CRKT 2261 Tecpatl Knife Review

The CRKT 2261 Tecpatl

 

Columbia River Knife and Tool, or CRKT, was established in Oregon in 1994. Their purpose since the beginning was to bring the useful technological advancements to create brand new product concepts for the knife community. During these past two decades, CRKT has followed that purpose and brought many new ground breaking and innovative knives to the world. Their knives are built for everyday carry, for tactical purposes, for hunting and fishing, and even for survival scenarios. Their products are high quality and will be able to meet the demands that you throw at it. CRKT believes that if the knife doesn’t meet the user’s standards, it doesn’t meet their own standards. CRKT uses the most advanced equipment and production systems to manufacture their knifes with efficiency. CRKT believes that everyone should be able to afford to carry the highest quality knives and tools.

During the past two decades, CRKT has collaborated with many famous knife designers and makers. Resulting from these collaborations are not only superior knives, but also innovative features. Some of these features include the IKBS Ball Bearing Pivot System, the OutBurst assist opening mechanism, and the Automated Liner Safety System. When you purchase a CRKT knife, you can know that you are getting an exceptional knife that is ahead of its time. You can be certain that if there is a game changing innovative feature, your knife will probably be rocking it. You are guaranteed that your knife will stand up to the test of time. Any CRKT knife would be a fantastic addition to your collection, and the brand new Tecpatl is no different.

 

CRKT Tecpatl Knife
CRKT Tecpatl Knife

The Blade:

The blade on the Tecpatl is made out of SK5 high carbon steel. SK5 high carbon steels originated in Japan, where they would make a variety of hand tools with it. Some of these hand tools that they have produced with SK5 are chisels and wood cutting saws. This type of steel is one of the highest quality steels for knife blades. This steel is a hard and tough steel. Because there are extra carbides in the metal, the steel has increased abrasion resistance and lets the steel attain an ideal balance of good blade toughness. Because it has such a good balance between hardness and toughness, this type of steel has endured through time in many different cultures. This blade also sports a plain edge, which is easier to sharpen, is better at skinning or peeling, and is great for detail work. Some people are bummed with a plain edge because they feel like a serrated edge would be able to cut through thicker materials, such as rope or thick branches, which is mostly true. However, when you get a plain edge sharp enough, it can almost match what a serrated edge can do.

 

The SK5 steel has been finished with a black powder coating. Coating finishes help to reduce the reflection and glare off of the blade, while also working to recue wear and corrosion. However, all coatings will eventually scratch off, and they will scratch off quicker with lots of use or with heavy use. The powder coating is actually one of the lowest quality blade coatings, so it does have a higher chance of chipping or scratching off sooner than a different coating would.

 

The blade on this knife is an interesting shape. I would probably describe it as a mix between a modified Wharncliffe and a modified Tanto. Both of those blade shapes have a very straight sharpened edge with no curve, but the blade on the Tecpatl does sport a slightly curved belly. The back, or the unsharpened edge of the knife, goes pretty straight and then angles downward sharply to meet the curve to make a tip. With this unique blade you get some of the benefits from a few different types of blade shapes. One of the pros to this blade is that the back is relatively wide and thick. This gives you more strength throughout the knife than you would have with a thinner, less wide blade. Because it is so thick towards the handle, this knife is going to be able to take on heavier tasks and cut through thicker materials. Another benefit of this unique blade shape is that you do have a slight belly. This belly is nothing if you compare it to a drop or clip point blade shape, but compared to Wharncliffe’s or Tanto’s, this knife definitely does have a belly. With the belly, slicing is easier and it makes this knife a good option for everyday tasks. The point on this blade is also going to be tough, because it is a broader tip than you would find, especially when being compared to a clip point blade. While stabbing is going to be a little more challenging, because it is broad, you will be able to stab through harder things, because of the strength behind the tip.

 

The Handle:

The handle on the Tecpatl is made out of stainless steel. Stainless steel has fantastic durability. It is also very resistant to corrosion. However, stainless steel is also a heavier material. You are going to feel this knife when it is put away. Because stainless steel is such a heavy material, knives that are designed to be an everyday carry knife, or even a heavy duty knife, will usually not be made with stainless steel. There is just too much added weight. Another problem with stainless steel is that it is very slippery. To combat the slipperiness, CRKT has added laser markings/etchings, to provide you with the needed friction. These etchings tell a story told through a way inspired by sugar skulls. Another thing that CRKT did to reduce the level of slipperiness was to create a deep finger groove for when you are using it. There is also a pretty big circular hole cut out to put a different finger through. This handle has been designed to be a sugar skull. When you are holding this knife in front of you, with the blade pointed down, this finger holes actually end up looking like eye sockets in a skull. There is a much smaller hole cut out to look like the nose area of a skull.  Since this is a single piece knife, the handle has also been through a black powder coated finish. Because it is perfect for holding in a closed fist, this knife is the perfect knife for slashing or pushing.

