Collection 3

This page is where all the odd ball stuff goes from the re-design of Bad MOJO in December 2012. There is no criteria or rhyme or reason why something might be stuck in here.

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OE1 - Busse EXCLUSIVE European line with clip point, from the top, Basic 6, Care Taker, Combat 4, & Basic 4. Know anyone in Europe?

OE2 - The Game Warden model was initially made for Blade 2000 but never reach production. There were two prototypes made.

OE3 - Paul's Hatchet

OE4 - Smokey knife by Busse apprentice.

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Smokey Trivia:

"1/8" D-2. The Smokies were never officially classified as Busse knives as they were never actually produced under our company name. They were made by up and coming apprentices who were taught how to grind and shape handles on them. They were originally used as shop knives. . . . glue scrapers, string cutters, that sort of thing. Some of them made their way to shows and were sold as apprentice knives at very low prices. . . $55.00 - 75.00. They offer great bang for the buck.

If Mabel doesn't fail me I believe that they were made in the late 1980's and started to leak out of our shop a few years later in the early to mid 1990's.

Nice find,


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OE5 - One variation of the Hood knife.

OE6 - Knight Light

The Knight Light had spalted maple handles, brass bolts, ATS-34 steel, a vented handle to reduce weight, 11-12 oz. overall weight, fileworked spine, Busse Combat logo. Possibly only one or two were made. Not only is the Knight Light gorgeous, it is lightning fast and quick due to its light weight. Rumor had it that Jerry removed the nitrogen from the steel mixture and added helium . What else could explain that light weight? This knife is the ultimate Fighter!

OE7 - 1whobuys' apprentice knives. Apprentice knives are identified by the missing coil holes.

OE8 - D-Guard Busse Fighter -- Circa 1982.

Check this bad boy out. This also belongs to my brother who bought it along with many other blades when I was just getting started. He paid me $400.00 for 4 knives to help me out when I was trying to buy a grinder. Oh, and I already checked, he's not willing to trade these back to me for the grinder. . . .hmmmmmm. . . . some guys are just too savy!

I started making knives in the late 1970's. Very crude but functional. By 1982 I decided to go into it full-time. Some of my very first blades had "B" stamped in the ricasso. A knife like this, really brings back the memories. I probably spent 40-60 hours making this piece. I had to cut out the "D" section with a jeweler's saw and then use round files to finish the inside of the guard by draw filing it. . .. Now you know why I wanted to buy a grinder so bad.

It is D-2 steel by the way, and has a very cool leather sheath with it.


OE9 - Badger Attack & Battle Mistress.

OE10 - WTF Over's Busse Field Grade ('83-'86).

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Field Grade Trivia:

The designation "G.P.Busse Field Grade" was used to delineate between the regular knives and the lower finished user grades. The "Field Grade" knives were the precursors to the Basics line. They were produced in large batches and attention to detail was not up to par with the "Busse in Scroll" blades. They were sold at extremely low prices at the time $85.00 - $145.00 while the regular customs ranged from $375.00 - $900.00 during this same period

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"I looked through the shop and found an older blade Circa 1984 that had this same feature. I never sold it because I screwed up the etch on the front of the blade. 3/16th thick D-2 tool steel with a black and red pakkawood handle. Two brass screws and the stamped "B" in the ricasso as well as the "Busse logo in scroll" near the tip of the blade. I was probably inspired by something at the time, but I just remember doing it because it looked pretty cool. I made a ton of Desert Storm fighters with this same feature. On some of them, I serrated the top edge."



"I also found this picture of a knife I made in 1986. It was the precursor to the Steel Heart design. A while back "Doctor" Ron Hood argued that I had gotten the idea for putting a drop in the Ergo Handles from him and TOPS. . . . I made this knife more than 10 years before before I became acquainted with Hood and more than 12 years before TOPS came into existence. Wish I could've found this picture then. . . It kinda shoots holes in that theory too!"


OE13 - Idahoskunk's Desert Storm Fighter.

Field Grade Desert Storm Fighter (circa 1988), 8" A2 blade, 13 3/4" OAL, 3/16" thick, & jet black parkerizing.

This is a very rare piece. In fact, it is one of less than 10 that were flat ground. The remainder of the Desert Storm fighters were hollow ground. It is also great to see how well that parkerized finish has held up under no use.

