The Bushman comes in two blade shapes, a Bowie and a Clip Point. They are both similar in their function, so I don't know if I have a favorite. I own the Bowie, but I think that both blade shapes are useful and functional.
The knife weight on both models is 10 oz, which is fairly light for the size knife that you're getting. The overall length of the knife is 12.3" and the blade length is 7.0". Both models have nearly identical specifications.
|The Bushman by Cold Steel has an interesting design.|
The Bushman has a very thin blade, which is why the knife is so light. The blade thickness is 0.1", very thin for a knife of its size. It mimics a machete in terms of its blade thickness. In my opinion, this is a disadvantage to the Bushman since it makes the blade weaker. I should say, though, that I have not had problems with the strength of the blade, but I have not really whacked on it either.
The Bushman is constructed out of a single piece of metal. It consists of a blade and a hollow handle. The construction of the knife is actually really amazing; I don't know how they rolled the handle out of the same piece of metal as the blade but they did a good job with it. This design makes the blade/handle transition very strong.
The integrated hollow handle also gives the blade uses that normal fixed blade knives don't have. According to Cold Steel, this handle can be used to store small items. I can't quite see how this would work, since the knife doesn't come with a plug to keep the items stored.
|The Bowie Bushman by Cold Steel|
The sheath on the Bushman is made of heavy-duty cordura nylon. It also has a large pouch on the front, which is useful for storing items such as a knife sharpener or a fire steel. The sheath allows the knife to be carried on a belt loop.
The sheath holds the Bushman by friction and I wish the sheath had a stronger blade retention system. One time when carrying the Bushman, I jumped across a small ravine. After walking a short distance further, I realized that my knife was gone. I figured it fell out when I jumped. I backtracked for a couple of minutes, worrying that I had lost my knife. Luckily, I found it one the ground at the place where I had landed after the jump. If the blade were held in the sheath more securely, this would not have happened.
So, that's my short review of the Cold Steel Bushman. It's a good knife, with some great features and a couple of drawbacks. Despite the drawbacks, the knife is unique enough for me to recommend it, especially if you are interested in having the ability to turn it into a spear.