 

The Mechanism:

This knife is a fixed blade, which has many advantages to it. For starters, fixed blades are stronger and more durable than folding knives because there are no small or moving parts that can break or rust over. And because of this added strength and durability, fixed blades are the perfect survival tool. Not only can they cut, they can also dig, hammer, and pry if needed. Fixed blades are also easier to maintain. This is because while folding knives have many small parts that are prone to rusting, a fixed blade is what you see. All you have to do is wipe it down and you are good to go. Fixed blades are also excellent for tactical use because they can be brought into play much faster than a folding knife.

 

The Sheath:

The sheath that comes with this knife is a kydex sheath including a spring loaded MOLLE compatible gear clip. Kydex is a modern thermoplastic material that was originally used to make holsters, among other items. Kydex’s biggest advantages is how durable it is. It can stand up to a variety of extreme environments, and even be submerged in salt water and still hold up well. However, there are some disadvantages to having a kydex sheath. One of these is that it has no personality, it is basically just a lump of plastic. Another bummer about kydex is that it is pretty loud when you are unsheathing and putting away your knife. If this doesn’t bother you, then by all means, enjoy the benefits of it. However, if you are trying to conceal yourself, this sheath will give you away; it is that loud. The last drawback to having a kydex sheath is that with repeated drawing of your knife and putting it away, it will start to dull the edge of your knife.

 

The History:

This knife was designed by Michael R. Rodriguez. He designed this knife to be part of the CRKT Forged by War program. He says, “a good combat fighter relies on instinct; a great fighter understands the importance of an ergonomically flawless weapon.” Michael is a veteran, having served 21 years in the United States Army and retiring as a Green Beret. The laser markings are that of a sugar skull to reflect Michaels heritage and his own personal stories and history. On it, there are horns, the Crusader’s Cross, and the Office of Strategic Services Symbol. Michael also served in the 7th Special Forces group, and to commemorate that, he has engraved a 7 just above the blade. The arrow engraving is reminiscent of the crossed arrows of the Special Forces. And lastly, he has had three lightning bolts engraved into the knife, these are two represent the Green Berets and their shoulder patch. Michael believes that even in a world full of sophisticate missiles, there is no reason to skimp on your hand-to-hand combat companion. The Tecpatl should be your first choice for your last resort weapon.

 

The Specs:

The blade on this knife is 3.375 inches long, with a thickness of 0.203 inches long. The overall length of this knife is 5.813 inches long. The handle on the Tecpatl is 2.438 inches long. This knife weighs in at 5.6 ounces.

 

The Pros of the CRKT Tecpatl:

  • The steel chosen for this knife is a great balance between hardness and toughness.
  • The straight edge makes sharpening a breeze.
  • The black powder coating helps reduce reflection and glare, and works to prevent rusting or corrosion.
  • The blade has enough of a belly to be able to slice.
  • The blade is wide and thick, providing you with plenty of strength.
  • The tip is broad, so you do have strength behind it, but it is still sharp, so you can still stab.
  • The stainless steel handle sports plenty of durability and is resistant to corrosion.
  • This is a fixed blade, so it has plenty of strength and is very capable of slashing or pushing.
  • There is a rich history that surrounds this knife, and you can see this history directly on the knife.
  • The kydex sheath is strong, durable, and very resistant to wear.
  • This sheath can survive in a variety of extreme environments, including being immersed in salt water.

 

Cons of the CRKT Tecpatl:

  • The black powder coating on the blade and handle is the most prone out of any coatings finishes to scratch or chip off.
  • The stainless steel handle is going to be slick, even when it is properly texturized.
  • The stainless steel handle does add quite a bit of weight to the knife.
  • This is a fixed blade, so it is harder to conceal than a folding knife.
  • The kydex sheath is noisy, has no personality, and will dull your blade after time.

