The Bark River Aurora II was developed as the ultimate bushcraft knife. Prototypes of the Aurora were extensively tested by bushcraft-experts in North America and Europe. Based on their feedback the Aurora was perfected. The result is an amazing outdoor knife. The Bark River Aurora is perfectly balanced. The pointed tip is great for detailed tasks and the spine of the blade is perfect for a firesteel. This version has a Scandi-grind. As such it is great with wood work and carving.
The blade is made from CPM Cru Wear steel. A tool steel that is known for its exceptional strength. Sharpen it once and you are good to go for a long time. You do, however, need to be careful with moisture and acids: CPM Cru Wear is not completely stainless. So clean it after use and occasionally add a drop of oil to keep this knife in great shape. The edge has been enhanced with a convex grind which you can maintain bystropping it. Bark River considers Cru Wear to be a type of steel that looks a lot like CPM 3V.
The handle is made from canvas micarta. A strong and light-weight material, made from linen and synthetic resin. Feels comfortable in hand, even in wet or cold circumstances.
The Bark River Aurora comes with a leather belt sheath. It can be worn both straight (max. belt width 5.5 cm) and diagonally (max. belt width 6.0 cm). The sheath also has a loop for a firesteel (max. diameter ~7.0 mm).
Bark River makes all of its knives almost completely by hand. As such each knife is unique. Especially when you are working with natural materials a knife can differ from the photographs. The knife you receive can therefore be subtly different from the product photos. The model and type of material, however, will always be the same.