Here's a little history on these knives.

In 1986, I purchased, what to me at the time, was a huge batch of A-2 tool steel barstock (over 600 Pieces), that I believe measured 1 3/8" wide by 16" long and a little over 3/16" thick. I designed specific models that would fit this size bar. It is important to note that I didn't design on paper, back then. These knives were definitely the precursors to the Custom Variants. I would simply sit down at the grinder with the handles cut out and start grinding out the profiles of the blades. Once I had the blade profiled, I would put in the primary grinds and Bam! a blade was born!!! You'll note that the guards are not nearly as healthy on the Desert Warfare models as on all other models from the same period. That is due to the narrow barstock that these were cut from. I began making these models in 1986 and continued up through 1989. I would normally only sell these at gun shows near military bases and primarily only to military personnel. They sold for $225.00 unless you were military, police, or rescue personnel in which case the price was $135.00 . Hmmmmm. . . . looks like we were giving them away back then too.

We were at a gun show in Fayetteville, NC (Ft. Bragg) in August of 1990. Iraq had just invaded Kuwait on August 5th and the 82nd Airborne was being deployed on the following Tuesday for Operation Desert Shield. I have had bigger shows, money wise, but I have never sold that many knives at a single show. The fella at the table next to ours actually brought his wife to the show on Sunday so that she could see the frenzy. He told me it looked like we had hung a "Free Beer" sign over our table. Sunday was busier than Saturday as most of our Saturday customers brought their buddies back on Sunday. There was rarely less than 15-20 guys in front of our table. My good friend and main helper in the shop, Jerry Snyder, packed a boat-load of these blades along with some special small D-2 blades that had micarta as well as para-cord wrapped handles. It turned out that a "boat-load" wasn't enough. We called the shop on Saturday afternoon and told one of our guys to bring every finished knife we had. We sold 262 knives at this show!!!!! Subsequent shows were also very healthy and we blew through every knife we could make. With so many different models and variations of the same size, we just started referring to them as "Desert Warfare" fighters. They soon became known as Desert Storm fighters. I am always amazed at how few of these knives have re-surfaced. I have, likewise, only seen 1 of the 500+ small D-2 blades since we sold them in 1990.

Nice find!!!!

Thanks for sharing the pics!


OE14 - Idahoskunk's Dessert Storm Fighter.

OE15 - Thatmguy's Bird & Trout Busse.

OE16 - Idahoskunk's Busse Hunter.

OE17 - Idahoskunk's Busse Hunter.

OE18 - Dagger

Here's an early (Circa 1983) Busse Dagger. This is from my brother's collection, and in fact was his design. I made them from 1983-1986. They sold very well, but were a pain in the catookas to grind. . . as are all daggers. He called it the "Pull Dagger". . . D-2. . . linen Micarta. . . . Cool design!


OE19 - The Birch Knob Polar Drop!!! Yowza!!!!

Very Cool. This is the blade that was made in the early-mid '80s and buried in Minnesota in 1989!

RVO3VOM found it on his third trip to the hills of northern MN. So, 3 trips, over 1,500 miles traveled, 600 holes dug, and a ton of bad directions later, he was able to lay claim to this very cool blade. There was absolutely "NO" rust on the blade. It was simply stained from the lithium grease that it was packed in.

A double-cut blast later and WOWOWOWOWOWOWOWOW!!!!! This great little "Nuclear Payload" blade looked like it had just been finished.

Nice find Drew!!!!!!

Congrats again!

Jerry Busse

OE20 - Idahoskunk's Defiance Hill

Wow!!! That is an old blade, probably 1980-1981. Check the bottom of the stand. . . it is probably marked. The knife was called "Defiance Hill". It was named after Defiance Hill where Fort Defiance was built in 1794. Here's a bit o' history about the name:

On August 9, 1794 work was started on a Fort at Defiance Hill. The fort was completed in 8 days. When "Mad" Anthony Wayne surveyed the land he stated "I defy the English, Indians, and all the devils of hell to take it." Defiance, Ohio is right up the road from here and the Indians who lived on our property were involved in the Battle of Fallen Timbers. . . Mad Anthony Wayne routed the indians and drove the British out of the area all in one fell swoop. Chief Wauseon (Wauseon, Ohio) was too young to have fought at the time. . . but he had many stories about the battle that he passed on to following generations.