 

Conclusion:

As a writer, I love a good story. I love the history behind the knives that are on the market. I love knowing why they are the way they are and what the different characteristics mean to the designer. The CRKT Tecpatl has one of the most symbolic and rich histories of any knife that I have reviewed.  You can buy yours here.

CRKT started off with a heavy duty steel that has been used for years as a tool steel in different cultures. The shape that they ground that steel into gives you a variety of different advantages. And the durable handle just helps with the tactical aspect of this knife. This is a durable knife that you will hopefully not have to use, but it should be your first choice for your last resort weapon.

 

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CRKT ChanceinHell Knives Review

Columbia River Knife and Tool company or CRKT was founded in 1994 by Paul Gillespi and Rod Bremer. This American company is known for distinction in design, selection, and quality. For more than 20 years, CRKT has put innovation and integrity first, making a commitment to build products that inspire and endure. They collaborate with the best designers in the world and operate on a simple principle: that the greatest thing they can give their customers is Confidence in Hand.

CRKT produces a wide range of fixed blades and folding knives, multi tools, sharpeners, and carrying systems. They have even collaborated with custom knife makers such as Ken Onion, Harold “Kit” Carson, Allen Elishewitz, Pat Crawford, Liong Mah, Steven James, Greg Lightfoot, Michael Walker, Ron Lake, Tom Veff, Steve Ryan, and the Graham Brothers. CRKT owns fifteen patents and patents pending. Some of these patents include the Outburst assist opening mechanism, the Lock Back Safety mechanism, and the Veff Serrated Edges.

CRKT didn’t truly take off as a company until the Shot Show in 1997. This is when they introduced the K.I.S.S knife (Keep It Super Simple). This knife is a small folder that has been designed by Ed Halligan. Within the opening days of the Shot Show, the entire years’ worth of product was sold out.

 

The Designer:

The Chanceinhell knives were designed by Ken Onion. Ken is considered to be the real deal. He was the youngest ever inductee in the Blade Magazine Hall of Fame in 2008. He is also recognized as one of the most innovative and successful knife designers of all time. In 1996 he created the first commercially successful assisted opening mechanism and 20 years later he unveiled his award winning Field Strip Technology. He is also the designer of the successful Eros folder series as well as the award winning Hi Jinx. It seems to me as if Ken Onion is never at a loss for ideas.

CRKT Hi Jinx
CRKT Hi Jinx

 

The Steel:

The steel that is used on all three of the machetes in this series is 65MN carbon steel. This type of steel was released in the early 2010’s. The steel is a Chinese steel that has been formulated to provide good wear resistance and hardness. The medium high content makes for a high degree of toughness and resilience. The manganese that has been added also works to improve the toughness and resilience as well as improving the hot working characteristics of the steel, making this an excellent candidate for forged sword blades, or machetes. Something unique about this type of steel is that it offers you all of the toughness without the brittleness. Because of this factor, it is one of the top choices of steels for extreme use edged tools, such as multi tools or machetes. The steel on the Chanceinhell series of knives ranks about a 52-56 on the HRC scale.

On all three of the different sized blades, they all have a plain edge. The plain edge is definitely the more traditional edge. It is much easier to sharpen than a serrated edge and you can get a much finer edge on your blade when you do sharpen it. The plain edge excels when there are large slices needed or any push cuts. The serrated edge is mostly used when you are needing to saw through a thicker or tougher material, such as branches or rope. However, when your plain edge is sharp enough, it too can cut through those thicker materials.

 

The Handles:

All three different knives in this series sport the same type of handle. It has a polypropylene core with a thermoplastic rubber over mold. The polypropylene, or PP, is a thermoplastic polymer that can be used in a wide variety of applications. PP has a relatively slippery low energy surface, which means that many common glues will not form adequate joints. To join two portions of PP together, a welding process is usually required. PP was first polymerized in 1951 by a pair of Philips petroleum scientists named Paul Hogan and Robert Banks and later by Italian and German scientists Natta and Rehn. This became prominent extremely fast, as commercial production began barely three years after Italian chemist, Professor Giulio Natta, first polymerized it. Today, it is one of the most commonly used and most versatile plastics in the world.

The over mold on these handles are made out of a thermoplastic rubber. Thermoplastic rubber is a class of copolymers or a physical mix of polymers, usually plastic and rubber. This material consists of materials with both thermoplastic and elastomeric properties. This material shows advantages typical of both rubbery materials and plastic materials. The handles all have the texture of a football, to provide you with a secure grip on your knife in any situation.

