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The CASE BESH WEDGE
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W.R. Case & Sons Cutlery Company proudly introduces the Case® BESH
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08 FIXED

They have been the staple of mankind for
thousands of years. While they come in various
sizes and styles, they have one thing in common:
sturdiness. Numerous are the choices. Abundant
are the uses. They are fixed knives.

30 FOLDERS
Versatility is the folder’s strength. Use it for everyday activities, including cutting twine, opening an
envelope or even self-defense. When you select
one, make sure it excels in form, fit and function.

58 BUSHCRAFT
What is the key to thriving in the bush? The right
tool. In this section, you’ll find the best choices
for any challenge the wilderness presents.

70 HUNTING
The hunt is over. Now it’s time to process the
game. A good hunting knife is mandatory, as it
will insure that you do not perforate the hide.
Hunting knives have evolved over the years.
Check out these top options for 2017.

80 SURVIVAL
Imagine the scenario: A freak storm has
destroyed your camp, and your supplies are
obliterated. Mother Nature’s unpredictability may
have created chaos for you, but you are prepared
with a survival knife for anything else that comes
your way.

100 TOMAHAWKS
Based on their versatility, simplicity and effectiveness, tomahawks have endured for generations.
Use them for chopping, prying, hammering and
even combat. Reliability and the tomahawk go
hand in hand.

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106 MULTI-TOOLS
Big things really can come in small packages.
When you carry a multi-tool, you have a virtual
toolbox at your disposal at all times.

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110 SHARPENERS
We know some members of the SOF’s who
sharpen their knife after every use. If that does
not drive home the importance of a sharp blade,
nothing will. The art and science of sharpening
goes back to the Stone Age. Leap forward
millions of years and check out some choices
you have today.

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Discover different blade grinds and the advantages of each.
By Jerrie Barber

52 THE ART OF CUSTOMIZING
With some crafty modifications, you can make good blades even better.
By R. Bolieu

94 KNIFE BUYING 101
Don't pull the trigger on a new knife until you read this.
Our top survival expert provides 10 key items you must know.
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IXED - Those early
versions were used for
the same reasons as
fixed-blade knives are
today: self-defense. With so many
size and style configurations,
choosing the right one can be
daunting. But, the right fixed-bladed knife can be a tool for a lifetime.
It can also serve as a backup tool
to a gun, and could make all the
difference in a defensive situation.

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CENSOR 1312

OVERALL LENGTH: 7.68 inches
BLADE LENGTH: 3.54 inches
BLADE MATERIAL: AUS-8 stainless steel
BLADE THICKNESS: 0.16 inch
HANDLE MATERIAL: Nylon
WEIGHT: NA
MSRP: $64
WEBSITE: SteelWillKnives.com

02 Steel Will Knives
CHIEFTAIN 1620

OVERALL LENGTH: 13.11 inches
BLADE LENGTH: 7.48 inches
BLADE MATERIAL: 1095 stainless steel
BLADE THICKNESS: 0.24 inch
HANDLE MATERIAL: Micarta
WEIGHT: NA
MSRP: $199
WEBSITE: SteelWillKnives.com

03 Steel Will Knives
ADEPT 1010

OVERALL LENGTH: 11.34 inches
BLADE LENGTH: 5.91 inches
BLADE MATERIAL: N690Co
stainless steel
BLADE THICKNESS: 0.2 inch
HANDLE MATERIAL: G10
WEIGHT: NA
MSRP: $299
WEBSITE: SteelWillKnives.com

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04 Ontario Knife
CERBERUS

OVERALL LENGTH: 10.2 inches
BLADE LENGTH: 4.8 inches
BLADE MATERIAL: D2 tool steel
BLADE THICKNESS: 0.188 inch
HANDLE MATERIAL: G10
WEIGHT: 7.67 ounces
MSRP: $265
WEBSITE: OntarioKnife.com

05 CAS Iberia
CENTURION TACTICAL
KNIFE

OVERALL LENGTH: 10.750 inches
BLADE LENGTH: 5.750 inches
BLADE MATERIAL: AUS-8 stainless steel
BLADE THICKNESS: NA
HANDLE MATERIAL: Kraton
WEIGHT: 8.4 ounces
MSRP: $150
WEBSITE: CASIberia.com

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OVERALL LENGTH: 8.00 inches
BLADE LENGTH: 3.50 inches
BLADE MATERIAL: AUS-8 stainless steel
BLADE THICKNESS: 0.13 inch
HANDLE MATERIAL: G-10
WEIGHT: 4.20 ounces
MSRP: $230
WEBSITE: BastilliniKnives.com
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1510 GEKKO

OVERALL LENGTH: 9.33 inches
BLADE LENGTH: 4.33 inches
BLADE MATERIAL: N690Co
stainless steel
BLADE THICKNESS: 0.16 inch
HANDLE MATERIAL: Micarta
WEIGHT: 6.88 ounces
MSRP: $239
WEBSITE: SteelWillKnives.com

08 CAS Iberia
SENPAI TACTICAL
TANTO KNIFE

OVERALL LENGTH: 12.00 inches
BLADE LENGTH: 6.750 inches
BLADE MATERIAL: AUS-8
stainless steel
BLADE THICKNESS: 0.18 inch
HANDLE MATERIAL: Kraton ABS
WEIGHT: 15.5 ounces
MSRP: $150
WEBSITE: CASIberia.com

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09 Bradford Knives
GUARDIAN 3

OVERALL LENGTH: 6.50 inches
BLADE LENGTH: 4.77 inches
BLADE MATERIAL: CPM 3V steel
BLADE THICKNESS: 0.142 inch
HANDLE MATERIAL: Carbon fiber
WEIGHT: 3.56 ounces
MSRP: $194
WEBSITE: BradfordKnives.com

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SCHF55

OVERALL LENGTH: 7.75 inches
BLADE LENGTH: 3.55 inches
BLADE MATERIAL: 1095 carbon steel
BLADE THICKNESS: 0.18 inch
HANDLE MATERIAL: Grivory
WEIGHT: 5.7 ounces
MSRP: $61
WEBSITE: TaylorBrandsLLC.com

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OVERALL LENGTH: 9 inches
BLADE LENGTH: 4.5 inches
BLADE MATERIAL: A2 tool steel
BLADE THICKNESS: NA
HANDLE MATERIAL: Polymer/overmolded rubber
WEIGHT: 5.5 ounces
MSRP: $149
WEBSITE: HogueInc.com

12 Columbia River Knife & Tool
STING 3B
(BY A.G. RUSSELL)
OVERALL LENGTH: 7.19 inches
BLADE LENGTH: 3.42 inches
BLADE MATERIAL: 8CR13MOV
stainless steel
BLADE THICKNESS: NA
HANDLE MATERIAL: G10
WEIGHT: 1.8 ounces
MSRP: $59
WEBSITE: CRKT.com

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C.A.T. 203

OVERALL LENGTH: 7.25 inches
BLADE LENGTH: 3.25 inches
BLADE MATERIAL: 1095 steel
BLADE THICKNESS: NA
HANDLE MATERIAL: Black linen Micarta
WEIGHT: 5.6 ounces
MSRP: $115
WEBSITE: TopsKnives.com

14 TOPS Knives
C.A.T. 200S-04

5”

OVERALL LENGTH: 7.25 inches
BLADE LENGTH: 3.25 inches
BLADE MATERIAL: 1095 steel
BLADE THICKNESS: 0.16 inch
HANDLE MATERIAL: Green canvas
Micarta
WEIGHT: 5.6 ounces
MSRP: $120
WEBSITE: TopsKnives.com

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15 Cold Steel
AK-47 FIELD KNIFE

2”

OVERALL LENGTH: 10.375 inches
BLADE LENGTH: 5.2 inches
BLADE MATERIAL: CPM 3-V high carbon
steel with DLC coating
BLADE THICKNESS: 0.11 inch
HANDLE MATERIAL: G10
WEIGHT: 11.1 ounces
MSRP: $284
WEBSITE: ColdSteel.com

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16 Cold Steel
WARCRAFT TANTO
OVERALL LENGTH: 12.75 inches
BLADE LENGTH: 7.5 inches
BLADE MATERIAL: CPM 3-V
high carbon steel
BLADE THICKNESS: 0.11 inch
HANDLE MATERIAL: Long G10
WEIGHT: 13 ounces
MSRP: $329
WEBSITE: ColdSteel.com

17 Zac Brown's Southern Grind
RAT NECK KNIFE

OVERALL LENGTH: 4.875 inches
BLADE LENGTH: 2.25 inches
BLADE MATERIAL: 8670M
high carbon steel
BLADE THICKNESS: 0.135 inch
HANDLE MATERIAL: Skeletonized 8670M
high carbon steel
WEIGHT: 1.5 ounces
MSRP: $99
WEBSITE: SouthernGrind.com

18 Gerber
STRONGARM FIXED
BLADE

OVERALL LENGTH: 9.8 inches
BLADE LENGTH: 4.8 inches
BLADE MATERIAL: 420HC steel
BLADE THICKNESS: NA
HANDLE MATERIAL: Glass-filled nylon
with rubber overmold
WEIGHT: 7.2 ounces
MSRP: $86
WEBSITE: GerberGear.com
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GHOSTSTRIKE
31-002720

OVERALL LENGTH: 6.9 inches
BLADE LENGTH: 3.3 inches
BLADE MATERIAL: 420HC steel
BLADE THICKNESS: NA
HANDLE MATERIAL: Rubber overmold
WEIGHT: 6 ounces
MSRP: $83
WEBSITE: GerberGear.com

20 KA-BAR Knives, Inc.
BECKER CLEAR COAT
COMPANION

OVERALL LENGTH: 10.5 inches
BLADE LENGTH: 5.25 inches
BLADE MATERIAL: 1095 Cro-Van steel
BLADE THICKNESS: 0.25 inch
HANDLE MATERIAL: Zytel
WEIGHT: 16 ounces
MSRP: $131
WEBSITE: Kabar.com

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EK MODEL 5

OVERALL LENGTH: 12.93 inches
BLADE LENGTH: 6.87 inches
BLADE MATERIAL: 1095 Cro-Van steel
BLADE THICKNESS: 0.154 inch
HANDLE MATERIAL: Glass-filled nylon
WEIGHT: 11.2 ounces
MSRP: $125
WEBSITE: Kabar.com

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OVERALL LENGTH: 10 inches
BLADE LENGTH: 4.75 inches
BLADE MATERIAL: A2 steel
BLADE THICKNESS: 0.25 inch
HANDLE MATERIAL: Glass-filled nylon
WEIGHT: 11.3 ounces
MSRP: $249
WEBSITE: MissionKnives.com

23 Camillus Knives
DAGR

OVERALL LENGTH: 10.5 inches
BLADE LENGTH: 4.9 inches
BLADE MATERIAL: 1095HC steel
BLADE THICKNESS: 0.19 inch
HANDLE MATERIAL: G10
WEIGHT: 10.1 ounces
MSRP: $269
WEBSITE: CamillusKnives.com

24 SOG Specialty Knives & Tools
SEAL STRIKE

OVERALL LENGTH: 9.6 inches
BLADE LENGTH: 4.9 inches
BLADE MATERIAL: AUS-8 stainless steel
BLADE THICKNESS: 0.16 inch
HANDLE MATERIAL: Glass-reinforced
nylon and stainless steel
WEIGHT: 5.6 ounces
MSRP: $83-$127
WEBSITE: SOGKnives.com
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APPLEGATE 5.5
CENTURY EDITION
SPECIAL RUN

OVERALL LENGTH: 10.6 inches
BLADE LENGTH: 5.5 inches
BLADE MATERIAL: 154CM stainless steel
BLADE THICKNESS: 0.196 inch
HANDLE MATERIAL: Palisander
WEIGHT: 8.5 ounces
MSRP: $399
WEBSITE: Boker.de/us

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26 Buck Knives
119 BRAHMA

OVERALL LENGTH: 10.5inches
BLADE LENGTH: 6 inches
BLADE MATERIAL: 420HC steel with
black powder coating
BLADE THICKNESS: 0.175 inch
HANDLE MATERIAL: Stacked leather with
Micarta spacers
WEIGHT: 9.3 ounces
MSRP: $115
WEBSITE: BuckKnives.com

27 Buck Knives
MATT WOULD GO
(MWG)

OVERALL LENGTH: 9 inches
BLADE LENGTH: 4 inches
BLADE MATERIAL: 5160 coated steel
BLADE THICKNESS: 0.165 inch
HANDLE MATERIAL: Camo Micarta
WEIGHT: 6.3 ounces
MSRP: $245
WEBSITE: BuckKnives.com

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28 Kershaw
SECRET AGENT

OVERALL LENGTH: 8.7 inches
BLADE LENGTH: 4.4 inches
BLADE MATERIAL: 8Cr13MoV,
stainless steel with black-oxide coating
BLADE THICKNESS: 0.125 inch
HANDLE MATERIAL: Rubberized
co-molded
WEIGHT: 3 ounces
MSRP: $39
WEBSITE: Kershaw.KaiUsaLtd.com

29 Katz Knives
LION KING PREMIUM
302 STIPPLED KRATON
OVERALL LENGTH: 10.88 inches
BLADE LENGTH: 6.13 inches
BLADE MATERIAL: XT80 stainless steel
BLADE THICKNESS: 0.197 inch
HANDLE MATERIAL: Kraton
WEIGHT: 11.5 ounces
MSRP: $338
WEBSITE: KatzKnives.com

30 Katz Knives
WILD KAT 103
STIPPLED KRATON

OVERALL LENGTH: 9.38 inches
BLADE LENGTH: 4.63 inches
BLADE MATERIAL: XT80 stainless steel
BLADE THICKNESS: NA
HANDLE MATERIAL: Kraton
WEIGHT: 11 ounces
MSRP: $325
WEBSITE: KatzKnives.com
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AVENGER STIPPLED
KRATON

OVERALL LENGTH: 8.75 inches
BLADE LENGTH: 4.5 inches
BLADE MATERIAL: XT70 stainless steel
BLADE THICKNESS: NA
HANDLE MATERIAL: Kraton
WEIGHT: 6.5 ounces
MSRP: $222
WEBSITE: KatzKnives.com

32 Microtech
ARBITER

OVERALL LENGTH: 14 inches
BLADE LENGTH: 9 inches
BLADE MATERIAL: Bohler ELMAX
BLADE THICKNESS: NA
HANDLE MATERIAL: G10/FR4 Composite
WEIGHT: 18 ounces
MSRP: Starting at $400
WEBSITE: MicrotechKnives.com

33 KRUDO
BLISS BLACK

OVERALL LENGTH: 10.25 inches
BLADE LENGTH: 4.5 inches
BLADE MATERIAL: 9Cr18Mo
stainless steel
BLADE THICKNESS: 0.190 inches
HANDLE MATERIAL: G10
WEIGHT: 5.4 ounces
MSRP: $95
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ANATOMY

OF A BLADE
UNDERSTANDING GRINDS AND THEIR BENEFITS
BY JERRIE BARBER, LEAD PHOTO: NOAH NEMSLY

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t started at the beginning of time.
Since a caveman cut himself on a piece
of obsidian, man has been constantly
refining the way he cuts things.

