The Bark River Wilderness Explorer is a Bob Loveless designed classic hunting/field/camp knife that has the sex appeal and beauty that made Bob’s knives the gold standard of the industry. Measuring 10.75” overall with a 5.75” blade Wilderness Explorer knives excel at chores from breaking down an elk to slicing backstraps back at camp. CPM Cru-Wear provides good stain resistance along with the edge retention of 4V and the toughness of 3V. Now that is a combination!
Whether slicing or skinning, cutting or slashing Wilderness Explorer knives have a forward cutting curve making it excel at these tasks. This knife is non skeletonized to provide balance with a longer blade design. The stainless guard is pinned on for maximum durability. Comes with a leather belt carry sheath. The Bark River Wilderness Explorer is a classic knife befitting of any serious hunter or collector’s knife collection.
knife fit and finish is beautiful, sharp out of the box. Took it on a 3 day camping trip and used it with my GB small forest axe to process firewood, cut some steaks and general camp use. After some heavy rain and constant use out it did start showing rust spots on spine and handle area. Knife edge held up pretty good quick touch up with 1000 grind stone and a strop with black compound and it was back to scary sharp. Now the only thing I did not like, the sheath. Sheath was functional and a quick treatment with bees wax and boiled linseed oil made it rugged enough to hold against the rain. Sheath just does not fit the knife great and there's no retention so knife can fall off. Made a new knife sheath and now I believe this will be my go to field knife. Thinking about ordering another but debating between this and blackjack model 125, that blackjack is just gorgeous.
David F. ★★★★★
No matter what you are doing in the outdoors, thus knife can fit your need. Great blade for hunting and fishing. Not too thick or to thin. I can see this in a camp performing camp duties. Fit and finish are excellent and the Bark River name you know you are covered.
Size and weight are perfect for any hunting,fishing trip. I could see this knife at camp prepping food. Blade is not too thick or thin. Oh course the DIB is top notch and the pins pop. Nothing wrong with a little blind in the field. The sheath rides well and the construction is above most leather works.