Bark River Knife (Educate me)


February 24, 2013, 04:34 PM
Hey yall,

Haven't been on the site in awhile but I won is Bark River knife in a giveaway and well frankly I don't know what makes it special or worth what they get for these knives. I usually stick with Buck and Case knives and almost afraid to even use a knife that retails $300. Been trying to sell it in order to fund a .22 pistol as my pistol shooting needs work. I believe I could sell it easier or maybe even decide to just keep it if I knew more about what makes the knife so special.

Thanks for any input you can give me and teach me about custom or higher end knives.

Here is some pictures of the knife in question.

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February 24, 2013, 05:45 PM
I can't tell you much about the particular knife that you have, but I think most here would consider BRKT to be a low volume production knife company. Most of the value comes from build quality, steel selection, and the willingness of customers to pay the price that they ask for. Generally speaking, and with due respect, I think the price that you are giving that knife is a bit on the high side. Most places carry their entire line for $100-200 with MSRP being a bit higher.

February 24, 2013, 06:16 PM
Yes, these knives, well very well made and well worth their street price do not command the full MSRP you see on the box. I have several Bark Rivers, and they are great knives.

You may want to list the knife on some of the more popular knife forums where people look for these types of knives to purchase.

February 25, 2013, 12:44 AM
Sweet blade. Bark Rivers are made to be used, have a no questions asked lifetime warranty, and benefit from a factory convex edge, in-house heat treatments, and a commitment to excellence.

I have a bravo 1.5 that i'm quite fond of for hiking purposes.

Yours looks alot like a bowie style design, but smaller than their classic bowie discussed here

It is not a current production knife, so certainly has some value for Bark River fans.

I am sure you could sell it. Alternatively, you could use it or save it as an heirloom or future gift for someone with shared interests.

February 25, 2013, 11:51 AM
That particular knife looks like the offspring of a Randall blade and a handle in the Loveless shape, although it is a stick tang rather than a full tang as found on Loveless knives. It's probably made of A2 steel, that is Bark River's usual knife steel.

A similar knife with a longer blade at the Bark River archives of retired knife patterns is marked as "Gent's Fighter" from 2006.

February 25, 2013, 01:59 PM
That's an attractive knife, but as others have said, I wouldn't expect it to sell for $300. $200, maybe.


February 26, 2013, 06:29 AM
Thanks for the feedback everyone. I was unaware that they had a lifetime warranty that might warrant me to keep it and replace my Buck 119 with it has my hunting knife. Far as selling it, the $300 is just the retail that is on the box. I been asking $200 as that would allow me to get a .22 pistol which I am in more need of... However at the same time you guys have really made me think that maybe I'll hold on to it. At least with the warranty if it was to get damage during use I wouldn't feel the need to beat myself up over it.

For those interested in the style and name they call it Custom 2012 Michigan Hunter with Bastone Walnut Burl. At least that is what is on the box.

Thanks again everyone!

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