Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Review: Bolte Scout - excellent heavy duty compact fixed blade knife

Bolte Scout knife
Sturdy compact fixed blade for hiking / survival kit
Pros:
- excellent fit and finish in every detail
- nice clean design with good ergonomics
- heavy duty full tang construction
- sturdy full flat ground D2 blade
- nice G10 handle with hidden lanyard hole
- good quality, snug fit kydex sheath with belt loop (no rattle)

Cons:
- none

Details:
Blade length: 3.19" (81 mm)
Blade thickness: 0.173" (4.4 mm)
Blade steel: D2 (60-61 HRC)
Full length: 6.73" (171 mm)
Handle thickness: 0.63" - 0.71" (16 - 18 mm)
Weight: 5.25 oz (149 g) with sheath
Weight: 3.6 oz (102 g) without sheath
Handle: G10 
Carry: kydex sheath

You can buy the Scout with other Bolte fixed blades on Aliexpress:
 ***HERE*** or ***HERE*** or ***HERE*** or ***HERE***
                                                               
Scout and Ganzo G738:
Scout and Fox:
You can buy the Fox fixed blade on Aliexpress:
***HERE*** or ***HERE*** (green or black)

More pics:
Bolte Scout knife
Bolte Scout knife
Bolte Scout knife
Bolte Scout knife

19 comments:

  1. Interesting piece...
    I don't have too many fixed blades because I can't carry them most of the time (being an urban academic has its downsides), but I love them when real work needs to be done.

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    1. It's smaller than your Vespa Combat Troodon! :)

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  2. You've certainly seen that Dicoria was back online, and with them, the TRE.
    Being weak when it comes to knives (and watches, and pens, and... ), I've ordered one. Now, the wait...

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    1. I'm quite tempted too! :)
      The TRE looks like an excellent compact sized EDC folder.
      Do you have a pic of the lock-side of the Dicoria version?

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    2. Now that you ask, I realise that I don't have a pic of the lock side and most likely never saw one. They even seem to push the lock scale deliberately out of the frame on the pictures of the internals.
      Weird...
      Anyway, a compact flipper/thumbdiscer in all milled titanium, that's very attractive. If the blade really is M390, then that becomes super attractive. Factor in the wooden box and the tool, and well... couldn't resist, even if the lockbar is a mystery!

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    3. I've received a pic of the lock side. It looks as premium quality as the presentation side.

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  3. Nice comparing pictures
    I was inclined to buy a similar seized knife from PSRK

    http://www.aliexpress.com/store/product/EDC-Top-Quality-Fixed-Bland-Tactics-Sharp-Knife-High-Hardness-of-The-Knife-HRC61-PSRK-Camping/1827741_32610119502.html

    Neo

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    1. I'm curious about the performance of that DC53 steel.

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  4. DC53 should perform about the same as Sleipner
    http://www.zknives.com/knives/steels/steelgraph.php?nm=DC53%2CSleipner&ni=257,611&hrn=1&gm=0

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  5. It says DC53 on the blade but D2 in the listing

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    1. They might mismatched the photos. Bolte also makes premium versions with DC53 blade steel. I have the normal D2 version.

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  6. Still a great steel for knives... Btw... Have you seen the Spyderco Bradley Bowie clone on dhgate.com? $30... You should check it out

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    1. Yes, I've seen that, it looks tempting! :)

      I watched a video about testing a knife made of DC53 steel. It performed extremely well. So sooner or later I will buy a Bolte with that steel.

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    2. Yes, I've seen that, it looks tempting! :)

      I watched a video about testing a knife made of DC53 steel. It performed extremely well. So sooner or later I will buy a Bolte with that steel.

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  7. Also... There is a pingo clone... But it's all steel unfortunately... I still ordered one for $16

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    1. The Pingo is not my cup of tea (no lock, two handed opening).
      The titanium Techno and the new fluted titanium Native copy are pretty good.

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  8. From Which country does bolte originates. Ny info about bolte brand....

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    1. They're from China as I know. I'm planning to order one of their bigger models too.

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