The blade is D-2 and highly polished. It has an 18% nickel silver guard. It was definitely a show piece. Sadly, that Picassoesque attempt at scrimshaw was done by me. I only tried it a few times and could quickly see the writing on the wall. I refer to that as "distance scrim". . . because you have to be a fairly good distance away, for it to look good! The antler handle was cut from a deer that I shot in our woods about 100 yards behind the shop. It was a nice sized 28 point buck (alright it was 8 points. . .but it seemed a lot larger at the time) .

When I made the knife, I didn't have an etching machine, and in fact oftened stamped the initials of the knife's name in the blade. After I had purchased an etcher, the original owner sent this blade back to me (around '84 - '86) to be etched. He requested the G.P. Busse Field Grade mark instead of the Busse in logo format. I'm not sure why. I also then etched D-2 on the same side of the blade. There were less than 5 "Defiance Hill" models ever made. I had a hard time finding deer with large enough antlers! I could have made quite a few Doe handled knives though.

Nice find!!!!


OE21 - Busse Axe & Badger Attack.

OE22 - Idahoskunk's Flinted Indian Blade.

Yowza! Oh Yeah! I made that. That is very old. The blade is made out of 0-1 tool steel and has been hardened and tempered. . . I don't know why. . . but I hardened it. It was hot gun-blued by a guy who really knew how to get 'em black. The handle is from a whitetail antler drop and if I remember right, that is horse hair wrapped around the handle with turquoise and silver beads for affect. I sold these through a store in Gatlinburg called the ACORN Shop. They used to be the biggest knife store in the world! Very cool! I don't recall a name for these other than my Flinted Indian Blade. Where are you finding these things?

Funny story about those blades. I started off making and selling knives through the rendezvous circuit with the historic re-enactors of the mountain man era. I used to actually knap flint blades for years but couldn't find enough flint to make large blades. I used a lot of glass and obsidian as well. I must've gotten frustrated at not being able to find enough flint for a knife sized blade, because I started making those out of steel and doing what I could to make them look like real obsidian. That has to be from the late '70's or very early '80's. They raised a lot of eyebrows when I took some old ones to the BLADE Show in 1983 and 1984. Bob Loveless refused to believe that it was made out of steel until he tapped on it with one of his blades.

Very Cool. . . Thanks for sharing the pics!!!! Wow! I can't get over that you found one of these. And BTW. . . GREAT PICS!!!!!!!!!!!! I love the real obsidian pieces that you included as well. Shazaam!!!


OE23 - Ruger Bowie Proto.

OE24 - Treasure chest found at the Busse shop!

OE25 - Treasures from the treasure chest.

OE26 - 1984 Vasco Wear Fighter.

OE27 - Idahoskunk's Busse Field Grade.

OE28 - Idahoskunk's Busse Field Grade.

SS1 - Badger Attack & Satin Jack LE, from top to bottom.




SS5 - Flying Tiger, Flying Mojo, Steel Heart-E, from top to bottom.

SS6 - Busse wearing camo micarta for 2002 Knob Creek. From top to bottom, Battle Mistress, Steel Heart, Natural Outlaw, & Satin Jack.

SS7 - R Markus' collection.

SS8 - Idahoskunk

SS9 - Idahoskunk

SS10 - Idahoskunk

SS11 - Idahoskunk

SS12 - Idahoskunk

SS13 - Idahoskunk

SS14 - Active Duty & Badger Attack 3

SS15 - Idahoskunk's Steel Heart I & Natural Outlaw ZT (currently owned by mamun1024 2012).

SS16 - Custom Badger Attack & Active Duty.

SS17 - Paul's Hatchet & Megalodon.

SS18 - Idahoskunk's Tali-Whacker & Air Rescue.

SS19 - New Meaner Street versus the original Mean Street. A sexy one or a plain Jane?

SS20 - Ergo Steel Heart with Fusion Steel Heart. The Fusion Steel Heart is on steriod.

SH20 - Old & new Steel Heart, top & bottom respectively.

SH24 - Tall Paul's photo of new & old Steel Heart.

SH25 - Andre DuMouchel's collection of new & old Steel Heart. AWESOME line-up!