Tlim Knives Bushcraft C440

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There’s quite a big crowd of people facing a dilemma of choosing their survival knife, which will be something more than a classic Mora. I was going through this problem a couple of years ago and my choice was a Bushcraft C440 knife from a Polish knifemaker Mariusz “Tlim” Przybyłowski, also known as Tlim Knives. As for every custom knife, Bushcraft is a product from low level, manual, production. Why does it make C440 any special? Well, this is a quite unique knife, made with precision, care and attention to detail.

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Tlim’s Bushcraft comes from FG (Field Grade) series, which is intended for heavy use in various conditions – FG knives lack fancy details or other ornaments. The model is based on the Ray Mearse’s knife, who invented it for survival-bushcraft related woodwork. It is a true full tang construction – scales are attached to a single piece of steel, what makes the knife extremely resistant.

Blade

C440 features a spearpoint blade (with slightly drooping tip) with a  Scandinavian grinds what provides it with durability. The knife performs perfectly during work in wood – batoning, carving, chopping and other activities aren’t a challange for this Tlim’s construction. Nevertheless, Bushcraft isn’t so potent in the kitchen – some products won’t survive the encounter with it – but it’s hardly surprising. This isn’t a kitchen knife.

Pointed tip is not threatened drilling, prying or breaking wood. Steel blade can be sharpened easily and remains useful for quite a long time. Due to the use of high-carbon steel, C440 is prone to corrosion. To prevent rust, just a basic care is required. Simply ensure that the knife is dry and, from time to time, wipe it with oil. Alternatively, it may land in a vinegar bath so that it covers in patina that will protect against corrosion.

Handle

The handle is made of sand blasted micarta. I is comfortable, has an adequate and provides very good grip – the knife will not slip even if the hands are sweaty or damp. What is micarta? It is a material made of multiple layers of paper or fabric glued together using epoxy resin.

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It may be spotted that the scales have slightly different thickness, but hey, it’s a Field Grade knife! This difference does not influence the usability of knife in any way, and it is really difficult to even notice it. In my opinion, the handle could be a bit thicker, so that each scale would be 2.5 mm thick, but this isn’t a big deal. It is worth mentioning that Bushcraft lacks a crossguard as it could interfere with some activities, as a result, C440 should be handled with care so that the hand isn’t accidentally put on the blade. The only thing I would change is the ending of the handle which could be wider and more curved down to facilitate such works as hacking.

Sheath

The Tlim’s Bushcraft I use has a Kydex sheath made by Survivaltech.pl. Kydex is a thermoplastic material, and each cover has to be made and adjusted individually to a specific knife. The main advantage of this material is that holster made of it holds a knife firmly no matter what happens. Moreover, the whole thing works without any additional locks or blockades, so that a knife can be accessed with a stronger pull. Same goes for insertion – C440 has to be simply pushed inside, a characteristic “click” will be a sign that we did it right. Thanks to a set of holes, there are multiple possibilities of mounting a sheath which allow use of Tec-lock, or special Survivaltech’s carrying system. I should also mention, that if someone doesn’t like plastic sheats, a knife with a leather one can be ordered too.

Summary

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Tlim Knives Bushcraft C440 is a knife perfect for a woodwork, campsite and bivouac activities. I think it is well worth its price and will not fail in any situation. High carbon steel in Tlim’s hardening perfectly suits this type of knife.

~ Wojtek

 

Technical data:

Blade length: 105 mm

Overall length: 220 mm

Sheath: Kydex (made by Survivaltech.pl)

Steel: NC6/52100

Handle material: Sand blaste micarta

Blade thickness: 3 mm

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Jawor

Hikes since he learnt to walk. Happy to spend hours discussing jackets, backpacks and other gear. Caver, diver and a leader of the Gear Insider project.

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