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    Pohl Force Bravo One Outdoor

    (I also posted this on the american Bladeforums, but as I am rather enthusiastic I hope that this crossposting is acceptable)

    Hi all,

    I bought the new Pohl Force Bravo One last weekend at a knife show in Holland.
    Its bigger brother, the Alpha series, is it seems quite popular in Europe (there was a lot of interest at the show) since they are really well made, cleverly designed and offered at a competitive price.
    On the other hand, the Alpha One can be "too much of a good thing". Even in areas where carrying such a big folder is allowed, you may well be recorded as "a person of interest" if seen with it. Hence the interest in this smaller, more EDC-able variant.
    A strong backlock, 3mm thick and 83mm long D2 blade, dual skeletonised liners, clever construction where the pivot can be adjusted with a coin and the knife opened with normal screwdrivers, also a flexcord lanyard that can be used in different ways. In fact it is a scale model of the bigger one which also had these features (Alpha One had a 440C blade however). 100 grams is reasonable considering the sturdy feeling. Zytel handles with a good structure. The handle and the dent at the spine of the blade allow for different grips, even very close.
    It comes in 2 versions (the other one black, half-serrated, with thumbstud), and with a nice pouch, keyhanger, TUF cloth, comprehensive manual.
    I only rarely buy very tactical folders, and yet I loved its big brother, so I was curious about the new one and it is very convincing indeed. A workhorse.

    Pictures:

    Bravo one and its bigger brother the Alpha One:


    Size comparison (Military on top):


    Flexcord can be threaded through the holes to offer extra grip in difficult situations (it now holds the back of my hand):


    The indent at the top of the blade and the choil enable a very close grip for precision work:


    While officially a two-hand opening knife (German legislation), you can open it with one hand by pressing your thumb against the blade:


    Family picture:


    The "survival" variant (which I don't have) has a black semi-serrated blade and a thumbstud:


    For more knife porn, I humbly suggest you to check my concise video review, which even includes an interview with designer Dietmar Pohl (filmed at the event in Holland)

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    Re: Pohl Force Bravo One Outdoor

    Aaargghhh,,, must resist,,, funds depleted,,, must save for .45ACP first,,,,

    Dagon, you're a bad man



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    Re: Pohl Force Bravo One Outdoor

    Chibbi, did you attend DKE?

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    Thumbs up Re: Pohl Force Bravo One Outdoor

    Excellent stuff!

    Know I understand your wanting to get this younger sibling.
    "Don't thee thou me thee thou thissen and see how tha likes thee thouing"

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    Re: Pohl Force Bravo One Outdoor

    I had the chance of taking one of the Alpha's or a piece of leather as a raffle prize in last years Kinives UK. I went for the leather, that's an ugly knife

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    Re: Pohl Force Bravo One Outdoor

    Did not attend DKE, had to work

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    Re: Pohl Force Bravo One Outdoor

    Sweet reveiw Dagon I'd love to get the small one, as I don't like to carry anything too big; Besides, I love wire clips.

    Be safe...John
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