Architect Knife Builder: Field Buddy 6.5 - 1095 Steel

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The Field Buddy 6.5... All you need in a knife, and nothing you don't.

The journey toward the Field Buddy Knife Series began years ago (about 2009). I was mowing one day and thinking about knives (as you can imagine, I frequently do) and thought, "If I were to design an outdoor knife for bushcraft, general field use and survival, what would it be?" It was then that the Field Buddy blade design was conceived, and after having been on paper for years it has now moved from paper to production. -- Dale

The Field Buddy Series of knives are part of our exclusive ARCHITECT™ brand, and the blades are manufactured by TOPS Knives.

The blade and handle have an unconditional lifetime warranty. Prevention of rust comes under normal knife maintenance.

The 6" blade length (6.875" including the finger choil) of the Field Buddy 6.5 falls in what many would consider the "sweet spot" for a general purpose, larger outdoor knife. The primary focus of the design is to provide versatility without sacrificing performance. The near centerline drop point tip allows the knife to perform well for piercing tasks, bushcraft tasks such as drilling and large game break-down and skinning. The high saber grind allows the blade to do an excellent job for slicing chores and bushcraft tasks such as batoning wood and other woodcraft tasks. The ample "belly" is excellent for slicing chores and skinning of large game. The thumb jimping provides a traction area when more downward force is needed and gives better blade control. The tang is skeletonized to reduce weight and provide a somewhat weight forward balance allowing the knife to work well for chopping tasks. The jimped "crusher" pommel is very effective when blunt force is needed. A lanyard hole is provided for use if desired. The 3/16" thick blade is stout enough for the toughest of tasks, yet the knife is light enough to easily carry. The blade steel is available in 1095 high carbon, differentially heat treated by TOPS Knives giving you an excellent balance between toughness and edge holding ability steel, or in full heat treat CPM-3V steel which offers superior edge retention and greater corrosion resistance. The blade machining and finishing are top notch and what you would expect to see on knives costing much more.

This blade matched with our Architect™ handle kit provides you with a premium knife without a premium price, giving you real value.

After contacting ESEE Knives, we based the perimeter profile for the Field Buddy 5.5/6.5 handle on the ESEE-5/6 series knives, providing for cross-compatibility.






Blade Only Manufacturer:
TOPS Knives, with Differential Heat Treat
Blade Finish:
Blade Colors:
Uncoated or Clear Cerakote Coating
Blade Steel:
1095 Carbon or CPM-3V
Heat Treating:
Differential (1095 Steel), Full Heat Treat (CPM-3V)
1095 Carbon Steel Hardness:
56-58 HRC
CPM-3V Steel Hardness:
59-60 HRC
Blade Thickness:
.190 in.
Blade Type:
Drop Point
Overall Length:
12 in. (304.8 mm)
Cutting Edge Length:
6 in. (152.4 mm)
9.7 oz. (13.4 oz. With G10 Handle Scales)
High Saber
Knife Style:
Fixed Blade
Traction Notched "Crusher"
Thumb Jimping
Spine to Cutting Edge:
1.575 in.
Unconditional Lifetime

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