From single-edge and double-edge
arrowheads made of stone, to limber steel,
to refined steels. From a ground edge to
a mirror-polished razor’s edge. Blades for
prying, for abuse and for elegance. Blades
to baton through limbs and blades to clean
your fingernails and open envelopes with.
Sure, when talking about the anatomy of
a knife, we could have talked about blade
metals or shapes, etc.
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The story could have gone on for
days. In the following story, we’re
going to focus on a few grinds (the
shape of the cross-section of the
blade) and discuss the advantages
of each. We will discuss why some
knives may be easy to sharpen or
easy to dull and how the geometry
of the blade plays a role in both. I
will also briefly discuss makers because they are the epitome of that
specific grind. Let's get started.

continues for so much of the blade,
when splitting wood or cutting hard
material, it acts more like a splitting
maul, keeping the material from the
sharpened cutting edge, helping the
blade stay sharp. A true Scandi-ground
knife has no secondary bevel, which
makes it different than the saber
grind, and makes sharpening somewhat challenging.

ADVANTAGES
Knives with flat grinds are relatively
easy to maintain, even as they wear
and age. Who hasn't seen that ancient
pocketknife with the one blade almost
sharpened to the spine? With that
said, in the knife world, if it is easy to
sharpen then it is easy to dull as well,
so there is some consideration when
choosing a flat-ground blade.

“CONVEX BLADES ARE
EXTREMELY STRONG,
ESPECIALLY BEHIND THE
CUTTING EDGE, AND MAKE
EXCELLENT HARD USE
KNIFES, USEFUL FOR
PRYING AND FOR FIELD
CRAFT.”

FLAT GRIND
The flat grind is the most popular. This grind is most commonly
achieved by going from the back, or
the spine of the blade and symmetrically removing metal in a straight
line toward the back of the primary
bevel, just before the sharpened
edge on either side of the spine.
In the end, the effect is an isosceles
triangle ground down to the cutting
edge. (Scandinavian grinds and
saber grinds also use flat grinds in
that at some point, that isosceles
triangle comes into play in the
symmetry of the blade.) Commonly
you would think of a chef’s knife or
a butcher’s knife. In our world, the
knife that comes to mind is nearly
any knife made by Spyderco that
incorporates the full flat grind into a
myriad of products in their catalog.

SABER GRIND
The Saber grind most commonly
will keep the width of the spine of
the blade to about halfway down
the distance of the blade toward
the cutting edge. This is to give
strength to the blade for tasks such
as slashing and chopping. When
thinking of the most classic saber
grind knife, I often consider the
KA-BAR Marine knife, though many
makers incorporate a saber grind in
their blade design.

No matter how
ornate the grinds
on a blade, if the
grind begins at
point A and ends
in a straight line at
point B, it is a flat
grind.

SCANDI GRIND
The Scandinavian grind (Scandi
grind) is similar in geometry to the
saber grind, except that the width
of the spine is carried out for almost
three-fourths of the of the blade,
until a flat grind is incorporated
to the primary bevel. This grind
makes an excellent field craft knife.
Because the width of the spine

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NEED TO KNOW

It is important to know how the grind of a knife works,
sharpens, and what that grind's common uses are. Not
knowing what the common use of a grind is for is like
having an automobile you never put gas in.

WHATEVER HAPPENED TO…

A grind that has lost some in popularity over the years is the dagger,
which has its thickness in the center and is sharpened on either side.
When I was a kid, everyone had a Gerber boot knife and these come to
mind when discussing this subject.

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ADVANTAGES
While you may believe this is the most
useless of the four grinds I will discuss,
it is probably the most useful for everyday carry. While it is true that a hollow
grind will chip easier during hard use,
there are two things to consider.
One, because of the narrowness of
the blade at the cutting edge, you

HOLLOW GRIND
One grind that continues to spark
debate is the hollow grind. A hollow
ground blade starting from the spine of
the blade, starts to narrow and continues the removing of metal in a convex
or inward grind to the cutting edge.
Picture a straight razor and apply that
to a knife blade. While there are several who use this grind, I most commonly
think right away of Chris Reeve knives,
who have mastered the hollow grind
and continue to make improvements
on this cutting technology.

can sharpen a hollow ground knife on
almost anything, such as the bottom
of a ceramic coffee cup or the top
edge of your car window, to bring that
edge back to life. While I prefer a good
sharpening system, the above-mentioned avenues for touch up are
available.
Two, improvements in metallurgy, in
my opinion, gives us better metal to
work with and lessens the little dings
we used to get from lesser quality
metals.

Chris Reeve has
made an excellent
product with his line
of folding knives.
These are the best
example of a hollow
grind. Notice how
there is almost a
sweeping effect
getting deeper and
deeper all the way
to the cutting edge.

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DID YOU KNOW?

In discussing these grinds, it is important to remember, grinds have little to do with sharpness.
I can take any of these grinds and sharpen them
as fine as you like, however each grind has its
trick to achieve this sharpness, and that is true
with any blade.

CONVEX GRIND
A direct opposite of the hollow grind is
the convex grind.
A convex grind comes from the spine
and continues for a span as flat stock
then slowly curves in a bow inward,
toward the cutting edge. Other blade
shapes come to mind, specifically the
Scandi grind, however the Scandi grind
comes to a point then makes a flat descent to the cutting edge. When I think
of the convex grind, no folding knife
comes to mind; however, what does
come to mind is several of the blade
designs that Bark River has in their EDC
line. I own and often carry a Bark River
Little Creek, which is an outstanding
example of a convex grind. While it
is harder to capture in photography
than the other grinds, you can feel the
outward roll in the contour of this grind
in this specific blade shape.

Full flat back, with a
flat grind starting at
the midway point of
the face of the knife
with a steeper bevel
at the cutting edge.
Emerson knives are
the epitome of the
chisel grind knife
blade. This knife is
an excellent user as
well as a devastating tactical defense
blade.

is a complete flat for about half the
distance of the blade, then a drastic
flat grind to the cutting edge. This is an
obscure blade shape but is commonly
being used by new makers, now more
than ever. While it is obvious to me
and many others, when thinking of this
particular grind Emerson is the company that rises to the top of the list when
utilizing this grind for a folding knife.

ADVANTAGES
In considering the chisel grind, there
are two major advantages that come
to mind.

ADVANTAGES
Knives with a convex grind are not
necessarily hard to sharpen but are
harder to sharpen without a good
sharpening system. Convex ground
knives over time become more difficult
to sharpen in the long term without
having some professional touch ups
made to the blade. Convex blades are
extremely strong, especially behind
the cutting edge, and make excellent
hard use knifes, useful for prying and
for field craft.

CHISEL GRIND
Lastly, and probably the most obscure
and least understood, is the chisel
grind. A chisel grind is a complete flat
back side of the blade, in the front

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“IN THE KNIFE WORLD IF IT
IS EASY TO SHARPEN THEN
IT IS EASY TO DULL AS WELL,
SO THERE IS SOME CONSIDERATION WHEN CHOOSING
A FLAT GROUND BLADE.”
up, you can curl wood or other material
with ease, or turn the blade ground
side up and remove a large amount
material with equal effectiveness.

AT A GLANCE
While this is in no way a comprehensive look at all the grinds available
in the knife world, they are the most
common grinds you’ll come across,
without getting into custom knives.
There are plenty more grinds to learn
about, and each has its own particular
use. KI

One, when sharpened correctly, a chisel
ground knife possesses a devastating
edge with the ability to do unspeakable damage to the target it is being
used against.

While this is a little
tricky to see in a
photograph, notice
how the cutting
edge of the knife
blade moves away
from the straight
edge, rounding to
the cutting edge.
This Bark River
Little Creek is an
example of a
convex grind.

Two, there is only one edge to be
sharpened, and it is nearly impossible
to make a mistake. Simply use your
abrasive on the ground side. When
you have reached your desired level of
sharpness, remove the burr from the
back side and the sharpening is complete. In the chisel grind, you also have
a double use in one blade. Much like a
wood worker chisels with the flat side

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01 Chris Reeve Knives
LARGE INKOSI

OVERALL LENGTH: 8.4 inches
BLADE LENGTH: 3.6 inches
BLADE MATERIAL: Crucible S35VN
stainless steel
BLADE THICKNESS: 0.14 inch
HANDLE MATERIAL: 6Al4V titanium
WEIGHT: 4.96 ounces
MSRP: $445.00
WEBSITE: ChrisReeve.com

02 Chris Reeve Knives
SMALL INKOSI

OVERALL LENGTH: 6.37 inches
BLADE LENGTH: 2.75 inches
BLADE MATERIAL: S35VN stainless steel
BLADE THICKNESS: 0.128 inch
HANDLE MATERIAL: Titanium
WEIGHT: 3.01 ounces
MSRP: $375
WEBSITE: ChrisReeve.com

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ARMOR PIERCING
BUTTERFLY 5 3/8"

OVERALL LENGTH: 8.75 inches
BLADE LENGTH: 3.37 inches
BLADE MATERIAL: 14C28N Sanvick
stainless steel
BLADE THICKNESS: NA
HANDLE MATERIAL: T6 aircraft
aluminum
WEIGHT: 4.5 ounces
MSRP: $158
WEBSITE: BearAndSonCutlery.com

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STILETTO DAMASCUS
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HANDLE)
OVERALL LENGTH: 7.62 inches
BLADE LENGTH: 3.25 inches
BLADE MATERIAL: High definition
Damascus steel
BLADE THICKNESS: NA
HANDLE MATERIAL: Carbon fiber
WEIGHT: 2.5 ounces
MSRP: $300
WEBSITE: BearAndSonCutlery.com

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DOZIER ARROW BP

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OVERALL LENGTH: 8.20 inches
BLADE LENGTH: 3.60 inches
BLADE MATERIAL: D2 steel
BLADE THICKNESS: 0.11 inch
HANDLE MATERIAL: G10
WEIGHT: 2.88 ounces
MSRP: $81
WEBSITE: OntarioKnife.com

06 Ontario Knife
DOZIER ARROW SP
OVERALL LENGTH: 8.20 inches
BLADE LENGTH: 3.60 inches
BLADE MATERIAL: D2 steel
BLADE THICKNESS: 0.11 inch
HANDLE MATERIAL: G10
WEIGHT: 2.92 ounces
MSRP: $78.95
WEBSITE: OntarioKnife.com

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TAC-RAZE

OVERALL LENGTH: 7.63 inches
BLADE LENGTH: 3.25 inches
BLADE MATERIAL: 1095 high
carbon steel
BLADE THICKNESS: 0.13 inch
HANDLE MATERIAL: Black G10
WEIGHT: 2.7 ounces
MSRP: $130
WEBSITE: TopsKnives.com

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SAFE FRAME LOCK
OVERALL LENGTH: 8.625 inches
BLADE LENGTH: 3.625 inches
BLADE MATERIAL: D2
BLADE THICKNESS: 0.16 inch
HANDLE MATERIAL: Titanium
WEIGHT: 5.58 ounces
MSRP: $400
WEBSITE: BastinelliKnives.com

09 Zero Tolerance
0220

OVERALL LENGTH: 8.4 inches
BLADE LENGTH: 3.5 inches
BLADE MATERIAL: S35VN
stainless steel
BLADE THICKNESS: 0.16 inch
HANDLE MATERIAL: Titanium
WEIGHT: 6.2 ounces
MSRP: $285
WEBSITE: ZT.KaiUsaLtd.com

