What makes for a good bushcrafting knife? Talk about a divisive question!
For me, comfort and function have to be considered when selecting a knife solely for bushcraft. “The simpler, the better” definitely applies here. In my opinion, sharp carbon steel and a comfortable handle are must-haves for a good bush knife.
Blade length varies between 3½ and 4½ inches. The blade should have a point sharp enough to penetrate deep into wood for drilling with minimum effort. Spear points and drop points are both quite popular for this type of work. Blade thickness is usually in the area of 3/32 to 5/32 inch. The spine of a carbon-steel blade should have a 90-degree angle so it can be used as a striker for a firesteel.
Handles should be fairly simple and free of any predetermined finger notches to optimize the freedom needed for the many different grips and positions required in basic bushcrafting. A small guard, if any, is sufficient for a good bush knife. The grinds vary from Scandinavian, with one large single bevel, to a convex edge. While most American-made bushcraft knives feature a flat grind with a convex or V-grind, as long as the edge is sharp and easily maintained, you will be off to a good start.