Real Steel's Pathfinder: The Ultimate Bush Folder

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At Real Steel, we are proud to introduce our newest addition to our already-impressive bushcraft knife lineup - the Pathfinder. Designed by Ivan Braginets, a specialist in outdoor knives, the Pathfinder is a folder that we believe will set a new standard for bush folders.

Explore the unique edge angles of our knives: the folder, with a 14-degree edge, offers razor sharpness ideal for everyday carry and light tasks. The Fixed features a classic 26-degree angle, balancing sharpness with edge retention. Note: Our knives are designed for specific uses.

The folder is perfect for softer tasks; using it for heavy-duty activities like cutting hard woods may cause the edge to roll and lead to issues. For tougher tasks, we recommend our Pathfinder Bushcraft Fixed Knife, specifically designed to handle more demanding challenges.

Real Steel Pathfinder Bushcraft Folder

Blade Design

The Pathfinder's blade features a Scandi grind, which is known for its excellent ability to work with wood. This type of grind creates a wedge-shaped profile, which allows for easy penetration of wood fibers, resulting in clean cuts. The blade's sharpness is complemented by the knife's excellent gripping jimping, which allows for a secure hold during use. Additionally, there are thumb studs and a big nail groove incorporated into the knife to ensure easy deployment of the blade. You can benefit from the small detail of the blade spine as its edges are slightly rounded down, ensuring that you won't experience any discomfort or pain while using this knife over a prolonged period or with a significant amount of force.

Handle Design

The Pathfinder knife boasts a lightweight frame thanks to its skeletonized design, which makes it an excellent choice for outdoor enthusiasts who prioritize the weight of their gear. This design feature ensures that the knife is dependable yet won't weigh you down during extended trips or hikes.

Furthermore, the engraved grooves on the knife offer an optimal grip for the hand, making it a comfortable choice for extended use, whether you're cutting through rope or preparing a meal. The grooves also provide added security and help prevent slipping, reducing the risk of injury.

Moreover, the knife's handle has a closed backside, which helps protect the blade from dirt, debris, and other environmental elements when the knife is closed. This feature is especially useful when camping, hiking, or exploring, where the knife may come into contact with various outdoor materials that could potentially harm the blade. With the Pathfinder knife, you can rest assured that the blade remains clean, sharp, and ready for use whenever you need it.

Real Steel Pathfinder Bushcraft Folder

Locking Mechanism

One unique feature of the Pathfinder is the use of the Slide Lock, which is rarely seen on bush folders. This locking mechanism ensures that the blade remains securely in place during use, providing the user with the confidence they need to tackle tough outdoor tasks. The Slide Lock is one of the strongest locking mechanisms on the market and will hold up to even the most challenging tasks.

Carrying Options

The Pathfinder was designed with ease of carrying in mind. It features a lanyard hole, making it easy to attach the knife to a backpack or belt, and it also comes equipped with a deep carry pocket clip for added convenience. The pocket clip is reversible, allowing the user to carry the knife in either a tip-up or tip-down position.

Get Ready for the Release 

We are thrilled to announce that the Pathfinder is set to release in August 2023. We are confident that it will quickly become a favorite among bushcraft enthusiasts, and we can't wait for everyone to experience the quality and craftsmanship that this knife has to offer.

At Real Steel, we are committed to providing our customers with the best possible outdoor knives. We believe that the Pathfinder is an excellent addition to our lineup, and we are excited to share it with the world. With its durable Scandi grind blade, comfortable grip, and unique locking mechanism, we believe that the Pathfinder will set a new standard for bush folders. Keep an eye out for its release in August 2023.


Calling this “Bushcraft” is misleading since you can’t use this to strike a ferro rod due to the “the small detail of the blade spine as its edges are slightly rounded down”. Otherwise, what makes this bushcraft? Everything else outlined in this article just talk about pretty much any other knife.

James Patterson,

Yes the handle will be made of micarta.
Real Steel Knives,

Can’t wait to get my hands on this beauty. Looks very promising. Is the handle Micarta?


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