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0450CF

OVERALL LENGTH: 7.4 inches
BLADE LENGTH: 3.25 inches
BLADE MATERIAL: S35VN stainless steel
BLADE THICKNESS: 0.12 inch
HANDLE MATERIAL: Carbon fiber front,
titanium back
WEIGHT: 2.7 inches
MSRP: $225
WEBSITE: ZT.KaiUsaLtd.com

11 Spyderco
TENACIOUS BLACK
BLADE
OVERALL LENGTH: 7.76 inches
BLADE LENGTH: 3.39 inches
BLADE MATERIAL: 8Cr13MoV
stainless steel
BLADE THICKNESS: 0.118 inch
HANDLE MATERIAL: G10
WEIGHT: 4.1 ounces
MSRP: $74.95
WEBSITE: Spyderco.com

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SAGE 5 COMPRESSION
LOCK
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OVERALL LENGTH: 7.17 inches
BLADE LENGTH: 3.0 inches
BLADE MATERIAL: CPM S30V
stainless steel
BLADE THICKNESS: 0.118 inch
HANDLE MATERIAL: Carbon fiber G10
laminate
WEIGHT: 3.1 ounces
MSRP: $219
WEBSITE: Spyderco.com

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STARLING 2 G-10

OVERALL LENGTH: 4.42 inches
BLADE LENGTH: 1.95 inches
BLADE MATERIAL: CTS BD1 stainless steel
BLADE THICKNESS: 0.091 inch
HANDLE MATERIAL: G10
WEIGHT: 1.1 ounces
MSRP: $44.95
WEBSITE: Spyderco.com

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ROBIN 2 TITANIUM
OVERALL LENGTH: 5.70 inches
BLADE LENGTH: 2.40 inches
BLADE MATERIAL: 8Cr13MoV
stainless steel
BLADE THICKNESS: 0.098 inch
HANDLE MATERIAL: Titanium
WEIGHT: 2.2 ounces
MSRP: $79.95
WEBSITE: Spyderco.com

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SPYDERCO DELICA 4
ZOME GREEN

OVERALL LENGTH: 7.15 inches
BLADE LENGTH: 2.90 inches
BLADE MATERIAL: VG10 stainless steel
BLADE THICKNESS: 0.098 inch
HANDLE MATERIAL: Fiberglass-reinforced
nylon (FRN)
WEIGHT: 2.4 ounces
MSRP: $109.95
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LAUNCH 5 EMERSON

OVERALL LENGTH: 8.5 inches
BLADE LENGTH: 3.4 inches
BLADE MATERIAL: CPM154 stainless steel
BLADE THICKNESS: NA
HANDLE MATERIAL: Anodized aluminum
WEIGHT: 4.1 ounces
MSRP: $169.99
WEBSITE: Kershaw.KaiUsaLtd.com

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OVERALL LENGTH: 8.4 inches
BLADE LENGTH: 3.6 inches
BLADE MATERIAL: S35VN stainless steel
BLADE THICKNESS: NA
HANDLE MATERIAL: Titanium
WEIGHT: 5.3 ounces
MSRP: $275
WEBSITE: ZT.KaiUsaLtd.com

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LINK

OVERALL LENGTH: 7.6 inches
BLADE LENGTH: 3.25 inches
BLADE MATERIAL: 420HC stainless steel
BLADE THICKNESS: 0.11 inch
HANDLE MATERIAL: Aluminum
WEIGHT: 4.8 ounces
MSRP: $69.99
WEBSITE: Kershaw.KaiUsaLtd.com
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RJ TACTICAL 3.0

OVERALL LENGTH: 6.9 inches
BLADE LENGTH: 3.0 inches
BLADE MATERIAL: 8Cr13MoV
stainless steel
BLADE THICKNESS: NA
HANDLE MATERIAL: Glass-filled nylon
WEIGHT: 2.8 ounces
MSRP: $39.99
WEBSITE: Kershaw.KaiUsaLtd.com

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VALMARA

OVERALL LENGTH: 7.1 inches
BLADE LENGTH: 3.0 inches
BLADE MATERIAL: 8Cr13MoV
stainless steel
BLADE THICKNESS: NA
HANDLE MATERIAL: Glass-filled nylon
WEIGHT: 3.96 ounces
MSRP: $39.99
WEBSITE: Kershaw.KaiUsaLtd.com

21 Kershaw
LINK - TANTO

OVERALL LENGTH: 7.6 inches
BLADE LENGTH: 3.25 inches
BLADE MATERIAL: 420HC stainless steel
BLADE THICKNESS: NA
HANDLE MATERIAL: Glass-filled nylon
WEIGHT: 4.0 ounces
MSRP: $69.99
WEBSITE: Kershaw.KaiUsaLtd.com

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OVERALL LENGTH: 8.8 inches
BLADE LENGTH: 3.6 inches
BLADE MATERIAL: 8Cr14MoV
stainless steel
BLADE THICKNESS: NA
HANDLE MATERIAL: G10
WEIGHT: 6.4 ounces
MSRP: $69.99
WEBSITE: Kershaw.KaiUsaLtd.com

23 Kershaw
FATBACK

OVERALL LENGTH: 7.75 inches
BLADE LENGTH: 3.5 inches
BLADE MATERIAL: 8Cr13MoV
stainless steel
BLADE THICKNESS: NA
HANDLE MATERIAL: Glass-filled nylon
WEIGHT: 3.6 ounces
MSRP: $39.99
WEBSITE: Kershaw.KaiUsaLtd.com

24 Kershaw
FERRITE

OVERALL LENGTH: 7.5 inches
BLADE LENGTH: 3.25 inches
BLADE MATERIAL: 8Cr13MoV
stainless steel
BLADE THICKNESS: 0.11 inch
HANDLE MATERIAL: Stainless steel
WEIGHT: 4.19 ounces
MSRP: $59.99
WEBSITE: Kershaw.KaiUsaLtd.com
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GRID

OVERALL LENGTH: 8.4 inches
BLADE LENGTH: 3.7 inches
BLADE MATERIAL: 8Cr13MoV
stainless steel
BLADE THICKNESS: NA
HANDLE MATERIAL: Titanium
carbo-nitride coated steel
WEIGHT: 4.8 ounces
MSRP: $49.99
WEBSITE: Kershaw.KaiUsaLtd.com

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BARGE

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OVERALL LENGTH: 7.3 inches
BLADE LENGTH: 2.6 inches
BLADE MATERIAL: Cr13MoV
stainless steel
BLADE THICKNESS: NA
HANDLE MATERIAL: Glass-filled nylon,
steel back
WEIGHT: 5.4 ounces
MSRP: $39.99
WEBSITE: Kershaw.KaiUsaLtd.com

27 Kershaw
PICO

OVERALL LENGTH: 6.8 inches
BLADE LENGTH: 2.9 inches
BLADE MATERIAL: 8Cr13MoV
stainless steel
BLADE THICKNESS: NA
HANDLE MATERIAL: Steel
WEIGHT: 3.7 ounces
MSRP: $44.99
WEBSITE: Kershaw.KaiUsaLtd.com

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ROVE

4”

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OVERALL LENGTH: 7.8 inches
BLADE LENGTH: 3.3 inches
BLADE MATERIAL: 8Cr13MoV
stainless steel
BLADE THICKNESS: NA
HANDLE MATERIAL: Glass-filled nylon
WEIGHT: 3.4 ounces
MSRP: $39.99
WEBSITE: Kershaw.KaiUsaLtd.com

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LAUNCH 4

OVERALL LENGTH: 5.1 inches
BLADE LENGTH: 1.9 inches
BLADE MATERIAL: CPM154
stainless steel
BLADE THICKNESS: NA
HANDLE MATERIAL: Anodized
aluminum
WEIGHT: 1.8 ounces
MSRP: $119.99
WEBSITE: Kershaw.KaiUsaLtd.com

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OVERALL LENGTH: 8.7 inches
BLADE LENGTH: 3.75 inches
BLADE MATERIAL: CPM154
stainless steel
BLADE THICKNESS: 0.12 inch
HANDLE MATERIAL: Anodized
aluminum
WEIGHT: 3.8 ounces
MSRP: $169.99
WEBSITE: Kershaw.KaiUsaLtd.com
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710 VOLT

OVERALL LENGTH: 7.75 inches
BLADE LENGTH: 3.25 inches
BLADE MATERIAL: 420HC stainless steel
BLADE THICKNESS: 0.110 inch
HANDLE MATERIAL: Anodized
aluminum
WEIGHT: 2.8 inches
MSRP: $55
WEBSITE: BuckKnives.com

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STRIKE FORCE AUTO
OD/BLACK

OVERALL LENGTH: 8.0 inches
BLADE LENGTH: 3.0 inches
BLADE MATERIAL: D2 semi-stainless
steel
BLADE THICKNESS: 0.11 inch
HANDLE MATERIAL: Micarta
WEIGHT: 3.1 ounces
MSRP: $149.99
WEBSITE: KnivesOfAlaska.com

33 Benchmade
AMICUS FLIPPER

OVERALL LENGTH: 8.0 inches
BLADE LENGTH: 3.2 inches
BLADE MATERIAL: CPM-S90V steel
BLADE THICKNESS: 0.090 inch
HANDLE MATERIAL: Aluminum
WEIGHT: 2.88 ounces
MSRP: $250
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OVERALL LENGTH: 6.7 inches
BLADE LENGTH: 2.91 inches
BLADE MATERIAL: 154CM steel
BLADE THICKNESS: 0.100 inch
HANDLE MATERIAL: Glass or G10
WEIGHT: Varies – depending on blade
tip type
MSRP: $105
WEBSITE: Benchmade.com

35 Emerson
CQC-7BW FLIPPER
OVERALL LENGTH: 8.0 inches
BLADE LENGTH: 4.65 inches
BLADE MATERIAL: CPM S35VN
stainless steel
BLADE THICKNESS: 0.125 inch
HANDLE MATERIAL: G10
WEIGHT: 5.0 ounces
MSRP: $259.95
WEBSITE: EmersonKnives.com

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COMBAT KARAMBIT

OVERALL LENGTH: 6.80 inches
BLADE LENGTH: 2.60 inches
BLADE MATERIAL: 154CM stainless steel
BLADE THICKNESS: 0.125 inch
HANDLE MATERIAL: G10, epoxy,
laminate
WEIGHT: 3.6 ounces
MSRP: $270
WEBSITE: EmersonKnives.com
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OVERALL LENGTH: 8.375 inches
BLADE LENGTH: 3.50 inches
BLADE MATERIAL: 154CM stainless steel
BLADE THICKNESS: 0.13 inch
HANDLE MATERIAL: G10
WEIGHT: 5.54 ounces
MSRP: $239.95
WEBSITE: EmersonKnives.com

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MODEL 0909

OVERALL LENGTH: 8.50 inches
BLADE LENGTH: 3.80 inches
BLADE MATERIAL: S35VM stainless steel
BLADE THICKNESS: NA
HANDLE MATERIAL: G10
WEIGHT: 7.5 ounces
MSRP: $225
WEBSITE: ZT.KaiUsaLtd.com

39 Boker
WILDCAT

OVERALL LENGTH: 7.125 inches
BLADE LENGTH: 2.875 inches
BLADE MATERIAL: D2 semi-stainless steel
BLADE THICKNESS: NA
HANDLE MATERIAL: G10
WEIGHT: 4.6 ounces
MSRP: $119
WEBSITE: Boker.de

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OVERALL LENGTH: 7.250 inches
BLADE LENGTH: 3.125 inches
BLADE MATERIAL: N690 stainless steel
BLADE THICKNESS: NA
HANDLE MATERIAL: G10
WEIGHT: 5.6 ounces
MSRP: $229
WEBSITE: Boker.de

41 Buck Knives
898 IMPACT

OVERALL LENGTH: 7.250 inches
BLADE LENGTH: 3.125 inches
BLADE MATERIAL: S30V stainless steel
BLADE THICKNESS: NA
HANDLE MATERIAL: Anodized
aluminum
WEIGHT: 4.1 ounces
MSRP: $225
WEBSITE: BuckKnives.com

42 CAS Iberia
KIZLYAR SUPREME
BLOKE

OVERALL LENGTH: 8.875 inches
BLADE LENGTH: 3.875 inches
BLADE MATERIAL: D2 semi-stainless
steel
BLADE THICKNESS: NA
HANDLE MATERIAL: G10
WEIGHT: 6.6 ounces
MSRP: $127
WEBSITE: CASIberia.com
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BULLDOG

OVERALL LENGTH: 7.50 inches
BLADE LENGTH: 3.20 inches
BLADE MATERIAL: 154CM stainless steel
BLADE THICKNESS: 0.13 inch
HANDLE MATERIAL: G10
WEIGHT: 4.65 ounces
MSRP: $207
WEBSITE: EmersonKnives.com

44 CAS Iberia
ROMAN FOLDER

OVERALL LENGTH: 8.50 inches
BLADE LENGTH: 3.750 inches
BLADE MATERIAL: DNH7 steel
BLADE THICKNESS: NA
HANDLE MATERIAL: Troyeng
hardwood scales
WEIGHT: 5 ounces
MSRP: $209
WEBSITE: CASIberia.com

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KIKU

OVERALL LENGTH: 8.0 inches
BLADE LENGTH: 3.5 inches
BLADE MATERIAL: AUS-8 steel
BLADE THICKNESS: 0.16 inch
HANDLE MATERIAL: Micarta
WEIGHT: 4.2 ounces
MSRP: $145
WEBSITE: SOGKnives.com