There is a deep finger groove as well as a few shallower finger grooves to keep your hand in positon and comfortable. You will be able to use these machetes for long periods of time without getting uncomfortable. For added protection, there is also a large finger guard.

 

The Mechanism:

These are all fixed blade knives, because they are machetes. There is a variety of different benefits to having a fixed blade knife as opposed to a folding blade. For starters, fixed blades can be much larger, which means that they are able to tackle larger tasks. Fixed blades are much easier to maintain, because there are no inner mechanisms that can rust or need maintenance. For the most part, all you have to do is a quick wipe down of the blade and the handle and call it good. And, fixed blades are much less likely to break. This is also due to the fact that there are no inner mechanisms that can break or rust. Plus, everything is beefier on a fixed blade, so there are no fragile spots where the knife meets the handle.

 

The Chanceinhell Machete:

CRKT Chanceinhell Machete
CRKT Chanceinhell Machete

The Finish:

The 65Mn Carbon Steel has been finished with a Bead Blasted finish as well as a powder coating on this knife. The bead blast finish is created by blasting small glass bead at the steel at high pressures. This results in an even gray finish. The blasted finish reduces reflections and glares due to its even matte surface. The blasting creates an increased surface area and micro abrasions on the steel. Because of this, the steel is more prone to rusting and corroding, so you do have to make sure that you are taking the correct precautions and maintaining your blade well.

The powder coating is black on this knife. So this finish also works to reduce the reflections and glares while also protecting the steel from rusting, corroding, and scratches. However, this is a painted on coating, so it is the lowest quality blade coating. This type of coating is the most likely to chip or scratch off.

In the upper corner of the blade, near the handle, CRKT and their logo has been applied.

 

The Specs:

This knife has a blade length of 12 inches long. The Chanceinhell has a blade thickness of 0.1 inches. The overall length of this knife is a whopping 17.88 inches. This is definitely on the beefier side of things and weighs in at 1 pound 4 ounces.

 

The Sheath:

This knife comes with a nylon sheath. This is a more inexpensive option for sheath materials, but they also get worn out quicker. Nylon sheaths are most prone to getting stretched out, so they will continue to work, but the fitting won’t be as snug.  You can order the Ken Onion Chanceinhell Machete here.

 

The Chanceinhell Machete 16”:

CRKT Chanceinhell 16" Machete
CRKT Chanceinhell 16″ Machete

The Finish:

This blade has the black powder coating that the other version does, however, this one does not have the bead blasted finish. Like I previously mentioned, this is one of the least quality coating finishes that you can find, because it will eventually scratch off. However, it does cut down on glares and reflections and does add a nice black color. The black color gives the knife a sleek look and matches the black handle perfectly.

 

The Specs:

The blade length on this knife is 16.063 inches long, with a thickness of 0.102 inches. The overall length of this knife is a 21.813 inches long. The knife weighs in at 1 pound and 4.6 ounces.

 

The Sheath:

The sheath that accompanies the 16” long machete is made out of woven polyester. The sheath has a polypropylene black insert as well as a nylon cord, which is also black.  You can find the 16″ Chanceinhell Machete here.

 

The Chanceinhell Machete 18”:

Chanceinhell Machete
Chanceinhell Machete

The Finish:

This version of the knife also has the black powder coating. Because the entire knife is blackened, this is a great option to choose if you are trying to blend in to the surroundings or conceal yourself. It effectively cuts down on any glares and reflections that might accompany the steel, because it masks it. However, since it is painted on, it will scratch off at some point, and it might also run and not be even. Out of all coatings, this specific type is at the bottom of the barrel.

 

The Specs:

The length of this blade is 18 inches long, with a blade thickness of 0.106 inches. The overall length of this knife tops in at 23.625 inches, which is almost an entire two feet long. This is also the heaviest out of the series of Chanceinhell, weighing in at 1 pound 5.6 ounces.

 

The Sheath:

The sheath that comes with this knife is the same as the 16” version. The sheath is made out of woven polyester in a black color. It sports an insert of black polypropylene and has a black nylon cord.  You can pick up the 18″ Chanceinhell Machete here.

 

The Chanceinhell Survival Kit:

This is the last option that you have to purchase in the Chanceinhell series. This series comes with five different pieces. The Chanceinhell machete, the RSK MK6, the Para Saw, the Spark’N Sharp, and the Nylon CRKT Bag.

