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Deval Bushcrafter by Stuart Mitchell
« on: March 02, 2012, 07:47:54 PM »
Here is my new knife that I just got the other day. It's a Deval Bushcrafter made by Stuart Mitchell in Sheffield, England. The steel is RWL34 and it has carbon fiber scales, red liners and a tapered tang. I'll try to get a few better pictures in the new few days if this weather ever clears up.




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Re: Deval Bushcrafter by Stuart Mitchell
« Reply #1 on: March 02, 2012, 08:17:37 PM »
Interesting shape! I kinda like that finger guard. Lovely knife.
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Re: Deval Bushcrafter by Stuart Mitchell
« Reply #2 on: March 02, 2012, 08:25:21 PM »
That is a very interesting shape! The more I look at it the more sense it makes, and I'm betting that the handle is very comfortable and there are a number of grip possibilities.

Congrats on your new knife, it looks great!

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Re: Deval Bushcrafter by Stuart Mitchell
« Reply #3 on: March 02, 2012, 08:26:37 PM »
Thanks. Here are a few more pics.







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Re: Deval Bushcrafter by Stuart Mitchell
« Reply #4 on: March 02, 2012, 08:32:00 PM »
Very nice! That's an attractive knife.

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Re: Deval Bushcrafter by Stuart Mitchell
« Reply #5 on: March 02, 2012, 08:35:39 PM »
Thanks. I'm very pleased with it and how it all turned out. I guess it's also nice to have a knife from a Sheffield trained knife maker and all the history of Sheffield and their famed reputation in the cutlery field.
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Re: Deval Bushcrafter by Stuart Mitchell
« Reply #6 on: March 02, 2012, 08:42:36 PM »
That is a very nice knife!

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Re: Deval Bushcrafter by Stuart Mitchell
« Reply #7 on: March 02, 2012, 10:21:33 PM »
looks great!!! ive always liked JohnathanD's design. and he is a good guy to boot!! rwl-34 is really good steel too, im sure it will last you a life time!!
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Re: Deval Bushcrafter by Stuart Mitchell
« Reply #8 on: March 03, 2012, 02:28:03 AM »
Nice lookin' Blade Bradelybuckman!!! 8) She has NICE Curves! :P
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Re: Deval Bushcrafter by Stuart Mitchell
« Reply #9 on: March 03, 2012, 10:09:25 AM »
That is a very nice looking blade. I am interested in how that carbon fiber handle feels in use.
Sheffield knives do have a history that makes for some real pride.

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Re: Deval Bushcrafter by Stuart Mitchell
« Reply #10 on: March 03, 2012, 11:53:52 AM »
That is a really sweet looking knife
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Re: Deval Bushcrafter by Stuart Mitchell
« Reply #11 on: March 03, 2012, 05:06:40 PM »
Really nice looking knife!
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Re: Deval Bushcrafter by Stuart Mitchell
« Reply #12 on: March 04, 2012, 07:27:39 AM »
That is a very nice looking blade. I am interested in how that carbon fiber handle feels in use.
Sheffield knives do have a history that makes for some real pride.

I only have limited use with it thus far, but I am really impressed with the way it feels and grips. I'll try to give you an update soon when I've had more time to use it and see how it feels with extended use and maybe see what the retention is like with the handle wet. Yeah, Sheffield does have quite the history and reputation and I am really happy to be able to finally own one of their products.
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Re: Deval Bushcrafter by Stuart Mitchell
« Reply #13 on: March 04, 2012, 09:35:04 AM »
I always love to see Stu's work, he's a very decent guy and his work is top notch.  On top of it, Jonathan is a really decent gentleman as well, and together they really make good knives.

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Re: Deval Bushcrafter by Stuart Mitchell
« Reply #14 on: March 10, 2012, 09:20:28 AM »
That is a very nice looking blade. I am interested in how that carbon fiber handle feels in use.
Sheffield knives do have a history that makes for some real pride.

I only have limited use with it thus far, but I am really impressed with the way it feels and grips. I'll try to give you an update soon when I've had more time to use it and see how it feels with extended use and maybe see what the retention is like with the handle wet. Yeah, Sheffield does have quite the history and reputation and I am really happy to be able to finally own one of their products.

im interested in the handle size. i remember reading an article JD wrote during this knife's conception. his biggest problem was that most knife handles were too thin for his hands. then he got a hold of an instructor woodlore (with the fatter handle). how big is the handle (in thickness) compared to other knives in your massive collection?
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Re: Deval Bushcrafter by Stuart Mitchell
« Reply #15 on: March 15, 2012, 06:37:13 AM »
im interested in the handle size. i remember reading an article JD wrote during this knife's conception. his biggest problem was that most knife handles were too thin for his hands. then he got a hold of an instructor woodlore (with the fatter handle). how big is the handle (in thickness) compared to other knives in your massive collection?
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I don't have any calipers, so this will not be exact, but it should be relatively accurate. I measured it and compared it against a woodlore clone that I have. I'll try to post some pictures of them side by side for a comparison tonight. I should note that the woodlore that I compared the Deval to was made a little thinner for my hands, so it may be slightly smaller than another Woodlore clone, but I think it would be a very small difference.

Deval Bushcrafter
The length of the handle is around 4 3/4".
The height is about 1 1/4".
The width is a little larger than 7/8".
The circumference at the thickest part ( the swell) is 4 1/8".
Blade length is just short of 4 1/2"
Blade height is about 1 1/4" at the widest point.
Overall length of the knife is about 9 1/4"

Woodlore clone
Handle length around 4 1/2"
Height is around 1 1/8"
The width is a little larger than 7/8"
The circumference at the thickest part (also the swell) is about 3 5/8"
Blade length is just over 3 7/8"
Blade height is about 1 1/16 at the widest point.
Overall length of the knife is 8 1/2.

Not a huge difference in the size of the handles, but there it is noticeable difference in the shape and size of the handle when held. The Woodlore is a little more comfortable in just a standard grip. That being said, the Deval Bushcrafter is also very comfortable and offers a little more grip variance and options due to being a little larger, but mostly I think it's due to the slight guard that it sports. With the guard and the way that it's angled, I can really choke up on the knife for more control. Also, the angle of the choil allows me to place my index finger there, with the rest of my hand secure and very comfortable on the handle and perform very controlled and precise cutting.

They're both great knives, but I think the Deval edges the Woodlore in performance, options, and design.
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Re: Deval Bushcrafter by Stuart Mitchell
« Reply #16 on: March 18, 2012, 10:26:09 PM »
awesome! thanks for taking the time to measure that for me :D
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Re: Deval Bushcrafter by Stuart Mitchell
« Reply #17 on: March 19, 2012, 08:11:06 AM »
That's a really nice looking knife!!