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Hardcore Hardware Australia – BFK-01

The BFK-01 was Hardcore Hardware Australia’s first fixed blade knife. This update to the design is still intended for use as a general purpose tool to cut, chop, saw, slash, dig, baton, smash, stab, pry, skin or spear.

Tool Specs:
Code: BFK-02 GEN II
Type: Knife (Fixed Blade)
Point: Mod. Tanto Point
Steel: D2 (BOHLER K110/AISI) HRC: 58-60
Finish: Teflon Coating
Blade Length: 172 mm (7.77”) OAL: 308 mm (12.12”)
Blade Width: 41 mm (1.61”) OAW: 53 mm (2.08”)
Overall Thickness: 26mm (1.02”)
Handle: G10 (Scales)
Grip Screws: T8 Torx Weight: 484 g (17.07 oz)

Sheath Specs:
Material: Kydex
Attachment: Pals/Molle + Belt/Strap
Blade Retention: Friction Lock
OAL:* 318 mm (12.51”)
OAW:* *91 mm (3.58”)
Weight:* 638 g (22.50 oz)
*Dimensions and weight of sheathed BFK-01 GEN II

hardcorehardware.com.au/hardware/bfk01-gen-2

(h/t to RB at Risk Protection Group)

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15 Responses to “Hardcore Hardware Australia – BFK-01”

  1. Terry says:

    I’ve got the original version. It is indeed a big, solid knife. They originally had a paracord wrapped handle and a cordura molle sheath, but I think this is an improvement.

    What I don’t like is the steel that they use; D2 is extremely difficult to sharpen and maintaining a decent edge is also difficult. I’d much rather a proper knife steel.

  2. DI says:

    D2 is a good knife steel, but should not be used to pry with.
    This looks like it was designed by someone who knows nothing about knives and just drew up something that looks cool.
    Hollow ground, tanto point, saw teeth are all things that should not be on a good utility blade.
    I’m sure they will sell a bunch to people who will post pics of it on their social media site of choice…

    • Terry says:

      The saw teeth on the G1 are pretty useless, but the thickness of the blade makes up for many of the other drawbacks – it is a thick, heavy chunk of pointy metal.

  3. Dev says:

    Honestly, nothing still beats a decent manufacture M9 bayonet. Always carried one out bush, never left the lines without one.

  4. Ricky B says:

    This does look impressive. Clearly these guys know a thing or two about blades, been around for ages, I’ve got their ASO-01 and MFK-04.

    I don’t mind the saw provided is works as a saw should. D2 toughness and wear resistance is legendary, just hope they got the heat treat on the money!

    Came across this on the inter-webs, waiting for the actual testing https://youtu.be/41xO-30u22M

  5. Dellis says:

    They make solid beef blades and while I have a few of their blades this one I won’t be getting. I have no use for it other than “Hey, look what I just got!”

    I have a vast assortment of blades but the one I always go to is a ESEE 3 for everything.

    • Jester says:

      I like an Esee 4 just because I’m a 4-5 inch guy (ask them women….), but the 3 is a good one too. Really a fan of Esee in general. Nothing fancy, but it’s solid and it works.

      I have a Ratmandu from Swamp Rat Knife Works that the wife wrapped up for Christmas, so we’ll see what all the hype about Busse is.

  6. Pat says:

    I have their MUK knife, and frankly I wasn’t impressed. It costs a small fortune, and the coating didn’t last one use. The thing is super heavy and the grips on it where so bad I took it off and did a 550 cord wrap. I would tell anyone looking to get a knife in this price range to look elsewhere

    • Eric says:

      My unit has the MUK01 can’t say I agree with your comments. Coating on ours is tough, handles grippy, strong with solid ergonomics. We swapped out the pals sheath mount for belt or cable ties though.

      If the grips and weight were so bad, why did you buy it in the 1st place?

  7. SamHill says:

    I would not choose D2 for a chopper. They seem to use D2 even for their tomahawks based on a quick look on to their website.

    At this price range I’d go with a US made Busse for a chopper or RMJ for a tomahawk. Busse’s proprietary INFI steel is fantastic in a large chopping blade, and RMJ’s tomahawks are the stuff of legend.

  8. Sam Roberts says:

    Picked up an LFT01 back in 2014, it’s made of D2 and I’ve abused the heck out of it. I have nothing but praise for the tool construction, the sheath is amazing, its heavy but I don’t mind the weight and tank like durability. Buddies in the service use them and can’t rate them highly enough, but this isn’t a thread about tomahawks or their other offerings is it? I’m not really into big clumsy fighter come bush knives come survival blades. Thankfully they didn’t give it a hollow handle LOL!

  9. Peter says:

    What was old is now renewed. Brings back fond memories of my childhood. Jimmy Lile certainly left his mark on many of us.
    Make this BFK in a clip point Bowie and a spear point, a tanto has limited application for bush craft.

  10. Smart01 says:

    This knife is truly a remarkable tool – the moment I received mine I could feel the quality, in every aspect.

    The sheath is worthy of high praise – phenomenal retention, yet easy to access and return the knife to. It’s presentation is A1, with excellent detail and presentation – all edges rounded appropriately, as if someone has bothered to care in its production as opposed to just slapping it together. Excellent fastening options included as standard.

    The knife itself if a beast – and though I never imagined I’d be a saw-back fan I have to say I’m glad I pulled the trigger on the purchase.

    It truly is a unique tool, and when you dig down into it it’s intended functionality has driven all aspects of the design. Beautifully balanced, that hollow ground blade, the beefy modified tanto point. It all works.

    The handle is grippy, and superbly comfortable. It’s generous enough to accomodate my hands in gloves, and also forgiving enough for my bare hands to have plenty of solid contact when gripped.

    I was swayed towards acquiring one by reading accounts from Australian operators (current and former)that sang the praises of the HHA range. I also know a couple of guys that are very serious cats that run the HHA gear as their preferred gear for their roles.

    At the price it is, for the features it has, it represents great value in my mind – the little things have been made to matter with this knife, which makes the whole thing sing.

    Knife preferences are such a personal thing, but for those that consider purchasing I can tell you that you get what you pay for with this tool. This alone is a highly reassuring factor and I don’t hesitate to recommend this tool to anyone else.

  11. Scott says:

    It’s a well balanced blade and the D2 is great for durability. Great retention with this sheath also which is in line with their range. The handle is set well and provides solid grip with variety of carries so it has been designed well across many uses. I’m really happy with the purchase and I think it’s going to be a great Pry as well as blade.