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PENT ARC

OVERALL LENGTH: 8.0 inches
BLADE LENGTH: 3.5 inches
BLADE MATERIAL: Damascus steel
BLADE THICKNESS: 0.15 inch
HANDLE MATERIAL: Carbon fiber
WEIGHT: 4.5 ounces
MSRP: $624
WEBSITE: SOGKnives.com

47 Benchmade
PAGAN

OVERALL LENGTH: 8.95 inches.
BLADE LENGTH: 3.95 inches
BLADE MATERIAL: 154CM steel
BLADE THICKNESS: 0.94 inch
HANDLE MATERIAL: 6061-T6 aluminum
WEIGHT: 5 ounces
MSRP: $420 (satin blade), $435 (black
coated blade)
WEBSITE: Benchmade.com

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handle material $19.95. Overall
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BOKER PLUS GRIPLOC

OVERALL LENGTH: 7.5 inches
BLADE LENGTH: 3.3 inches
BLADE MATERIAL: AUS-8 stainless steel
BLADE THICKNESS: 0.1 inch
HANDLE MATERIAL: Aluminum
WEIGHT: 2.9 ounces
MSRP: $109
WEBSITE: Boker.de

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DAMASCUS FOLDER,
MAMMOTH TOOTH

OVERALL LENGTH: 7.25 inches
BLADE LENGTH: 3 inches
BLADE MATERIAL: Damascus steel
BLADE THICKNESS: NA
HANDLE MATERIAL: Mammoth tooth
WEIGHT: 6 ounces
MSRP: $555
WEBSITE: Browning.com

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BLACK LABEL
UNLEASHED
ASSISTED OPEN

OVERALL LENGTH: 7.875 inches
BLADE LENGTH: 3.375 inches
BLADE MATERIAL: 440 stainless steel
BLADE THICKNESS: NA
HANDLE MATERIAL: G10
WEIGHT: 5 ounces
MSRP: $29.95
WEBSITE: Browning.com

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OVERALL LENGTH: 7.75
BLADE LENGTH: 3.5 inches
BLADE MATERIAL: 440 stainless steel
BLADE THICKNESS: NA
HANDLE MATERIAL: G10
WEIGHT: 3 ounces
MSRP: $33
WEBSITE: Browning.com

52 Camillus
HEAT 19167

OVERALL LENGTH: 8 inches
BLADE LENGTH: 3.25 inches
BLADE MATERIAL: Japanese AUS-8 steel
BLADE THICKNESS: NA
HANDLE MATERIAL: Glass-filled nylon
with stainless steel accents
WEIGHT: 4 ounces
MSRP: $54.99
WEBSITE: CamillusKnives.com

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DX311 DOUBLE LOCK
FOLDER

OVERALL LENGTH: 7.75 inches
BLADE LENGTH: 3.5 inches
BLADE MATERIAL: 7CR17 stainless steel
BLADE THICKNESS: NA
HANDLE MATERIAL: Aluminum
WEIGHT: 3.2 ounces
MSRP: $17.99
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MAKE GOOD BLADES EVEN BETTER
WITH SOME CRAFTY MODIFICATIONS
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“I

t’s almost perfect. If only the handle
guard wasn’t there or if the coating was
removed.”

“It would chop better if the edge was a
different profile.”
These are words most of us knife nuts have
said out loud at one time or another.
A knife’s look and functionality are major
factors when selecting outdoor tools. Comfort and usability often take a backseat to
those traits until the tools are actually used.
Only then do the blisters or hot spots rear
their ugly heads. Sometimes it’s just the
physical aesthetics of a tool, like the coating of a blade or axe head, that bothers us.
Either way, there is a large population of
knife and tool users who want to customize their tools to suit their needs. Following
is what you need to know.
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TOP CHOICES
Are there certain blades that are
suited for customizing? Machetes
from the Ontario Knife Company,
Marbles, Tramontina, and Cold
Steel are all perfect candidates
for customizing. In North America,
Ontario Machetes seem to be very
popular for camping and prized as
“survival machetes,” due to their
wide availability, low cost and
easy-to-do modifications They sport
a 1/8-inch-thick blade and come
in three popular lengths: 12 inches,
18 inches and 22 inches. Some
feature a molded handle and have
large D-shaped guards, which are
easily cut off with a multi-tool saw
or a hacksaw. I use the 12-inch and
18-inch models, and they have all
been modified.

THE MOD ANGLE
Modifications are purely based on
user needs and practicality, rather
than appearance. Comfort in any
work tool, be it a framing hammer,
knife or saw is of the utmost importance for serious work.

The author had
an 18-inch Ontario
Machete fitted with
custom Micarta
handles and a
convex edge. The
black coating was
also removed
and a new sheath
was made for this
time-tested workhorse of a tool.

edge. This helps prevent the thin machete blade from sticking in wood and
makes it a tougher edge in general.
The first two inches of the blade, down
near the ricasso area, always get a
straight Scandinavian edge, for fine
shaving and controlled carving. The top
of the blade (spine) gets the file again;
I make the top section (a few inches)
flat and as close to a 90-degree angle
as possible for striking a ferrocerium
rod to light the camp fire. This is easiest
to do on soft-to-medium-soft carbon
steel. Machete coatings are usually
inexpensive paint or low-grade epoxy,
and can be removed with many different paint and epoxy removers or good
old sandpaper and elbow grease. I’ve
used a brand called Jasco, which is like
a thick paste applied with a paint brush
and left on for a few minutes.
Ontario Old Hickory knives are another
popular choice for woodsmen to customize. Also made by the Ontario Knife
Company, these stout kitchen knives
are made of 1095 high carbon steel
and can be reshaped with grinders,
Dremel tools, files, hacksaws, stones

and sandpaper to shape the handle
scales and blade.
I had a Tramontina 14-inch Bolo machete modified into a golok shape. The
handle was sanded flush with the tang
to eliminate any hot spots. Naturally,
it got a convex edge and the clear
lacquer it came with was also stripped
off. It was finished with a treatment of
boiled linseed oil to protect the handle
and give it a darker appearance. This
particular machete is truly one of my
favorite customized blades yet.
The famed Mora Knives from Sweden
have been the most modified knives to
date. Their low cost ($20-$30) makes
them them ideal for experimenting
on when it comes to customizing and
it allows people to feel more at ease
when trying their hand. In general,
Mora knives are comfortable, donning
an oval cross section on their handles

A simple mill bastard file is all you
really need for general sharpening
and knife modification. However,
there are many people who have
access to better machines and
gadgets who take it to another
level—almost custom-knife level.
It’s important to recognize that machetes, for the most part, are mass
produced and almost 90 percent
of the time, will not come with a
sharpened edge. A file will take
care of this.
I must mention that I always put
a convex edge on the machete
by filing down the shoulder of the
bevel and just thinning it out so that
it creates a bullet shape, tapering
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“MODIFICATIONS ARE PURELY
BASED ON USER NEEDS AND
PRACTICALITY, RATHER
THAN APPEARANCE.”

This Tramontina
machete has a new
edge and blade
shape. It started
life out as a 14-inch
bolo machete, and
was turned into a
golok, with a more
comfortable handle.

Here is the pattern
that was cut into
the new golok tip
shape from a stock
Tramontina 14-inch
bolo machete. Any
type of machete
will normally have
soft enough carbon
steel, allowing for
the same type of
customizations.

to make them more universal. They
use soft carbon and stainless steel. This
makes a particular knife modification
very easy: the 90-degree spine. Again,
a trusty file is employed to square off
the spine for striking a ferrocerium rod
and for scraping soft wood, bamboo
or fatwood for tinder. This really is another tool in itself. On the carbon steel
blades, it’s popular to apply a forced
patina to the blade before it develops
rust. A lot of folks don’t care about rust,
me included. Normal use on meat,
vegetables and green sticks will patina
a knife blade, naturally. To apply a patina to protect the blade faster, or just
for looks, you can soak a carbon steel
blade in vinegar. This makes the blade
dark and you can sand it to even out
the finish, no matter how the patina
is applied. Smearing mustard on the
blade will also result in a patina, but
will leave a spotted or striped look; it is
a very artificial-looking patina. Sticking
the knife into a potato, overnight, is
another option, but is also very uneven.
This process often has to be repeated
for best effect. I feel the easiest, fastest
way to apply a uniform, classic-looking
patina to a carbon steel blade is by
dipping the blade, point first, into black
coffee.

The wooden handles found on the
red-handled classic Mora models can
be sanded and stained any color. The
plastic handles may be drilled to insert
a lanyard. Models with guards can be
modified with a simple hacksaw or
multi-tool saw. I have cut guards off of
the old Mora 511 and the newer Basic
511 models. The rough edges can be
filed down using a coarse stone or left
as is. To blend the white, fresh filing of
the plastic, use a flame from a lighter
or match to blend and clean up the appearance a bit. A simple electric hand
sander or Dremel tool can easily shape
a wood handle and plastic handle to
suit your hand.

PRODUCTION KNIVES
Even production knives are not
immune to modifications. Years ago, I
had the ESEE Knives’ (then RAT Cutlery)

DID YOU KNOW?

Following are the most common ways to
modify a knife:

01

Handle: Smoothing out rough or sharp
corners or changing the scales to wood
or Micarta.

02
03

Blade Coating: Stripping off coating to
have a more classic look, possibly a patina.

Blade Shape/Profile: Changing the
shape of a knife blade or the bevel to a
convex or “V” grind.

04

Sheathing: Custom Kydex or leather
sheaths are often desired to truly customize a knife.

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ESEE-3/ESEE-4 modified by removing
the choil guard and the coating. The
ESEE-4 had a convex edge put on,
and both needed new pants made
for them, made from Kydex, as the
original sheaths would no longer hold
the knives securely once the guard was
removed.

The customized
Cold Steel Pipe
Hawk (top) and
Frontier Hawk
(bottom). The
handles and heads
have both been
customized with a
file and sandpaper.

OTHER OPTIONS
Besides stripping off the blade coating
and some minor sanding of the handle
scales, the bulk of the modifications are
better off handled by a professional.
The best people to send your tools out
to for customizing are custom knifemakers. This is especially true when it
comes to regrinding blades and cutting
sections of steel off, like the handle
guard or choil. Custom knifemakers already have all the tools and machinery
for this kind of work. For leather and
Kydex sheaths, custom sheath makers
are the authority if you want to get
your knives into some new pants!

MAKE IT BETTER
A bastard file, hacksaw, electric hand
sander, sandpaper, lighter, diamond
sharpening stone, belt sander, grinder,
and Dremel tool can all be used to
customize any knife, machete, axe,
or tomahawk and make it truly yours,
creating an original. Make something
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CUSTOMIZING TOMAHAWKS
Mora Knives are
arguably the
most customized
knives and sheaths
today. This Mora
Basic 511 had the
guard cut off with
a small saw and
the bottom finger
guard sanded down
to accommodate
chest-lever grips
more comfortably.
The author added
a 90-degree spine
with a file and the
blade has a natural
patina from slicing
food, green wood
and stirring coffee
in camp.

The Cold Steel company has had much success with their line of drop forged, carbon steel tomahawks. They
feature a 21-inch-long, hickory handle and black-coated tomahawk head. These ‘hawks are good quality,
but the presentation is not the strongest. The wooden handle has a coating of clear lacquer and the head
is painted with inexpensive black paint. The head is not seated snugly, so they are fitted with a set screw to
hold them in place, which it doesn’t do well.
To add to it, the edge is almost non-existent. However, the steel is good quality; it holds a decent edge and
can easily be sharpened. The hickory handle, also of good quality, can be sanded down and finished with a
wood stain, or just left natural and treated with beeswax or boiled linseed oil. The black paint on the head
can be stripped off or sanded, then cold blued or a patina can be applied. The handle can be carved a bit to
allow the head to fit correctly on the handle. Besides, a tomahawk is a friction fit tool in the first place.
The edge can be sharpened with many tools and methods, even with just a file and sandpaper.
Cold Steel also sells hickory handles which can be cut down to different sizes so the tool will have more
versatility. I have 19-inch, 16-inch and 12-inch handles for my tomahawks.
Cold Steel Tomahawks are the real deal.

