Re: Benchmade Bone Collector D2 Knives
I have one of the straight blade versions of this knife and could not be more pleased. I'm picky about knives and really despise working with a dull one.
I bought it because I was tired of carrying 2 or 3 knives in the truck for late deer season here when we are thinning out the doe population and always have a ton of deer to skin. It is not uncommon for me to skin 2 or 3 deer a day for the last week of the season and the last thing I want to do is have to go home and spend a bunch of time sharpening a knife every night.
This knife honestly has replaced 3 others for me. 2 of them were 440 stainless and one was ATS34. The ATS34 blade held up ok but the 440 blades were usually toast if they had to gut and skin an older doe. I still keep the ATS34 knife in the truck, just so I don't have to hand off my good knife if someone needs to borrow one.
I gutted and skinned 12 or 15 deer, a dozen or so ducks/geese and a couple of turkeys this year and sharpened the knife once.
The only downside is D2 will surface rust if you don't take care of it. The scales on mine came off easily so it was easy to clean up well at the end of the day.
I sharpen on an Edge Pro Apex and don't find the knife unreasonably hard to sharpen, especially when you consider that you don't have to do it as often.
"My greatest fear is that after my demise my wife will sell my guns for the price I told her I paid for them"
-don't know where it came from...but true