 

The RSK MK6:

This is a small pocket knife. The blade on this knife is made out of 8Cr13MoV steel, which is a softer Chinese steel. You can get a very fine edge on this type of steel and it maintains an edge for long periods of time. However, it is an average steel that does not excel at anything. This steel has a plain edge that has a stonewashed finish. This blade is one piece, with a skeletonized handle that has been wrapped in orange paracord. This knife does come with a sheath.

 

The Para-Saw:

This piece that comes with the survival kit is a braided paracord bracelet. However, inside of the bracelet, there is a stainless steel tungsten carbide coated wire saw. This is a Ken Onion design and can work to save your bacon in emergency situations.

 

The Spark’N Sharp:

This tool comes with a lanyard to keep each of the pieces together. This, as the name implies, is a fire starter as well as a field sharpener. The lanyard is a quick release lanyard. This is a multi-tool.

 

The CRKT Nylon Bag:

Not only is this bag the perfect place to keep all of your items that you get with the survival kit, it is also the perfect place to keep your other survival necessities.

 

Conclusion:

CRKT is a fantastic company that has earned a reputation over the past twenty years. You know that when you purchase a knife from this company, you know that you are purchasing a product that will last with you through the ages.

The Chanceinhell series sports three different versions of a machete. These are quality, durable machetes that started out with a very durable steel. The steel that was chosen is used on knives and tools that have to undergo heavy usage. The handles on these machetes are just as durable, and because it is a fixed blade, maintenance is a breeze. You can get a 12-inch-long version, a 16-inch-long version, or an 18-inch-long version. You have a final option in the series, which is the survival kit, which includes one of the machetes as well as a variety of other tools. Get yours today at BladeOps.

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Seven Fantastic Hunting Knives

When searching for a hunting knife, the options are expansive. Every knife claims to be the best option for you and your hunting trip. So how do you make the call on which one will work perfectly for you? Today I’ve compiled a list of the seven best hunting knives that you can buy. I’ll go over what makes them unique and great, but I’ll also talk about the cons to the knife. By the end of this list you should have a great idea on which knife you will actually want to buy. Let’s get started.

 

The CRKT Onion Skinner:

This knife actually made my list of the 8 best fishing knives as well, that’s how great this knife is. Ken Onion, who designed this knife, created it at and sent it with some hunters into the Alaskan wilderness. After they came back and reported what they liked and didn’t like about this knife, he redesigned it to create the best possible knife that he can offer. This knife is a very unique knife, especially when compared to other hunting knives: it has a spear point, it has a hump on the dorsal side, and the blade is 3.75 inches long. The hump works to make skinning your animal easier than ever before. The blade is made out of Bohler K110 stainless steel, which helps the knife stand up to challenges for a very long time. The handle is built with a glass-field nylon core covered with a soft textured grip. The handle sports a deep finger choil; this helps to keep your grip strong even when things get wet or messy.

Advantages of the CRKT Onion Skinner:

  • Deep finger choil helps keep your grip strong.
  • The Bohler K110 stainless steel is very durable.
  • Went through an extreme field test before it was redesigned and released to the public.
  • The hump that the blade sports makes skinning your animal easier than ever.
  • The 3.75-inch blade is perfect for almost any game.

Disadvantages of the CRKT Onion Skinner:

  • The included sheath is less than quality.
  • It is an un-traditional hunting knife, so it might take some getting used to.

 

The Buck Model 110 Hunting Knife

This style of knife has been made since 1962 and has sold over 15 million copies. This blade is also 3.75 inches, but the Model 110 is made out of 420HC stainless steel. This steel keeps its edge for a very long time. The blade sports a clip point silhouette. Because it is made by Buck, you also get a lifetime warranty with purchase of your knife. The look of this knife is more aesthetically pleasing than some of your other options, with the handle made out of Dymonwood wood with brass bolsters. However, because of this, you do lose some of your handle grip. While this is a folding knife, it boasts a lockback mechanism to ensure your safety. However, this knife can be considered a little bit on the heavier side, weighing in at 7.2 ounces and being 8.63 inches overall.

Advantages of the Buck Model 110 Hunting Knife:

  • The 3.75-inch blade is the perfect size for a hunting knife.
  • The 420HC stainless steel keeps its edge for a long time without too much maintenance.
  • Comes with the standard Buck Lifetime Warranty.
  • Has a lockback mechanism to keep you and your fingers safe.
  • Aesthetically pleasing with a classic look.
  • Has been in production since 1962 and sold over 15 million copies—it has to be a tried and trusted knife.