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USHCRAFT - Bushcrafting
has been around for
hundreds of years, and
it's all about surviving in
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MORAKNIV ELDRIS

OVERALL LENGTH: 5.6 inches
BLADE LENGTH: 2.2 inches
BLADE MATERIAL: Stainless steel
BLADE THICKNESS: 0.08 inch
HANDLE MATERIAL: TPE
WEIGHT: 2.8 ounces
MSRP: $29
WEBSITE: Morakniv.se/en/

02 Morakniv
MORAKNIV GARBERG
OVERALL LENGTH: 9 inches
BLADE LENGTH: 4.3 inches
BLADE MATERIAL: Stainless steel
BLADE THICKNESS: 0.13 inch
HANDLE MATERIAL: Polyamide
WEIGHT: 9.6 ounces
MSRP: $119
WEBSITE: Morakniv.se/en/

03 Bear & Son Cutlery
BABY BOWIE

OVERALL LENGTH: 6.5 inches
BLADE LENGTH: 3 inches
BLADE MATERIAL: High definition
Damascus steel
BLADE THICKNESS: 0.144-0.152 inch
HANDLE MATERIAL: Genuine India
stag bone
WEIGHT: 2.5 ounces
MSRP: $189
WEBSITE: BearAndSonCutlery.com

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BOKER PLUS CARACAL
FOLDER
OVERALL LENGTH: 9 inches
BLADE LENGTH: 4.125 inches
BLADE MATERIAL: D2
BLADE THICKNESS: 0.188 inch
HANDLE MATERIAL: G10
WEIGHT: 7.4 ounces
MSRP: $129
WEBSITE: Boker.de

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OVERALL LENGTH: 8 inches
BLADE LENGTH: 3.5 inches
BLADE MATERIAL: O2
BLADE THICKNESS: 0.157 inch
HANDLE MATERIAL: Curly birch
WEIGHT: 5.5 ounces
MSRP: $230
WEBSITE: CASIberia.com

06 Fiddleback Forge
BUSHCRAFTER SR.

OVERALL LENGTH: 9.5 inches
BLADE LENGTH: 4 inches
BLADE MATERIAL: A2 carbon steel
BLADE THICKNESS: 0.532 inch
HANDLE MATERIAL: Shade tree purple
burlap
WEIGHT: NA
MSRP: $325 plus
WEBSITE: FiddlebackForge.com
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SYLVERFALCEN

OVERALL LENGTH: 6.75 inches
BLADE LENGTH: 3 inches
BLADE MATERIAL: A2 carbon steel
BLADE THICKNESS: 0.125 inch
HANDLE MATERIAL: Natural bolstered
maple burl
WEIGHT: NA
MSRP: $250 plus
WEBSITE: FiddlebackForge.com

08 Fox Cutlery
SLIM DRAGOTAC
PIEMONTES

OVERALL LENGTH: 7.3 inches
BLADE LENGTH: 3.15 inches
BLADE MATERIAL: Stainless steel
N690Co
BLADE THICKNESS: 0.2 inch
HANDLE MATERIAL: Ziricote
WEIGHT: 2.64 ounces
MSRP: TBD
WEBSITE: FoxCutlery.com

09 Half Face Blades
FACE PLUG

OVERALL LENGTH: 6.5 inches
BLADE LENGTH: 3 inches
BLADE MATERIAL: CPM S35VN steel
BLADE THICKNESS: 0.12 inch
HANDLE MATERIAL: Various
WEIGHT: 3 ounces
MSRP: $250 plus
WEBSITE: Facebook.com/HalfFaceBlades

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ALPHA WOLF

OVERALL LENGTH: 7.5 inches
BLADE LENGTH: 3.5 inches
BLADE MATERIAL: D2
BLADE THICKNESS: 0.100 inch
HANDLE MATERIAL: Sanoprene
WEIGHT: 2.9 ounces
MSRP: $79
WEBSITE: KnivesOfAlaska.com

11 Ontario Knife
HEIRLOOM HUNTER
(DROP POINT)
OVERALL LENGTH: 9.1 inches
BLADE LENGTH: 4.2 inches
BLADE MATERIAL: D2 tool steel
BLADE THICKNESS: 0.125 inch
HANDLE MATERIAL: Laminated
hardwood
WEIGHT: NA
MSRP: $229
WEBSITE: OntarioKnife.com

12 Spyderco
PROFICIENT

OVERALL LENGTH: 8.75 inches
BLADE LENGTH: 4 inches
BLADE THICKNESS: NA
BLADE MATERIAL: CPM S90V
HANDLE MATERIAL: Carbon fiber
WEIGHT: 6.3 ounces
MSRP: $489
WEBSITE: Spyderco.com
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15”

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13 Diamond Blade
HERITAGE

OVERALL LENGTH: 8 inches
BLADE LENGTH: 3.25 inches
BLADE THICKNESS: 0.12 inch
BLADE MATERIAL: 440C stainless steel
HANDLE MATERIAL: NA
WEIGHT: 4.2 ounces
MSRP: $450
WEBSITE: DiamondBladeKnives.com

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6”

5”

14 Knives of Alaska
BUSH CAMP - STAG
OVERALL LENGTH: 10.5 inches
BLADE LENGTH: 6 inches
BLADE THICKNESS: 0.14 inch
BLADE MATERIAL: D2
HANDLE MATERIAL: Stag
WEIGHT: 8.3 ounces
MSRP: $189
WEBSITE: KnivesOfAlaska.com

15 Cold Steel
BUSHMAN

OVERALL LENGTH: 12.25 inches
BLADE LENGTH: 7 inches
BLADE THICKNESS: 0.098 inch
BLADE MATERIAL: SK-5 high carbon steel
HANDLE MATERIAL: SK-5 high carbon
steel
WEIGHT: 10.1 ounces
MSRP: $41
WEBSITE: ColdSteel.com

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16 Benchmade
BUSHCRAFTER

OVERALL LENGTH: 9.2 inches
BLADE LENGTH: 4.43 inches
BLADE THICKNESS: 0.164 inch
BLADE MATERIAL: S30V steel
HANDLE MATERIAL: G10 handle scales,
titanium tubing
WEIGHT: 7.72 ounces
MSRP: $215
WEBSITE: Benchmade.com

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17 Ontario Knife Company
BUSHCRAFT
WOODSMAN

OVERALL LENGTH: 15 inches
BLADE LENGTH: 9.1 inches
BLADE THICKNESS: 0.25 inch
BLADE MATERIAL: 5160 steel
HANDLE MATERIAL: American walnut
WEIGHT: NA
MSRP: $162
WEBSITE: OntarioKnife.com

18 Klecker Knives
ABIQUA HUNTER

OVERALL LENGTH: 8.9 inches
BLADE LENGTH: 3.97 inches
BLADE THICKNESS: 0.157 inch
BLADE MATERIAL: 7Cr17 steel
HANDLE MATERIAL: Glass-filled nylon
WEIGHT: 7.6 ounces
MSRP: $129
WEBSITE: KleckerKnives.com
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B BUSHCRAFT
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19 Helle
UTVAER

OVERALL LENGTH: 8.2 inches
BLADE LENGTH: 3.9 inches
BLADE THICKNESS: 0.12 inch
BLADE MATERIAL: Sandvik 12C27
stainless steel
HANDLE MATERIAL: Curly birch and
Vulcanfibre
WEIGHT: 5.6 ounces
MSRP: $239
WEBSITE: Helle.no

20 Fiddleback Forge
MID-TECH CAMP KNIFE

6”

5”

OVERALL LENGTH: 12 inches
BLADE LENGTH: 6.5 inches
BLADE THICKNESS: 0.375 inch
BLADE MATERIAL: CPM 3V steel
HANDLE MATERIAL: Canvas Micarta
WEIGHT: 14 ounces
MSRP: $350
WEBSITE: FiddlebackForge.com

4”

21 Behring Made
UPLANDER

2”

OVERALL LENGTH: 8.25 inches
BLADE LENGTH: 3.5 inches
BLADE THICKNESS: NA
BLADE MATERIAL: S7 steel
HANDLE MATERIAL: Micarta, G10
WEIGHT: NA
MSRP: $275
WEBSITE: BehringMade.com

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22 Katz Knives
PRO HUNTER
CHERRYWOOD

OVERALL LENGTH: 9 inches
BLADE LENGTH: 4.375 inches
BLADE THICKNESS: NA
BLADE MATERIAL: XT80 stainless steel
HANDLE MATERIAL: Cherrywood
WEIGHT: 4.11 ounces
MSRP: $299
WEBSITE: KatzKnives.com

23 Katz Knives
WILD KAT 103 WHITE
MICARTA

OVERALL LENGTH: 9.38 inches
BLADE LENGTH: 4.63 inches
BLADE THICKNESS: NA
BLADE MATERIAL: XT70 stainless steel
HANDLE MATERIAL: White Micarta
WEIGHT: 11 ounces
MSRP: $399
WEBSITE: KatzKnives.com

24 Helle
DIDI GALGALU

OVERALL LENGTH: 9.79 inches
BLADE LENGTH: 5.07 inches
BLADE THICKNESS: 0.12 inch
BLADE MATERIAL: Sandvik 12C27
stainless steel
HANDLE MATERIAL: African Kiaat and
Vulcanfibre
WEIGHT: 4.9 ounces
MSRP: $249
WEBSITE: Helle.no KI

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HUNTING
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9”

H

8”

UNTING - The hunting knife is one
7”
of those specialized
tools that many
people think they can do without. It's
designed to process game in such a
way that no meat is left behind, and the hide
6”
is not perforated or cut in any way. Specialized
knives designed for the hunting fields have
evolved over time, with unique blade shapes
and profiles that help
5” the hunter manage his
kill quickly and efficiently without damaging
any part of the animal.
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9”

01 Benchmade
NESTUCCA CLEAVER
OVERALL LENGTH: 6.56 inches
BLADE LENGTH: 4.41 inches
BLADE MATERIAL: CPM-S30V
BLADE THICKNESS: 0.140 inch
HANDLE MATERIAL: G10
WEIGHT: 4.95 ounces
MSRP: $145
WEBSITE: Benchmade.com

02 Buck Knives
BUCK 853 SMALL
SELKIRK

OVERALL LENGTH: 9.5
BLADE LENGTH: 4 5/8 inches
BLADE MATERIAL: 420HC
BLADE THICKNESS: 0.125 inch
HANDLE MATERIAL: CNC contoured
Micarta
WEIGHT: 7.6 ounces
MSRP: $80
WEBSITE: BuckKnives.com

03 Columbia River Knife & Tool
DW POINT

OVERALL LENGTH: 7.5 inches
BLADE LENGTH: 3.17 inches
BLADE MATERIAL: 8Cr13MoV, 58-59 HRC
BLADE THICKNESS: NA
HANDLE MATERIAL: 0.128 inch
WEIGHT: 4.40 ounces
MSRP: TBD
WEBSITE: CRKT.com

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04 CAS Iberia
KK0114 COLADA

OVERALL LENGTH: 8 3/8 inches
BLADE LENGTH: 4 inches
BLADE MATERIAL: CPM S35VN
BLADE THICKNESS: NA
HANDLE MATERIAL: Blue/black Micarta
WEIGHT: 6 ounces
MSRP: $175
WEBSITE: CASIberia.com

05 Columbia River Knife & Tool
HOLLOW POINT +P

OVERALL LENGTH: 8.5 inches
BLADE LENGTH: 3.60 inches
BLADE MATERIAL: 8Cr13MoV, 58-59 HRC
BLADE THICKNESS: 0.147 inch
HANDLE MATERIAL: Stainless steel
with inserts
WEIGHT: 6 ounces
MSRP: TBD
WEBSITE: CRKT.com

06 TOPS Knives
SKULLCRUSHER’S
XTREME BLADE

OVERALL LENGTH: 15.75 inches
BLADE LENGTH: 9.38 inches
BLADE THICKNESS: NA
BLADE MATERIAL: 1095 RC 56-58 steel
HANDLE MATERIAL: Black linen Micarta
WEIGHT: 26 ounces
MSRP: $240
WEBSITE: TopsKnives.com
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10”

9”

8”

07 Columbia River Knife & Tool
STRAFE

OVERALL LENGTH: 9.5 inches
BLADE LENGTH: 4.612 inches
BLADE MATERIAL: 8Cr13MoV
BLADE THICKNESS: 0.184 inch
HANDLE MATERIAL: Glass-reinforced
nylon
WEIGHT: 6.5 ounces
MSRP: $79
WEBSITE: CRKT.com

7”

6”

5”

08 Fiddleback Forge
KEPHART

OVERALL LENGTH: 8.5 inches
BLADE LENGTH: 4 inches
BLADE MATERIAL: S35VN
BLADE THICKNESS: 1/8 inch
HANDLE MATERIAL: Canvas Micarta
WEIGHT: TBD
MSRP: $225
WEBSITE: FiddlebackForge.com

09 Fiddleback Forge
RECLUSE

OVERALL LENGTH: 8.5 inches
BLADE LENGTH: 4 inches
BLADE MATERIAL: A2
BLADE THICKNESS: 0.532 inch
HANDLE MATERIAL: Dyed box elder burl
WEIGHT: TBD
MSRP: $275 plus
WEBSITE: FiddlebackForge.com

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10 Fox Cutlery
BF 710 VESUVIUS

OVERALL LENGTH: 8.66 inches
BLADE LENGTH: 4.13 inches
BLADE MATERIAL: 440 C stainless steel
BLADE THICKNESS: 0.2 inch
HANDLE MATERIAL: G10
WEIGHT: 8.47 ounces
MSRP: TBD
WEBSITE: FoxCutlery.com

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DESERT FOX
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OVERALL LENGTH: 8.54 inches
BLADE LENGTH: 3.74 inches
BLADE MATERIAL: N690Co stainless steel
BLADE THICKNESS: 0.16 inch
HANDLE MATERIAL: G10
WEIGHT: 6.7 ounces
MSRP: TBD
WEBSITE: FoxCutlery.com

12 Half Face Blades
COMBAT FILET

OVERALL LENGTH: 9.25 inches
BLADE LENGTH: 4.75 inches
BLADE MATERIAL: CPM S35VN steel
BLADE THICKNESS: 0.12 inch
HANDLE MATERIAL: G10
WEIGHT: 5 ounces
MSRP: $350 plus
WEBSITE: Facebook.com/HalfFaceBlades
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13 Knives of Alaska
FEATHERLIGHT
HUNTER

