The Bush Cleaver

(8 customer reviews)


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The Bush Cleaver

It’s finally here!!!! The “Bush Cleaver” by IHK!!!! This beast of a knife is not only massive but like all of the IHK knives its beautiful! Who says that survival knife’s have to be ugly!!!!! Part meat cleaver, part bush tool, part carver and part hand hatchet this knife can do it all! This was inspired by the custom straight razor that is currently being developed in the shop thus the straight razor’s edge (convex grind).

This like all other Indy Hammered Knives, it is virtually indestructible at 10″ overall, the blade is 5″ long with a front choil that allows for total control and versatility with bushcrafting and wood carving. The hammered hand forged blade is 1095 High Carbon Steel with a razor sharp spine. The full tang blade is 3″16th inches thick that provides tons of power and balance. The handle pictured is my favorite Burl Amboyna but can be made in many different handle options (like all IHK’s). The handle has a solid brass lanyard hole with an adjustable 550 paracord lanyard (matching handle beads are optional).


  • 10″ overall, 5″ blade – 1 7/8th wide
  • 3/16th in thick, full tang hammered hand-forged 1095 High Carbon Steel
  • 90 degree spine
  • Convex grind
  • Handle has one brass mosaic pin and a solid brass lanyard tube at the end
  • Handle options: kirinite, amboyna, curly maple, cocobolo, other
  • Custom leather sheath  (with optional dangler)
Please watch the review by Josh Shuttlesworth from the 7 P’s of Survival below!

Additional information

Handle Type

Curly Maple, Birdseye Maple, Bloodwood, Olivewood, Zebrawood, other

8 reviews for The Bush Cleaver

  1. 7 B.

    Most Versatile Knife I Own!
    I dont hand out complements to gear willynilly but i will say this not only is the most functional knife i have carried it is also a functional work of art! Dont think twice about buying this knife it will become your favorite the first time you use it in the kitchen and then you will fall in love with it all ocer again when you put it to use in the woods! See my full review here:

  2. Scott H.

    my IHK bush cleaver is by far the best knife I’ve ever owned, not only the thickest and most durable, but the most beautiful too! The handle work is impeccable. And great value to boot, similar handmade knives are triple the price! You will not be disappointed, my best purchase of the year!

  3. Tim C.

    Bush cleaver
    Great knife. I am also interesting in a skinner

  4. JUAN ).

    One of the best knife in my collection
    Is a beautiful knife good balance high quality I am very happy with this knife

  5. John B.

    Simply put. Awesome!
    Simply put. Awesome!

  6. SARA B.

    I love this cleaver
    Ever since I started watching Forged in Fire, I’ve been reminded why I love metal smithing. Ihknives make awesome knives that are beautiful and functional.

  7. Jack M.

    Bush gleaver
    Love it well made would buy from him again

  8. Steven D.

    Excellent Blade
    I couldn’t be happier with my purchase… The Bush Cleaver processes wood like a champ. I’m currently spying small companion knives for detail work as the cleaver is definitely my new goto knife for firecraft. Working with James to get everything dialed in was easy and the quality is unmatched. 10/10 would recommend.

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