Disadvantages of the Buck Model 110 Hunting Knife:

  • There isn’t as much handle grip as you would find on a different hunting knife.
  • This knife is a little bit bulkier than most weighing 7.2 ounces and measuring 8.63 inches overall.

 

The Spyderco Bill Moran Drop Point Hunting Knife:

This knife’s blade is a little bit longer than the previous two, measuring at 3.88 inches. The blade is a drop point blade that is made out of VG-10 stainless steel. The blade has a flat grind, with only a single bevel. This single bevel/flat grind combo work to reduce weight, but adding to the knives cutting ability. It also adds strength to the blade, giving it the needed durability to cut through meat and skin an animal easily. However, this knife is not a full tang knife, so while it is a durable knife, it isn’t ideal for the heavy duty tasks thrown its way. The oversized handle is made out of an FRN and Kraton combination. The size of the handle works to give you the best grip by feeling the knife handle was specifically made for you. While this was designed to be a hunting knife, many people carry this knife as their every-day-carry knife, because it’s just that good.

Advantages of the Spyderco Bill Moran Drop Point Hunting Knife:

  • Sports an oversized handle to give you the best grip offered.
  • It has a flat grind and a single bevel reduce weight but add to the knives cutting ability.
  • Has the durability to cut through raw meat and skin an animal easily.
  • Ideal for hunting, great for every-day-carrying.

Disadvantages of the Spyderco Bill Moran Drop Point Hunting Knife:

  • Not strong enough to stand up to the heavy duty tasks.
  • Not a full tang knife.

 

The Puma Skinner Stag Handle:

This blade is the longest one on the list yet, measuring at 4.7 inches of 440A German manufactured steel. This steel is heavy duty steel, but still is a lighter steel, getting you the best of both worlds. It also has a fantastic balance of toughness, durability, and hardness, which is a hard balance to achieve. The scaled handle is made out of stag handles with brass finger guards to help protect you against cuts. The knife comes with a leather sheath that has a brass lanyard hole. However, the handle has been considered a thicker handle, so it’s ideal for people with bigger hands, while smaller hands can lose some of their grip while using this knife. The knife has a classier/rugged look to it. Along with the knife, you get the Puma limited time guarantee.

Advantages of the Puma Skinner Stag Handle:

  • The knife has a great balance of toughness, durability, and hardness.
  • Has a longer blade than other options on the market.
  • Looks classy, yet still rugged.
  • The handle has finger guards to help protect you against cuts.
  • Comes with a limited time guarantee.

Disadvantages of the Puma Skinner Stag Handle:

  • The handle is considered to be too thick at times, making it better for people with larger hands.
  • Not as much grip as some of the other hunting knives offered.

 

The Ka-Bar Becker BK2 Campanion Fixed Blade Knife:

This is a fixed blade that measures up with a 5.5-inch blade and 10.5 inches overall. The blade is a drop point made out of 1095 cro-van steel. The blade is very sturdy and extremely sharp, perfect for skinning. The blade is much thicker than expected, which while it adds to the knife’s weight, it does help it stand up to hunting and heavy duty use for longer periods of time. This knife has been used by many not just for hunting, but also a fantastic survival and camping knife. The handle of this knife is made out of Grivory, which provides a solid grip. This knife weighs in at a hefty 1.5 pounds, much heavier than the average hunting knife. This knife is one of the more versatile hunting knives on the market and definitely gets my stamp of approval.

Advantages of the Ka-Bar Becker BK2 Campanion Fixed Blade:

  • Extremely thick blade, making it durable and long lasting.
  • Very sharp, perfect for skinning.
  • The Grivory handle provides a solid grip.
  • This knife is great for hunting, camping, survival, and almost any other task that you can think of.

Disadvantages of the Ka-Bar Becker BK2 Campanion Fixed Blade:

  • This is a much heavier knife at a solid 1.5 pounds.

 

The Fallkniven H1z:

Fallkniven is a fantastic brand all around and the H1z does not break that mold. This is hefty knife at 8.1 inches long. The blade of this knife is 4 inches long, made out of laminated VG-10 steel. This steel is practically made for hunting and can cut through any meat that you require of it. The knife is truly designed just for hunting and excels at skinning and dressing. A unique aspect of this knife is that the blade is made from two different steels: the inner steel is a sturdier steel that is coated in a softer steel. This sounds like a strange thing to do, but it balances the blade’s hardness and its flexibility. The handle is built out of Thermorun that is textured to provide stellar grip even when things get wet or messy. The “z” in the name stands for the Zytel sheath that is included with your purchase of this knife.