OVERALL LENGTH: 7.5 inches
BLADE LENGTH: 2.75 inches
BLADE MATERIAL: D2
BLADE THICKNESS: 0.100 inch
HANDLE MATERIAL: Suregrip
WEIGHT: 2 ounces
MSRP: $74
WEBSITE: KnivesOfAlaska.com

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14”

13”

14 Ontario Knife
HEIRLOOM HUNTER
OVERALL LENGTH: 9.1 inches
BLADE LENGTH: 4.2 inches
BLADE MATERIAL: D2 tool steel
BLADE THICKNESS: 0.125 inch
HANDLE MATERIAL: Laminated
hardwood
WEIGHT: TBD
MSRP: $229
WEBSITE: OntarioKnife.com

15 Knives of Alaska
BUSH MASTER
LEATHER SHEATH

OVERALL LENGTH: 14.75 inches
BLADE LENGTH: 10 inches
BLADE MATERIAL: D2
BLADE THICKNESS: 0.135 inch
HANDLE MATERIAL: Suregrip
WEIGHT: 9.5 ounces
MSRP: $74
WEBSITE: KnivesOfAlaska.com

16 Steel Will
STEEL WILL 820
ARGONAUT

OVERALL LENGTH: 12.28 inches
BLADE LENGTH: 6.5 inches
BLADE MATERIAL: AUS-8
BLADE THICKNESS: 0.18 inch
HANDLE MATERIAL: TPR rubber
WEIGHT: 9.95 ounces
MSRP: $99
WEBSITE: SteelWillKnives.com

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6”

5”

17 TOPS Knives
LIONESS ELITE

OVERALL LENGTH: 7.63 inches
BLADE LENGTH: 3.50 inches
BLADE MATERIAL: 1095 RC 56-58
BLADE THICKNESS: 0.13 inch
HANDLE MATERIAL: Black G10
WEIGHT: 3.6 ounces
MSRP: $145
WEBSITE: TopsKnives.com

18 TOPS Knives
LIONESS ROCKIES
EDITION

OVERALL LENGTH: 7.63 inches
BLADE LENGTH: 4.13 inches
BLADE MATERIAL: 1095 RC 56-58
BLADE THICKNESS: 0.13 inch
HANDLE MATERIAL: Tan canvas Micarta
WEIGHT: 3.6 ounces
MSRP: $155
WEBSITE: TopsKnives.com

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HUNTING
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15”

14”

13”

12”

11”

10”

440 Stainless
Steel BLADE
9”

rosewood Handle
5-5/8’’ open Length

8”

3-1/4’’ closed Length
2-3/8” Blade Length
1.5 oz. Weight

7”

Extras : Nickel Silver
Bolsters & Hollow
Ground Blade

6”
MADE IN
THE U.S.A.

5”

Model: 218 R
4”

midsize
stockman

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19 TOPS Knives
TUNDRA TREKKER

OVERALL LENGTH: 12.5 inches
BLADE LENGTH: 7.38 inches
BLADE MATERIAL: 1095 RC 56-58
BLADE THICKNESS: 0.25 inch
HANDLE MATERIAL: Green canvas
Micarta
WEIGHT: 16.5 ounces
MSRP: TBD
WEBSITE: TopsKnives.com

20 PUMA Knife Company
BUFFALO HUNTER

OVERALL LENGTH: 10 inches
BLADE LENGTH: 5.7 inches
BLADE MATERIAL: 440A
BLADE THICKNESS: 0.2 inch
HANDLE MATERIAL: Micarta
WEIGHT: 7.7 ounces
MSRP: $28
WEBSITE: PumaKnifeCompanyUSA.com

21 Boker
ARBOLITO ESCULTA
STAG
OVERALL LENGTH: 11.5 inches
BLADE LENGTH: 5.7 inches
BLADE MATERIAL: N695
BLADE THICKNESS: 0.2 inch
HANDLE MATERIAL: Stag
WEIGHT: 13.2 ounces
MSRP: $229
* includes Leather sheath
WEBSITE: Boker.de/us KI

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the

ADVOCATE

TM

a GAYLE BRADLEY custom collaboration

• CPM® M4 Tool Steel Blade
• 3-D-Machined Solid Titanium Scales
• Reeve Integral Lock Mechanism
• Index-Finger Flipper and Fully
Functional Trademark Round HoleTM

Visit www.spyderco.com or your local Spyderco dealer.

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URVIVAL - The survival knife may be called upon to 7”
perform under any number of conditions and scenarios.
The unpredictable nature of a survival situation means
the knife has to stand up to anything thrown at it and 6”
come out on top. Buying a survival knife means not compromising any aspect of the knife and making sure it's versatile and
durable enough to handle any circumstance.
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11”

10”

9”

01 Morakniv Bushcraft
SURVIVAL BLACK

OVERALL LENGTH: 10.51 inches
BLADE LENGTH: 4.29 inches
BLADE MATERIAL: Carbon steel
BLADE THICKNESS: 0.125 inch
HANDLE MATERIAL: TPE rubber
WEIGHT: 8.07 ounces
MSRP: $103
WEBSITE: Morakniv.se/en

8”

7”

6”

02 Schrade
SCHF52 7 1095

OVERALL LENGTH: 13 inches
BLADE LENGTH: 7 inches
BLADE MATERIAL: 1095 high
carbon steel
BLADE THICKNESS: 0.225 inch
HANDLE MATERIAL:TPE rubber
WEIGHT: 1 pound
MSRP: $60
WEBSITE:TaylorBrandsLLC.com

03 Bradford USA
GUARDIAN 4

OVERALL LENGTH: 9 inches
BLADE LENGTH: 4.6 inches
BLADE MATERIAL: Bohler M390
BLADE THICKNESS: 0.165 inch
HANDLE MATERIAL:3D contoured
Micarta
WEIGHT: 6.43 ounces
MSRP: $249
WEBSITE: BradfordKnives.com

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11”

10”

9”

8”

7”

04 CAS Iberia
KH2491
SURVIVAL KUKHRI

OVERALL LENGTH: 17.37 inches
BLADE LENGTH: 12.25 inches
BLADE MATERIAL: 5160
BLADE THICKNESS: 0.232 inch
HANDLE MATERIAL: Stainless/ABS steel
WEIGHT: 1 pound, 7 ounces
MSRP: $250
WEBSITE: CASIberia.com

6”

05 Colonial Knife Company
CE-100W
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06

OVERALL LENGTH: 8.5 inches
BLADE LENGTH: 4.75 inches
BLADE MATERIAL: 154CM
BLADE THICKNESS: 0.197 inch
HANDLE MATERIAL: G10
WEIGHT: 2 ounces
MSRP: $200
WEBSITE: ColonialKnifeCorp.com

06 Columbia River Knife & Tool
KAREN HOOD CHOPPER
OVERALL LENGTH: 15.199 inches
BLADE LENGTH: 9.125 inches
BLADE MATERIAL: 1095 high carbon
steel, HRC 56-58
BLADE THICKNESS: 0.25 inch
HANDLE MATERIAL: Polished resininfused fiber
WEIGHT: 1.2 pounds
MSRP: $375
WEBSITE: CRKT.com

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18”

17”

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14”

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12”

11”

10”

9”

07 Fiddleback Forge
DUKE W/ BLACK
CANVAS MICARTA

OVERALL LENGTH: 10.5 inches
BLADE LENGTH: 5.5 inches
BLADE MATERIAL: S35VN
BLADE THICKNESS: 0.532 inch
HANDLE MATERIAL: Black canvas
Micarta
WEIGHT: NA
MSRP: $275
WEBSITE: FiddlebackForge.com

08 Half Face Blades
CROW JR.

OVERALL LENGTH: 8.75 inches
BLADE LENGTH: 4 inches
BLADE MATERIAL: CPM 35VN steel
BLADE THICKNESS: 0.12 inch
HANDLE MATERIAL: Micarta
WEIGHT: 8 ounces
MSRP: $350 plus
WEBSITE: Facebook.com/HalfFaceBlades

09 Knives of Alaska
SURVIVAL

OVERALL LENGTH: 11.5 inches
BLADE LENGTH: 6 inches
BLADE MATERIAL: D2
BLADE THICKNESS: 0.155-0.165 inch
HANDLE MATERIAL: Canvas Micarta
WEIGHT: 7 ounces
MSRP: $179
WEBSITE: KnivesOfAlaska.com

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17”

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11 Steel Will
291 DRUID

3”

1”

11

OVERALL LENGTH: 8 inches
BLADE LENGTH: 4 inches
BLADE MATERIAL: 154 CM stainless steel
BLADE THICKNESS: 0.125 inch
HANDLE MATERIAL: G10
WEIGHT: NA
MSRP: $225
WEBSITE: OntarioKnife.com

OVERALL LENGTH: 8.94 inches
BLADE LENGTH: 3.74 inches
BLADE MATERIAL: N690Co
BLADE THICKNESS: 0.14 inch
HANDLE MATERIAL: Nylon and fiberglass
WEIGHT: 6.42 ounces
MSRP: $119
WEBSITE: SteelWillKnives.com

4”

10

10 Ontario Knife
SK-4 BLACK BIRD

OVERALL LENGTH: 6.13 inches
BLADE LENGTH: 3 inches
BLADE THICKNESS: NA
BLADE MATERIAL: 1095 RC 56-58 steel
HANDLE MATERIAL: Black linen Micarta
WEIGHT: 2.3 ounces
MSRP: $95
WEBSITE: TopsKnives.com

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18”

17”

16”

15”

14”

13”

12”

11”

10”

13 KutMaster
THE POTBELLY

OVERALL LENGTH: 13 inches
BLADE LENGTH: 6.5 inches
BLADE THICKNESS: 0.125 inch
BLADE MATERIAL: 420 stainless steel
black oxidized blade
HANDLE MATERIAL: Green
paracord-wrapped handle
WEIGHT: 14.5 ounces
MSRP: $34
WEBSITE: KutMaster.com

14 KutMaster
WILDFIRE
CAMOUFLAGE
RESCUE KNIFE

OVERALL LENGTH: 4.5 inches
BLADE LENGTH: 3.2 inches
BLADE THICKNESS: 0.125 inch
BLADE MATERIAL: 420 stainless steel
black oxidized blade
HANDLE MATERIAL: Camo
WEIGHT: 4 ounces
MSRP: $23
WEBSITE: KutMaster.com

15 CAT
TRAIL BLAZER

OVERALL LENGTH: 13
BLADE LENGTH: 7 inches
BLADE THICKNESS: 0.125 inch
BLADE MATERIAL: 420 stainless steel
HANDLE MATERIAL: Paracord wrapped
WEIGHT: 9.5 ounces
MSRP: $31
WEBSITE: KutMaster.com

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16 Zac Brown’s Southern Grind
JACKAL KNIFE

OVERALL LENGTH: 9.25 inches
BLADE LENGTH: 4.75 inches
BLADE THICKNESS: NA
BLADE MATERIAL: 8670M high carbon
steel
HANDLE MATERIAL: 3D milled solid G10
WEIGHT: 9.5 ounces
MSRP: $229
WEBSITE: SouthernGrind.com

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OVERALL LENGTH: 16.875 inches
BLADE LENGTH: 11.125 inches
BLADE THICKNESS: NA
BLADE MATERIAL: 8670M high carbon
steel
HANDLE MATERIAL: Black Micarta
WEIGHT: 15 ounces
MSRP: $149
WEBSITE: SouthernGrind.com

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17 Zac Brown’s Southern Grind
GRANDADDY FIXED
BLADE MACHETE

OVERALL LENGTH: 9.375 inches
BLADE LENGTH: 5.125 inches
BLADE THICKNESS: NA
BLADE MATERIAL: 095 Cro-Van steel
HANDLE MATERIAL: Leather
WEIGHT: 8 ounces
MSRP: $107
WEBSITE: Kabar.com
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JUNGLE BOLO

OVERALL LENGTH: 13.5 inches
BLADE LENGTH: 9 inches
BLADE THICKNESS: NA
BLADE MATERIAL: 1095 spring steel
HANDLE MATERIAL: Rubberized
Santoprene
WEIGHT: 11.7 ounces
MSRP: $125
WEBSITE: Benchmade.com

20 CAS Iberia
TTY HUNTING
DAGGER BY CITADEL
OVERALL LENGTH: 13.5 in ches
BLADE LENGTH: 7.08 inches
BLADE MATERIAL: DNH7
BLADE THICKNESS: NA
HANDLE MATERIAL: Palisander
WEIGHT: 10.2 ounces
MSRP: $275
WEBSITE: CASIberia.com

21 ESEE Knives
JG3

OVERALL LENGTH: 7.6 inches
BLADE LENGTH: 3 inches
BLADE THICKNESS: 0.125 inch
BLADE MATERIAL: 1095HC
HANDLE MATERIAL: Micarta
WEIGHT: 4.5 ounces
MSRP: TBD
WEBSITE: ESEEKnives.com

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PRO C

OVERALL LENGTH: 8.25 inches
BLADE LENGTH: 3.6 inches
BLADE THICKNESS: 0.1 inch
BLADE MATERIAL: Carbon
HANDLE MATERIAL: TPE rubber
WEIGHT: 4 ounces
MSRP: $13
WEBSITE: Morakniv.se/en

23 RMJ Tactical
KUKRI

OVERALL LENGTH: 15.5 inches
BLADE LENGTH: 10 inches
BLADE THICKNESS: NA
BLADE MATERIAL: 80CrV2 carbon
HANDLE MATERIAL: G-10 FR4
WEIGHT: 11 ounces
MSRP: TBD
WEBSITE: RMJTactical.com

