The Bravo-1 is a Bark River Knives BEST seller and now it is available in thinner, lighter version... the Bravo 1 LT! Even though the look of the Bravo 1 LT is very much like the original Bravo 1, the feel and handling are that of a completely different knife due to the thinner profile and 2 oz less weight. These knives feature the very popular CPM 3V steel making it an excellent choice for outdoor hard use. Even though it is thinner than the regular Bravo 1 (5/32" (3.96 mm)), the incredible toughness of CPM 3V steel provides great lateral strength so you end up with a very durable, quick handling knife that holds a great edge. With a thinner blade and Bark River Knives famous convex grind, the Bravo 1 LT will slice like a cutting laser!
This knife is a winner for the soldier or outdoorsman and will probably end up as a Bark River Knives best seller!
About CPM 3V Steel
CPM 3V is a high toughness, wear-resistant tool steel made by the Crucible Particle Metallurgy process. The CPM process produces very homogeneous, high quality steel characterized by superior dimensional stability, grindability and toughness compared to other steels produced by conventional processes. CPM 3V was designed to provide maximum resistance to breakage and chipping in a high wear-resistance steel. This "super steel" offers impact resistance greater than A2, D2, Cru-Wear, or CPM M4, approaching the levels provided by S7 and other shock resistant grades. CPM 3V is intended to be used at 58/60 HRC in applications where chronic breakage and chipping are encountered in other tool steels, but where the wear properties of a high alloy steel are required. The wear and toughness properties of CPM 3V make it an excellent alternative to shock-resistant steels such as S7 or A9, where they typically wear out too quickly, but where grades such as A2, CruWear, or CPM M4 tend to fail by breaking or chipping. CPM 3V offers the highest impact toughness of any tool steel with this range of wear resistance.
While not considered a true stainless steel, CPM3V is considered by some to be a "semi" stainless steel and does exhibit some stainless steel qualities while costing less than a true high-grade stainless steel. One of our customers gave us a great testimony about the stainless qualities of CPM 3V steel. He wanted to put a patina on the blade so he tried vinegar with no effect, then mustard with no effect and finally lemon juice which had no effect!
Carbon - 0.80 %
Chromium - 7.50 %
Vanadium - 2.75%
Molybdenum - 1.30%
This chart will give you an idea of how CPM 3V steel compares to A2 steel and some other steels.