Cold Steel Pocket Bushman Review

In this Pocket Bushman review you’ll learn about the popular supersized folder by Cold Steel. One of the things that really impressed me right off the bat was that it came very sharp right out of the box. This knife is advertised to handle all kinds of jobs and to take one hell of a beating, Cold Steel has said that the Pocket Bushman is practically bulletproof.

Cold Steel Pocket Bushman Features:

Cold Steel Pocket Bushman

Cold Steel Pocket Bushman

  • 4 1/2″ Plain Edge Blade
  • Ram Safe Lock
  • Surprisingly Large Knife
  • Stainless Bead Blast Handle
  • Lanyard Hole
  • Pocket Clip
  • Slim Profile
  • Good Weight – Size Ratio
  • Dual Thumb Studs

The blade is constructed of Krupp 4116 stainless steel and comes very sharp right out of the box, this blade really maintains a good edge. I’ve taken my Pocket Bushman into the wilderness quite a few times and it stayed sharp even after some serious abuse.

The locking mechanism on this knife is very interesting. The ‘ram safe’ design provides one of the most secure locks I’ve ever seen, it’s rock tight.

To close the blade you need to release the lock by pulling down on the lanyard which slides the locking bar open, you can then pull out the blade. This knife definitely takes some effort to close, even with two hands but I have noticed that as you break it in the motion becomes smoother.

Pocket Bushman Specifications
Manufacturer: Cold Steel
Category: Survival Knife
Blade Length: 4 1/2"
Total Length: 10 1/4"
Blade Composition: Krupp 4116 Stainless Steel
Handle Material: 420 Stainless Steel
Carry System: Pocket Clip
Weight: 6.1 oz
Handle Length: 5 3/4"
Locking Mechanism: Ram Safe Lock
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The handle on this knife is quite interesting as well, especially in the way it works together with the Ram Safe locking mechanism. It is created from 1 piece of folded 420 stainless steel and has a good looking bead blasted finish.

Our Pocket Bushman Review Revealed Some Issues:

WARNING: The Cold Steel Pocket Bushman isn’t as tough as Cold Steel claims. They marketed it as a “nearly indestructible folding survival knife” but several folks have had their pocket bushman knife blade snap into pieces because they put it through too much abuse. There have also been reports of problems with the ram safe locking mechanism. Buyer beware: Don’t use your knife for batoning or other heavily abusive tasks because it WILL eventually break your knife.
SurvivalGrounds Pocket Bushman Review

Don’t Abuse Your Pocket Bushman And It Will Serve You For Years!

“The notion that a heavy hunting knife can do the work of a hatchet Is a delusion. When it comes to cleaving carcasses, chopping kindling, blazing thick-barked trees, driving tent pegs or trap stakes, and keeping up a bivouac fire, a knife never was made that will compare with a good tomahawk.”

Horace Kephart - Camping and Woodcraft

A large part of being an effective outdoor survivalist is using your tools for what they were designed. I think Cold Steel did themselves a disservice by marketing the Pocket Bushman as “indestructible”. This knife will never be able to take the place of a good machete or axe, and you shouldn’t expect it to.

7.5 Total Score

Cold Steel Pocket Bushman Review

As long as you have realistic expectations about the durability of this knife you should have a good experience. If you want a bulletproof survival knife, you should really go with a fixed blade.

7.5Editor's score
Blade Quality
8.6User's score
Blade Quality
  • Good Value For The Price
  • Very Sharp Right Out of the Box
  • Updated Design to Fix the Weak Points
  • Large Blade
  • Ergonomic Handle
  • Stiff Lock Needs Breaking In
  • Poor Marketing Leads to Unrealistic Expectations
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EDITORS NOTE: We purposely gave the Cold Steel Pocket Bushman a lower durability score in our review. It should have earned an 8.5 or even a 9, but since Cold Steel marketed it as indestructible it should be held to those higher standards. If you buy this knife for regular tasks you’ll love it, but if you expect it to do things a folding knife isn’t meant for (batoning, etc) you’ll be disappointed when it eventually breaks.


Pocket Bushman Folding Knife

Pocket Bushman Folding Knife


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  1. Reply
    John F. August 7, 2016 at 7:04 pm

    Wow! That’s a HUGE folder.

  2. Reply
    Magma August 7, 2016 at 9:26 pm
    Blade Quality

    the bushmans a decent knife.. I bought mine a few years ago and use it about once every 2 weeks.. it hasn’t broken or had any issues yet.

    its quite a strong, heavy duty type of knife, especially for a folding blade. this is a pretty strong cutting tool ive done some medium sized jobs with it and it held up to my tests.

    overall I’m very happy with my purchase.

    + PROS: Good price Overall above average knife Large for a folding knife Can do more than other folding knives
    - CONS: Locking system Grip has a bit of 'bite' to it
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      SurvivalGrounds August 27, 2016 at 9:51 pm

      Thanks for sharing your review my friend. Cheers!

  3. Reply
    Docker December 20, 2016 at 5:46 pm

    This maybe a bit big for what I need. At least it’s cheap (like all of Cold Steel products), maybe I’ll just grab one for the hell of it 🙂

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