24 Buck Knives
SELKIRK

OVERALL LENGTH: 9.5 inches
BLADE MATERIAL: 420HC
BLADE LENGTH: 4.6 inches
BLADE THICKNESS: 0.135 inch
HANDLE MATERIAL: CNC contoured
Micarta with steel bolsters
WEIGHT: 7.6 ounces
MSRP: $85
WEBSITE: BuckKnives.com
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25 Kilimanjaro Gear
SHIRA SURVIVAL

OVERALL LENGTH: 10 inches
BLADE LENGTH: 4.7 inches
BLADE THICKNESS: NA
BLADE MATERIAL: 8Cr13MoV
HANDLE MATERIAL: Rubberized
overlay
WEIGHT: 6.9 ounces
MSRP: $69
WEBSITE: KilimanjaroGear.com

26 Katz Knives
ALLEY KAT 8008
DAMASCUS

OVERALL LENGTH: 13 inches
BLADE LENGTH: 8 inches
BLADE THICKNESS: NA
BLADE MATERIAL: Damascus
HANDLE MATERIAL: White Micarta
WEIGHT: 11 ounces
MSRP: $1,480
WEBSITE: KatzKnives.com

27 Katz Knives
ALLEY KAT 8008
KRATON

OVERALL LENGTH: 13 inches
BLADE LENGTH: 8 inches
BLADE THICKNESS: 0.25 inch
BLADE MATERIAL: XT70 stainless steel
HANDLE MATERIAL: Kraton
WEIGHT: 11 ounces
MSRP: $330
WEBSITE: KatzKnives.com

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CHIMERA FIGHTER

OVERALL LENGTH: 13.625 inches
BLADE LENGTH: 8.25 inches
BLADE THICKNESS: 0.2 inch
BLADE MATERIAL: 1095 carbon steel
HANDLE MATERIAL: Kraton
WEIGHT: 4 ounces
MSRP: $1,275
WEBSITE: OntarioKnife.com

29 TOPS Knives
SKULLCRUSHER
EXTREME

OVERALL LENGTH: 15.75 inches
BLADE LENGTH: 9.38 inches
BLADE THICKNESS: 0.250 inch
BLADE MATERIAL: 1095 RC 56-58
HANDLE MATERIAL: Black linen
Micarta
WEIGHT: 34 ounces (with sheath)
MSRP: $300
WEBSITE: TopsKnives.com

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PAT CRAWFORD KNIVES

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SPARTAN BLADES USA

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GURKHA KUKRI

OVERALL LENGTH: 13.75 inches
BLADE LENGTH: 8.25 inches
BLADE THICKNESS: 0.24 inch (at guard)
BLADE MATERIAL: DNH7HC
HANDLE MATERIAL: Palisander wood
WEIGHT: 18.5 ounces
MSRP: $415
WEBSITE: CASIberia.com

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IGNITE

OVERALL LENGTH: 11.5 inches
BLADE LENGTH: 8.5 inches
BLADE THICKNESS: NA
BLADE MATERIAL: 7Cr
HANDLE MATERIAL: Injection molded
WEIGHT: 8.0 ounces
MSRP: $29
WEBSITE: Browning.com KI

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KNIFE
BUYING
101

10 TIPS TO CONSIDER
WHEN DECIDING WHAT
TO BUY
BY KEVIN ESTELA

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s a professional survival expert
and Filipino martial arts instructor, I field many questions
about the knives I’ve carried
over the years. Students and seminar
attendees want to know what works best
for me.
While I do have my preferences and find
it flattering they respect my opinion, I
generally respond by asking questions to
help these inquiring minds discover which
knives suit them best. The same logic we
use in, say, finding footwear, should also
apply to preferable cutlery. My size-13
winter boot would be too loose for a
smaller foot, and too warm for someone in
a tropical climate.
We differ physically and have distinct
attributes, making the perfect fit anything
but universal. To help you determine what
works best for you as a knife buyer, here
are a few questions to get you started:

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01

WHAT’S MY
BUDGET?

02

WHAT’S THE
TASK?

Here’s an expression that rings true
for knife purchases: “When you
buy quality, you only cry once.” You
should purchase the best you can
afford. The key word is “afford.”
At every price, there are knives for
survival in the street as well as in the
woods. Knives beyond your budget
are fantastical; spend too much on
a fancy-looking knife and your heart
may break when your circumstances
require you to use it as a tool. Don’t
buy what you can’t replace. Stay
within your budget.

Knife designs can evoke emotional
responses. Sometimes the knife
we want is not the knife we need.
Popular fictitious characters like
Crocodile Dundee, Rambo and Jack
Bauer blur the understanding of a
knife’s function. Instead of focusing
on form first, think about the knife’s
function. A large Bowie knife isn’t
the best choice for filleting fish. A
double-edge dagger serves as a better defensive blade than a bushcraft
knife. Think about what tasks you
need to accomplish before settling
on a knife design.

“THERE IS NOTHING WORSE
THAN FINDING OUT THE
KNIFE OF YOUR DREAMS
IS A QUARTER-OFAN-INCH TOO
LONG FOR
EVERYDAY
CARRY.”

Top) What is the
purpose of the
blade you want?
The RMJ Kukri is a
chopping machine
and perfectly suited
for cutting through
material in urban
and remote settings. The reverse
curve of the blade
maximizes cutting
potential.

03

WHICH STEEL
IS BEST FOR MY
PURPOSE?

The average knife user has a hard
time differentiating between most of
the exotic steels available. Without
the label, it would be tough to tell
the difference between carbon and
stainless steel. There are various
grades of carbon steel, crucible metals and non-magnetics. With all the
options available, do a quick internet
search on “which steel is best for
___,” and insert your need in the
blank. Instead of jumping right for
the latest and greatest, a bit of research will help you purchase a more
reliable and longer-lasting blade.

04

IS THE HANDLE
COMFORTABLE?

When watching others use a knife,
we sometimes forget about the handle inside their clenched fingers. Just
like my analogy with shoes for the

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Right) A compact
blade, like the RAT
from Headhunter
Blades, is a great
option for those
who go into harm’s
way. Worn opposite
the firearm, it
provides another
option for lethal
force when it is
deemed necessary.
Photo credit: Voodooman

right fit, a handle with a thick contour
(my preference) won’t fit as comfortably in a smaller hand. Depending on
the use of the knife, an aggressively
textured handle is a better purchase
in defensive scenarios, but can cause
blisters during prolonged use. Whenever possible, hold a knife and work
through various grip manipulations to

get a feel for the handle. If the knife
isn’t comfortable in your hand, move
on to something that works for you.

05

WHERE AM I
GOING TO USE IT?

Think about the environmental factors
that may affect your knife’s performance when you use it. This can help

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BUDGETING

What knife would you buy with $20?
With $100? With $500? The options are
endless, and these questions have been
posed countless times in knife community
discussions.

you address which steel and handle
you preferably want. Bushcrafters in
dry environments may favor 01 steel
and other high carbons, but those in
coastal areas where moisture is high
will likely prefer 3V, S35VN or S30V
steel due to its corrosive resistance. Of
course, you’ll need to balance these
factors against the results from the
questions you’ve answered.

06

WHAT DO
OTHERS SAY
ABOUT THIS KNIFE
AND WHY DO OPINIONS
VARY?
Thanks to the internet, it’s easy to
find reviews of just about any knife.
Depending on distribution, you may
find a few hundred observations or
reviews from people who have used
knives in the field. Look for patterns
and repeated comments. Opinions will
vary based on the overall experience of
acquiring and using the knife. Be wary
and look at the big picture: Some feedback may be negative due to a buyer’s
expense or user error. Likewise, overly
zealous feedback might lead you to
believe the knife could chop firewood
all on its own. Each user has his own
opinion when it comes to knife use.
Experiences vary based on knowledge
and blade skills. Take them with a grain
of salt and try to get a balanced view
by reading a wide range of opinions.

07

CAN I LEGALLY
PURCHASE,
POSSESS, AND CARRY IT?

Utilizing an S35VN blade,
the Martin Knives Phoenix
is a top-of-the-line hollow-handle survival knife
that holds up in the dampest environments and
keeps the handle contents
dry. Martin Knives has
never had a blade returned
broken at the hilt.

A Scandi-ground knife
excels at cutting wood
and holds up to the
elements when ground
from a “super steel” like
the Martin Knives Bushcraft Classic in S35VN.
The comfortable handle
will not blister the hand
after prolonged use.

Consult with a reputable source, such
as the Legal Blade app from Knife
Rights (www.KnifeRights.org) before
your knife purchase. There is nothing
worse than finding out the knife of
your dreams is a quarter-of-an-inch
too long for everyday carry. Be a smart
and legal knife owner when buying,
carrying, and using knives.

08

IS THE KNIFE
DURABLE? WHAT
IS THE WARRANTY?

As a serious outdoorsman, you probably
wouldn’t carry a single knife. For this reason,
consider a backup blade you can purchase
at each of those price points. Maybe you’re
starting from scratch or maybe you already
have a reliable blade on your belt and you’re
looking for complementary blades, much like
the famed Nessmuk Trio (belt knife, hatchet
and pocket knife). A good multi-tool or folding
knife, plus a chopping tool, should be part of
your budget as well.
If your life depends on your knife, keeping it
sharp will mean purchasing a quality field
sharpener, and a more dedicated, less portable
unit for home. If the sheath your knife came
with is old, doesn’t retain the blade as you like
or simply doesn’t work for you, your budget
should include the cost of a replacement.
Of course, if you have unlimited funds, you can
purchase what you need from anywhere. But if
funds are limited, we advise you to seek out the
secondary markets found on discussion forums,
used-knives tables at gun-and-knife shows,
eBay and pawn shops. Ask around if anyone
in your circle of friends is looking to move any
of their gear, and consider bartering goods or
services in exchange for your desired item. If you
can save money now, you’ll probably have more
to work with at the next price point the next
time you upgrade or replace your gear.

LEARN THE LAWS

Do you know what the knife laws are in
your state? Can you answer the following
questions? How long is a legal blade?
Where can’t you legally carry a blade?
What exactly is the difference between
an assisted-opening knife, a switchblade,
and a gravity knife? Is a blade measured
from the tip to the plunge line, by the
sharpened portion only, or in some other
manner?
For instance, a recreational-use statute allows
you to carry some blades only while you are
engaged only in a recreational pursuit, such as a
9-inch long fillet knife while fishing.
Lawyers are expensive and you would probably
rather use your money for your next blade,
adventure or accessory, instead of legal fees.
It isn’t a bad idea to carry a miniaturized
photocopy of your local laws in your wallet as a
pocket reference. You can find more information
at KnifeRights.org.

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A good warranty on a knife means the
maker stands behind his work, which
means you can trust its durability. A
good warranty also means it can be
serviced if it’s accidentally damaged
during training. Personally warranties
don’t mean a damn thing in an emergency, but buy the most robust knife
you can afford.

09

HOW DOES THE
SHEATH CARRY
THE BLADE?
A sheath is to knife, as holster is to
pistol. A sheath should hold the knife in
a secure, but easily accessible manner.
Self-defense knives should be easily
drawn from sheaths, free of interfering
straps. Bushcraft knives should have
deep pouch sheaths to protect the
blade and handle and should fasten
securely to prevent accidental loss.
Tactical knives likely have provisions to
attach the blade to MOLLE or web gear
in any number of positions. Depending
on the user, the sheath may feature
“click” retention or a friction fit. Also
worthy of consideration is the location
where the sheath allows carry on the
body or pack.

10

WHERE CAN I
FIND ONE?

Once you have your knife selection narrowed down, it’s time to search places
such as eBay, Amazon, Google, online
message boards, and forums to locate
potential bargains. The extra money
you keep can be placed aside for a
backup blade purchase, supplemental
gear, or for training. Don’t waste any of
your hard-earned money by paying too
much. KI

KNIFE TYPES

• EDC: An EDC blade is a practical
blade for true everyday carry. Carried in pocket slips, belt pouches
or clipped to your pants, this knife
should be carried in a consistent
place every day. An occasionally
carried knife is not an EDC knife.
An EDC knife is meant for opening
letters, cutting up lunch, cutting
a notch in a cigar, cutting cord
and other regularly occurring
tasks in an average day. These
knives never leave your side and
their selection may be the most
difficult to make.

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The Vehement
Blades Combat
Dagger is an excellent example of a
done-right
double-edged
defensive knife.
Perfectly balanced
and made from
modern materials,
it is an excellent
complement to the
combative loadout.

• Bushcraft: Bushcraft knives are
knives meant for processing natural
resources while living in the outdoors.
In general, this means wood carving,
scraping with the spine, preparing food
in camp and cleaning wild-caught fish
and game. Bushcraft knives should be
comfortable for extended use in-hand
in a number of positions. Depending
on the intent of the user (from casual
hobbyist to professional guide), the
knife can be constructed from
traditional materials purely for looks
or from the most modern for durability
and longevity in the field.

“THINK ABOUT THE
ENVIRONMENTAL FACTORS
THAT MAY AFFECT YOUR
KNIFE’S PERFORMANCE
WHEN YOU USE IT.”
• Survival: Survival knives are not compromising. Compared to other knife types,
they are meant for absolute dependability.
A survival knife may be a single tool meant
to do the work of many. It should be able
to slice, chop, pierce and cut just about any
reasonable material found in the area of
operations of the user. These knives may
not be used daily, they may be stored for
long periods of time and they are likely to
be exposed to the elements and the worstcase atmospheric conditions. Hard use in a
moment of stress or in a prolonged survival
situation should not damage or adversely
affect this style of knife.

