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Bacho Clipper 2444 Review (unofficial)

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So this is the promised Bacho 2444 review, and "unofficial" means that it will be just on this forum for now, as my camera got damaged so these photos are not very good looking.

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History:
Bacho is Sweedish hand tool company, which founded in late 19 century, 
started making high quality fish hooks from rolled steel, so that's where 
the "Fish and hook" logo comes from, and to this day, all Bacho tools are 
marked with the same logo, and the Clipper 2444 knife is no exception. 
 

Knife dimensions:
(all dimensions are measured)
Lenght: 220mm
Blade lenght: 100mm
Blade thickness: 2mm
Blade width: 20mm
Handle lenght: 120mm

Overall weight: 106 grams
Knife weight: 76 grams
Sheath weight: 30 grams

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Blade and steel: 
Rolled hook steel, which was also implemented in Bacho tools, doesn't have 
anything to do with Clipper 2444 knife steel. Actually, the steel used for 
this knife is made by Sandvik, the same steel used in Mora knives and it is 
a laminated (damascus like) stainless steel marked as 12c27, very fine 
grained steel, hardened to about 55 HRC giving the Clipper 2444 really good 
flexibility and toughness, while lacking pure hardness and edge retention. 
It came very very sharp, slicing paper with ease, and after few light 
strokes against fine sharpening stone, it was slicing paper with push cutting, easily! 
The shape of the blade is the same as discontinued Mora Clipper, the only 
difference is the logo, and unfinished spine of the blade... 

Here it is, compared with Mora Outdoor 2000:
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Handle/ergonomics:
The handle is made of hard orange plastic and almost fully covered with 
cross-patterned black rubber material, which is very pleasant to hold and 
grippy enough not to slip out of your hand, also thick enough and perfectly 
sized for medium size hands.
Handle guards are not too aggressive and are pretty well shaped, without 
obstructing you to use the knife in various grips. 
Also, the plastic doesn't have any bad smell like most of Chinese made products.

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Sheath:
The sheath is made of same plastic as handle, which is pretty sturdy, 
nicely orange colored and imprinted Bacho logo on front side. Pocket/belt 
loop is the one piece mold with sheath, well positioned. Knife holding 
retention is very good, and there is practically no chance of knife falling 
out, even if the knife is carried point up, which this sheath is not 
intended for anyway. 
As expected, at the very bottom, there is a drain hole, if water gets 
inside the sheath. The only potential flaw is that the knife can't be 
inserted into the sheath in both directions, like Mora Outdoor 2000 can be inserted.

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Cutting wood:
It performed exactly as expected; the knife cuts through wood like any Mora without much effort, making clean and precise cuts. 
As the blade is only 2 mm thick, it doesn't have to be stricken hard to cut branches up to 3cm (1in).

This one was cut in two semi-hard blows
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Punching it with tip directly into the wood few times doesn't damage the tip at all
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And the toughness....
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after this bending, the blade stayed bent just a bit, but after pushing it to the other side, it went back to perfect straight.

 

Price:
At $7 price point, this is definitely the best possible 
price/quality ratio! I was wondering if there is any cheaper but usable 
quality knife than Mora, and when found out about Bacho Clipper 2444, I had 
to buy it and see what's the catch. 
Being cheaper than Morakniv, it doesn't mean it's less quality blade or 
overall knife, but there are some details that are affected by price:
- The back of the blade isn't finished at all. It has marks from press 
cutting as it is probably the way which this blade is shaped. Of course, it 
can be reground to flat 90° for better use with firesteel.
- The orange part of the handle had some minor molding imperfections which 
are easily removed with another sharp piece of steel. 
- Scandi grind is almost perfectly ground, but there are uniform machining 
marks present, which is not a problem, but just showing that it is fast produced.

Amazon link:
http://www.amazon.com/Bahco-2444-Carpenter-Multi-Purpose/dp/B004YV99DA

Conclusion:
All in all, this knife is the best quality for its price. The blade is very 
sharp, usable at various tasks and tough for it's thickness, but at 2mm 
thickness, it can't take position as a primary blade for any serious 
bushcrafting. By being made of light plastic, knife is very light and when 
attached to your belt, you will forget that you are carrying it, and 
forgetting about it is not a problem, as you don't really have to check for it 
because there is very low chance that you'll lose it. 
As a second bushcraft knife, it would perform really well for precise wood 
cutting, preparing food and many other things. 
At the end, this knife isn't the one you'll be sorry if you lose it or 
brake it, and it's definitely worth buying few of them, just to hang around 
anywhere it could be needed for.

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Excellent review! Nice to know it's a great bang-for-buck item. I can't remember if we got a hold of one to try to review ourselves, but definitely should if we haven't yet! :)

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Looks like a perfect alternative to the Mora's, especially if you can pick one up for cheaper! I recently got the new Mora Companion (Heavy Duty edition) and I absolutely love it, fit and finish is perfect and performance relative to cost is off the charts!

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Yeah, it's an absolute winner in price/quality ratio.  I think that this one will be getting a new wooden handle and leather sheath, it definitely deserves a modification to a better knife. :)

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Yeah, it's an absolute winner in price/quality ratio.  I think that this one will be getting a new wooden handle and leather sheath, it definitely deserves a modification to a better knife. :)

Agreed, definitely want to see your modifications!

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