding knife.
It was during a blogger event, where the folks at Blackhawk were showing a group of blog writers around their headquarters, and letting us poke into the bones of their operation. Amongst the goodies they graciously bestowed upon us was this knife. As we sat around a meeting table being educated on Blackhawk products, we had the unique treat of having a Seal Team Master Chief describe to us what made this tool so special. Given his chops, I listened, and listened closely. The phrase "It's a razor blade that can punch through bone!" had my complete attention.
That night, in the hotel, I stabbed myself in the hand with the knife. Not badly... but it required a little time with a towel wrapped around it and some pressure. This might seem like a pretty darned stupid thing to do... and I won't argue the point. The thing is, every really good knife I've owned in my life has shown the same appetite for my blood, so..... good sign.
The Be-Wharned has a unique (for me, anyway) design to the blade. The cutting edge is straight, and razor sharp. The back is thick and strong, but has a long taper to a very, very sharp point. For what it's worth... it was this needle like point that got me back in that hotel room. To top it off... it was so sharp I didn't notice at first. Now, I have a lot of knives. Pocket folders, belt hung folders, straight knives, boot knives, 'fighting' knives, skinning knives, and even a fair selection of bayonets. In fact, there might be a sword or three hanging in my living room. Over the years, I have carried lots of different blades, for lots of different reasons.
For the last year..... the others have been set aside, and the Be-Wharned has been clipped to my pocket. Day in, day out, seven days a week, from waking in the morning till bedtime at night, this knife has been clipped inside my front pocket. It's held up to everything I ever needed a knife for in that time. Sadly, I finally found a way to abuse the knife... something it clearly was never designed for. Here's a hint.... the point makes a bloody awful screwdriver. Other than that, it's a hell of a knife.
Now, busting the tip was not the tragedy it could have been. As the photos show, I managed to recover from the brink. A little judicious time with a cup of water and a grinder found what you see here. Not as much a needle as before, but.... still good.
You see, I have grown the rely on this blade. It's shape, design, utility, strength, and ability to hold an edge... all come together into something that is now part of my life.
The Be-Wharned has a 3.4" blade, made of AUS8A stainless steel. The blade lock is a liner type, and is easily worked with one hand. Likewise, opening the knife is an easy one handed operation using the button mounted through the blade. The scales are a composite that's held up to my lifestyle, which is saying something. As an added feature, the belt clip can be mounted on either side, tip up or down.
Mine will be in my pocket for years to come, with any luck.
I think I better order another one... just in case this one turns up missing some day. I'd not be happy walking out the door without it.