• Tactical: Depending on your training and mission,
your desired tactical knife design will vary. True
tactical knives don’t resemble the vast majority of
knives sold with the “tactical” label. Tactical knives
aren’t anti-personnel knives. If your tactics require
cutting a shooting lane or hole, your tactical knife
should be for more field craft than fighting. Tactical
knives should be grounded in reality, not fantasy.
If your tactics include using a blade for defense/offense when better options are available, reconsider
your strategy. Depending on group size, maneuvers,
and additional equipment, a small center-line
carried backup blade may work as a tactical knife. A
tactical blade must be easily accessed, unsheathed,
and deployed with either hand.

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OMAHAWK - The tomahawk is a
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11”

01 COLONIAL KNIFE AND TOOL
TOMAHAWK T200
(THROWING)

OVERALL LENGTH: 14.0 INCHES
BLADE LENGTH: 3.5 INCHES
BLADE MATERIAL: 8670 STEEL
BLADE THICKNESS: 0.625 INCH
HANDLE MATERIAL: 550 PARACORD
WRAPPED (NOT SHOWN)
WEIGHT: 19 OUNCES
MSRP: $500
WEBSITE: COLONIALKNIFECORP.COM

02 COLUMBIA RIVER KNIFE & TOOL
CHOGAN T-HAWK

OVERALL LENGTH: 19.13 INCHES
BLADE LENGTH: 4.21 INCHES
BLADE MATERIAL: 1055 CARBON STEEL
BLADE THICKNESS: 0.52 INCH
HANDLE MATERIAL: TENNESSEE
HICKORY
WEIGHT: 2.9 POUNDS
MSRP: $69
WEBSITE: CRKT.COM

03 HALF FACE BLADES
GEN 2 TOMAHAWK

OVERALL LENGTH: 13.125 INCHES
BLADE LENGTH: 6.0 INCHES
BLADE MATERIAL: S35VN
BLADE THICKNESS: 0.25 INCH
HANDLE MATERIAL: G10 OR 750
MICARTA
WEIGHT: 22.0 OUNCES
MSRP: $600
WEBSITE: FACEBOOK.COM/
HALFFACEBLADES/

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HAKET

OVERALL LENGTH: 15.00 INCHES
BLADE LENGTH: 8.5 INCHES
BLADE MATERIAL: 1095 RC- 56-58
BLADE THICKNESS: 0.190 INCH
HANDLE MATERIAL: CHROME MOLY
TUBE WITH CORD WRAP
WEIGHT: 40.0 OUNCES (WITH SHEATH)
MSRP: $240
WEBSITE: TOPSKNIVES.COM

05 SCHRADE
TACTICAL HATCHET

OVERALL LENGTH: 12.8 INCHES
BLADE LENGTH: 3.1 INCHES
BLADE MATERIAL: POWDER COATED SK5
HIGH CARBON STAINLESS STEEL
BLADE THICKNESS: NA
HANDLE MATERIAL: GLASS-FILLED
NYLON FIBER SLABS
WEIGHT: 1.56 POUNDS
MSRP: $106
WEBSITE: TAYLORBRANDSLLC.COM

06 KERSHAW
SIEGE

OVERALL LENGTH: 16 INCHES
BLADE LENGTH: 4 INCHES
BLADE MATERIAL: 3CR13 STEEL,
BLACK-OXIDE COATING
BLADE THICKNESS: NA
HANDLE MATERIAL: RIVETED GLASSFILLED NYLON SCALES, K-TEXTURE™ GRIP
WEIGHT: 31.8 OUNCES
MSRP: $79
WEBSITE: KERSHAW.KAIUSALTD.COM
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07 BOKER
MAGNUM
CARNIVORE

OVERALL LENGTH: 14.25 INCHES
BLADE LENGTH: 2.5 INCHES
BLADE THICKNESS: NA
BLADE MATERIAL: SK5 HIGH
CARBON STEEL
HANDLE MATERIAL: G10
WEIGHT: 37.0 OUNCES
MSRP: $179
WEBSITE: BOKER.DE/US

08 COLD STEEL
WAR HAWK

OVERALL LENGTH: 19 INCHES
BLADE LENGTH: 3 INCHES
BLADE THICKNESS: NA
BLADE MATERIAL: DROP FORGED
1055 CARBON
HANDLE MATERIAL: POLYPROPYLENE
WEIGHT: 1.84 POUNDS
MSRP: $69
WEBSITE: COLDSTEEL.COM

09 COLUMBIA RIVER KNIFE & TOOL
KANGEE T-HAWK

OVERALL LENGTH: 13.75 INCHES
BLADE LENGTH: 2.93 INCHES
BLADE THICKNESS: 0.23 INCH
BLADE MATERIAL: SK5 CARBON STEEL
HANDLE MATERIAL: GLASS-FILLED
NYLON
WEIGHT: 3.6 POUNDS
MSRP: $185
WEBSITE: CRKT.COM KI

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ULTI-TOOL - The development of the multi-tool in
recent years means that the knife aficionado has, at
his fingertips, a virtual toolbox of useful implements,
including the right tool when he needs it most. The
capability of the modern multi-tool has grown by leaps and
bounds, due to dedicated engineering devoted to its development. These new tools put high-tech functionality in a compact
and portable format you can tuck in your back pocket.

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01 Leatherman
KNIFELESS REBAR

OVERALL LENGTH: 4 inches (closed)
BLADE LENGTH: 3 inches
HANDLE MATERIAL: 420HC steel
WEIGHT: 6.7 ounces
MSRP: $80
WEBSITE: Leatherman.com

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02 Leatherman
REBAR

OVERALL LENGTH: 4.0 inches (closed)
BLADE LENGTH: 2.9 inches
BLADE MATERIAL: 420HC steel
HANDLE MATERIAL: 420HC steel
WEIGHT: 6.7 ounces
MSRP: $60.85
WEBSITE: Leatherman.com

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03 Victorinox
TRAILMASTER

OVERALL LENGTH: 4.37 inches (closed)
BLADE LENGTH: 3.38 inches
BLADE MATERIAL: 420HC steel
HANDLE MATERIAL: Polymide
WEIGHT: 4.51 ounces
MSRP: $65
WEBSITE: Victorinox.com

04 Leatherman
SKELETOOL RX

OVERALL LENGTH: 4.0 inches (closed)
BLADE LENGTH: 2.6 inches
BLADE MATERIAL: 420HC steel
HANDLE MATERIAL: 154 steel w/
Cerakote
WEIGHT: 5 ounces
MSRP: Starts at $89.95
WEBSITE: Leatherman.com

05 Leatherman
SIGNAL

OVERALL LENGTH: 4.5 inches (closed)
BLADE LENGTH: 2.75 inches
BLADE MATERIAL: 420HC steel
HANDLE MATERIAL: 420HC steel
WEIGHT: 7.5 ounces
MSRP: $99
WEBSITE: Leatherman.com

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06 Victorinox
PIONEER X – SILVER
ALOX

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OVERALL LENGTH: 3.7 inches (closed)
BLADE LENGTH: 2.65 inches
BLADE MATERIAL: 420HC steel
HANDLE MATERIAL: Aluminum
WEIGHT: 4.51 ounces
MSRP: $45
WEBSITE: Victorinox.com

07 Victorinox
CLASSIC SD

OVERALL LENGTH: 2.3 inches (closed)
BLADE LENGTH: 1.075 inches
BLADE MATERIAL: 420HC steel
HANDLE MATERIAL: ABS/Celidor
WEIGHT: 0.8 ounces
MSRP: $20
WEBSITE: Victorinox.com

08 Gerber
CENTER-DRIVE
MULTI-TOOL

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OVERALL LENGTH: 4.7 inches (closed)
BLADE LENGTH: 3.25 inches
TOOL OPEN LENGTH: 6.6 inches
BLADE MATERIAL: 420HC steel
HANDLE MATERIAL: U.S. stainless steel
WEIGHT: 9.5 ounces
MSRP: $89
WEBSITE: GerberGear.com

09 Gerber
MP1

OVERALL LENGTH: 4.38 inches (closed)
BLADE LENGTH: 2.8 inches
BLADE MATERIAL: 6150 carbon steel
jaws; 420HC steel blades
HANDLE MATERIAL: Textured G10
WEIGHT: 8 ounces
MSRP: $132
WEBSITE: GerberGear.com

10 Coast
LED140 LED
MULTI TOOL

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10

OVERALL LENGTH: 3.85 inches (closed)
BLADE LENGTH: 1.75 inches
BLADE MATERIAL: 3CR13 steel
HANDLE MATERIAL: Stainless steel with
rubber padding
WEIGHT: 10.1 ounces
MSRP: $39
WEBSITE: CoastPortland.com KI
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HARPENERS -The art and science
of knife sharpening goes back to
the Stone Age, when early man was
putting an edge on obsidian. Back
then, getting a sharp edge meant hitting the
stone at just the right angle to produce the
required edge. Today, getting and keeping
a knife blade sharp means the same thing:
holding the knife blade and the proper angle
to achieve the proper edge, although there
are tools and techniques available to make
that job easier and quicker.

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01 Work Sharp
KEN ONION EDITION
KNIFE & TOOL
SHARPENER

Work Sharp has partnered with legendary
Hall of Fame knifemaker, Ken Onion, to
develop a new knife and tool sharpening
platform with expanded features! The
combination of Work Sharp engineering and
Ken Onion’s industrial design has created
a fast, easy and stylish way to sharpen all
your knives and tools with precision and
repeatability. The Ken Onion Edition Knife
& Tool Sharpener is designed to sharpen
every knife you own. Using a fully adjustable
precision sharpening guide, variable speed
and wide flexible abrasive belts, it sharpens
pocket and hunting knives, serrated knives,
kitchen knives and any other shape or type
of blade you own.

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FEATURES:
Motor: 120VAC/1.5 amp
Power Switch: Variable speed; on /off /
momentary
Duty Cycle: 1 hour continuous
Abrasives Included: P120 X65 (P220)
X22 (P1000) X4 (P3000) 6000
Abrasive Size: ¾ x 12-inches
Sharpening Guides: Adjustable, 15° - 30°
Retractable Honing Rod: No
Attachments: Tool grinding attachment,
blade grinding attachment
MSRP: $99
WEBSITE: WorkSharpTools.com

02 Work Sharp
KEN ONION BLADE
GRINDING
ATTACHMENT

If you’re ready to step up your game and
start customizing your knife sharpening,
then you should consider the Blade Grinding
Attachment (add-on) for the Ken Onion
Edition Knife & Tool Sharpener. With five
belts, ranging from P120 to Micro Mesh
P12,000, you can customize any knife you
have with the grind you want. Its four
pulleys allow you to fully adjust your angle
from 10° to 35° in 1-degree increments. With
its simple tool-less attachment design, you
can be using it in no time.

03

THE BLADE GRINDING ATTACHMENT
INCLUDES 1 EACH OF THE FOLLOWING 1X18-INCH BELTS:
• P120
• X4
• X22
• X65
• 12,000
MSRP: $99.95
WEBSITE: WorkSharpTools.com

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ORIGINAL KNIFE AN
TOOL SHARPENER

FEATURES:
• 40-degree kitchen knife guide
• 50-degree outdoor knife guide
• P80 coarse abrasive belts
• P220 medium abrasive belts
• 6000 extra-fine abrasive belts
• Retractable honing rod
• Storage bag
• DVD – Secrets to “Shaving Sharp” Knives
• User’s guide
MSRP: $99
WEBSITE: WorkSharpTools.com

04 Work Sharp
CERAMIC FIELD
HONE - GUIDED
SHARPENING SYSTEM

The Work Sharp Guided Sharpening System
is a complete sharpening solution for every
knife you own. It features the innovative
Pivot-Response System which allows the
abrasive to follow the curve of the blade –
making manual sharpening faster, easier
and more precise than ever.

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FOLLOW US ON

FEATURES:
• 1.25 x 6-inches coarse (320 grit) and fine
(600 grit) diamond sharpening plates
• 17-degree and 20-degree angle guides
• Coarse and fine ceramic hone with built-in
angle guides
• 3 sizes of ceramic rods to sharpen serrations
• Pivot-response technology
• Removable diamond plate holder for
sharpening tools
MSRP: $59
WEBSITE: WorkSharpTools.com

05 Work Sharp
GUIDED FIELD
SHARPENER

The Guided Field Sharpener is a complete
sharpening solution for field, home or shop
use. It is the first angle-guided, 5-stage
sharpening solution designed for sportsmen
who need a complete, robust and compact
field sharpening solution.

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FEATURES:
• 2 Diamond Plates: 1 coarse (220 grit)
for shaping and repairing, and 1 fine (600
grit) for sharpening; plates measure 6 x
1.25-inches
• 2 Ceramic Rods: a 3-position ceramic rod
incorporating coarse grit, fine grit and fish
hook honing sides, plus a smaller diameter,
fine grit serration sharpener
• 1 Leather Strop: conditioned with a
micro-abrasive to finish your blades to a
razor-sharp edge
MSRP: $59
WEBSITE: WorkSharpTools.com KI
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