Advantages of the Fallkniven H1z:

  • This is a hefty knife.
  • Designed strictly for a hunting knife, excelling at skinning and dressing your game.
  • The blade is made out of two different types of steel—creating the perfect balance between hardness and flexibility.
  • The textured handle provides fantastic grip.

Disadvantages of the Fallkniven H1z:

  • This knife does not have finger guards, which can be dangerous at times.
  • Really does not do well at anything other than hunting purposes

 

The Havalon Piranta Edge Folding Knife:

This knife sports a flat ground clip point blade that measure as 2.75 inches. The blade is made out of surgical stainless steel and this knife comes with 12 replaceable blades. This is so that if you are out in the field and trying to work quickly, you won’t have to waste time sharpening your blade, you can just switch it out with another super sharp blade. This knife is made by a company that is actually known for making surgical instruments, so you can trust the sharpness of the blade and the ability to cut. The blade is designed for skinning and will give you clean cuts, no jagged edges, ensuring you with higher quality meat. However, this knife is really only made for skinning and doesn’t do well breaking through bones, if you twist it, or if you torque it. The handle of this knife is made out of ABS plastic in either hunter-orange or a camo design. The handle is extremely grippy, making sure you have a steady hand to make the best cuts possible. The knife is crazy light, weighing in at only 2 ounces overall. This is a great knife to have with you during all your hunting escapades and it won’t weigh you down.

Advantages of the Havalon Piranta Edge Folding Knife:

  • This knife comes with 12 replaceable blades, guaranteeing you with an always sharp knife.
  • These replacement blades are extremely sharp blades.
  • Excels at cutting, giving you extremely clean cuts.
  • The handle is super grippy, guaranteeing you with a solid grip at all times.
  • This knife is extremely light, weighing only 2 ounces.

Disadvantages of the Havalon Piranta Edge Folding Knife:

  • This knife is only made for skinning.
  • This knife will not hold up to breaking through bones, twisting, whittling, prying, or torqueing.

 

Conclusion:

There are an insane number of hunting knives on the market today and they all claim to be the best hunting knife for you. But no knife can be the best knife for everyone. Each knife excels at something and falls short in a category. To make the shopping and researching process easier for you, I compiled a list of the seven best hunting knives; I tried to find knives that excelled at the most amount of things and fell short in the fewest things. Now that you have taken a look at this list, you will be able to go out and figure out which hunting knife will compliment you and your hunting task in the best possible way. Happy shopping and happier hunting.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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The 7 Knives Every Kitchen Needs

A little while back I compiled a list of the best chef’s knives, but today I thought I would go over what styles of knives I think every kitchen should have, a brief description of each, and what they are good for. In my opinion, I think every home kitchen should have these basic 7 knives: a chef’s knife, a paring knife, a serrated knife, a boning knife, a cleaver, a utility knife, and a honing steel. With these options you will be able to do and create any food masterpiece with ease.

Spyderco Santuko
Spyderco Santuko

The Chef’s or Cooks Knife:

For starters, every single kitchen should have a chef’s knife. These are some of the most versatile knives in the kitchen and can really stand up to most tasks. If you could only have one style of knife in your kitchen, I would recommend that you choose this style. The best size for a chef’s knife is usually between 8 to 10 inches long, which does seem a little bit long especially to newbies in the kitchen. However, with the extra length comes extra efficiency and more versatility. Plus, the longer the blade is, the faster you can cut with it. However, chef’s knives also come in 6 and 12 inches, the smaller the blade is the more control you can have over it. Chef’s with smaller hands should go for one of the smaller sized blades. Commonly found on chef’s knives is a broad blade that has a gentle curve upward toward the tip, because this allows it to rock which helps for mincing. A spine on the perfect chef’s knife should be thick because the thicker the spine, the more durable the blade is. Another great thing to look for on your chef’s knife is a bolster, which is the metal collar that sits between the blade and the handle. Not all chef’s knives have a bolster, but a bolster prevents the knife from slipping. Chef’s knives can seem expensive at first look, however, when purchasing a quality chef’s knife, they will last for years and years. Chef’s knives pay themselves off in the long run.

