Bark River Aurora

bark-river-aurora-antique-stag-main_rowanmcdirk-bfKnife Collectors Org. Review:
The Bark River Aurora is one of the most favoured knives to use for bushcraft and camping. Like other Bark River knives, the Aurora features a convex edge that allows cutting and chopping to be easier and holds an edge longer. It is made of A2 Tool steel for ease of sharpening and edge-holding. The handle is a good comfortable fit as it is contoured to fit the fingers and has a palm swell that allows better gripping of the palm. However some complain that it can be too large for them and opt for other smaller knives, such as the Bark River Northstar. For those who are comfortable with it, the Aurora is a good size that makes an ideal outdoors knife.

Most Aurora owners, such as those from KnifeForums, have found the knife to be a good one for camping and bushcrafting chores. It has a nice tip that allows the knife to be used for drilling holes in wood. The Bark River Aurora a well designed knife that is geared towards the outdoor user and serves its purpose well out in the woods.

The Aurora is now produced in CPM 3V steel (2013).

Editor’s Rating: 8/10

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Blade Length: 4.5″ x .170″
Length Closed: -NA-
Overall length: 9.5″
Blade Steel: A2 Tool Steel & CPM3V Steel
Blade hardness: Rc. 58-59
Blade Finish: Polished
Weight: 6 oz.
Edge: Plain
Lock Type: -NA-
Carry System: Sharpshooter sheath w/ drop loop
Handle Material: (Customer’s choice)
Knife Type: Fixed Blade
Country of origin: USA
Part #: -NA-

Rarity Details:
Production Status: In Production
Last Known MSRP: Premium Member Content (see FAQs)
Current Estimated Price: Premium Member Content
Production dates: Premium Member Content
Production numbers: -unknown-
Limited run?: No
Other things of interest: –
Rarity Index: 2.5/10 (10 being the most rare)

Rarity index scale (1 to 10, 10 being the most rare):

1 – Very common; easily available on ebay, google product search and almost every knife selling website. Spammed with at least 10+ listings on ebay.
3 – Has been around for at least 2 years and are selling reasonably well, with retailers favouring other newer models over this knife.
5 – Knives that are on the borderline of being discontinued or have been discontinued for less than 6 months
6 – Products from 6 onwards are either discontinued or limited edition.
7 – Discontinued knives that pop up once every few months on the “For Sale” part of forums or on ebay. Still can be found at a few online shops though.
8 – Knives that need lots of researching to find. Not available anymore in online knife shops and pop up (if you’re lucky) >4 months for one at a time.
9 – Knives holding this rarity are the shadowy kind. You can’t find any information on them at all (not even from online knife shops that have not taken down that knife’s product page). If you see one for sale grab at all cost.
10 – The rarest of all knives. If you hadn’t been here you wouldn’t even have known that it existed. Should you have one of these you better lock it up in a triple-combination safe and treat it like a family heirloom…


Product Description:
This knife is my personal design combining all of the features I would like to see in a Bushcraft knife for all around use in the field.

The Aurora is a substantial knife but not too big to actually have with you for bushcraft.

You will find the Handle Comfortable for Any Size Hand and well Contoured for a Sure-Positive Grip–No matter how you hold it or How you pick it up The Aurora becomes and extension of Your Hand.

Our convex grind will give you maximum cutting power and will easily baton through wood, carve wilderness necessities , Field dress game and handle all of your daily camp chores.

I really took my time developing this knife and field tested prototypes for over a year before we finalized the knife.