Best for:

  • Slicing
  • Dicing
  • Chopping
  • Mincing
  • Great for using on vegetables, fruits, meats, and fish.

Not to be used for:

  • Skinning large vegetables.
  • Butchering or carving meats.
  • The length and broadness of the chef’s knife does not make it ideal for cramped tasks, where you’re better off with a smaller style of knife.

 

The Paring Knife:

Paring knives are designed for intricate tasks because they have a thin blade of 3 to 4 inches that tapers to a point. They can be used for these more intricate tasks because the user has much more control over them than they would by using a larger knife. However, paring knives can be used for many of the basic utility tasks in the kitchen, just as the chef’s knife can be. These are ideal for cutting garlic and small berries, for peeling fruits and vegetables, and for slicing smaller food items. Unlike the chef’s knife, the paring knife comes in many different styles, so we’ll go over the most common styles of paring knives.

The Boning Paring:

This style is mainly used to remove meat from the bones of what you are working with. Plus, it is great for other detailed cutting jobs.

The Wavy Edge:

This type of paring knife works great to cut things that have an outer layer and then are soft on the inside, such as tomatoes.

The Clip Point or Granny:

This style of paring knife excels at removing eyes from potatoes, pits from olives, and are great for peeling fruit and vegetables.

The Chef’s:

This is really just a tiny chef’s knife and can be used for the same things that a chef’s knife can be used for.

The Bird’s Beak:

I would say this is the most unique style of paring knife, because instead of the regular tip, it has an extreme trailing point tip. This style is great for peeling round fruit and for precise carving.

The Sheep’s Foot:

Lastly, this style has a straight cutting blade. This one is perfect for peeling or paring food.

 

Really a simple paring knife would be able to complete most of these tasks just as well as the special paring knives. I would only get one of the special styles if I was a trained chef. But there they are just in case. You can find a good paring knife for much less than a chef’s knife, so there is no need to splurge on this style.

Best for:

  • Peeling
  • Trimming
  • Slicing, especially the smaller fruits and vegetables, such as garlic and berries.
  • Food that needs intricate detail.
  • Coring foods

Not to be used for:

  • Harder vegetables, because the knife doesn’t carry enough weight behind it to actually slice the food without applying too pressure.

 

The Serrated or Bread Knife:

The serrated knife is most commonly known as the bread knife, because it does excel at cutting bread. However, limiting this knife to only bread does it a great injustice. Because the serrations can grip surfaces so well instead of squishing them or digging in, this style of knife is great for slippery and waxy foods, such as tomatoes, peppers, and citrus. When using a serrated knife, use a sawing motion instead of a chopping motion. This style of knife is best on larger food, because the blade is longer than a paring knife, it is not ideal for berries, herbs, and garlic. You can find serrated blades between 5 and 10 inches long, but one of the most common is a 6-inch-long serrated knife. Because serrations make the knife harder to sharpen than a straight edge, many chefs’ will choose to spend less on each serrated knife and just buy new ones more often. But, serrated knives should stay sharp for years if you treat them right.

Best for:

  • Bread
  • Waxy or slippery foods such as tomatoes, peppers, and citrus.
  • Larger food sizes.

Not to be used for:

  • Smaller foods, because the long blade does not give you the control you need.
  • Never use a chopping motion, always saw with this knife.

 

The Boning Knife:

This knife is ideal for boning fish, poultry, and meat. It also excels at cutting up those meats. A good boning knife should be able to perform on truly any size of meat. This is a unique knife because it has a narrow blade that curves inward that allows you to control the knife perfectly while removing meat from the bones. The blade should be around 5 or 6 inches. While most knives are made to cut in straight lines, bones are not always straight and you have to have a knife that can accommodate those bones. A boning knife is a little more flexible than a regular knife so that it does give and flex when needed. The smaller the meat, the more flexible the knife can be, but the larger the meat cut, the less flexible you are going to want you blade. But, a boning knife is not meant to cut through a bone and will not be able to accomplish that unscathed. It can cut through joints and cartilage. Just like the paring knife, there are a few different options when purchasing a boning knife.

Narrow Boning Knife:

This is best used for rips or chops because it can easily cut around bone and through the cartilage.

Wide Boning Knife:

This style excels at meats such as chicken and pork.

Curved Boning Knife:

This style of boning knife is extra curved and works best for when you need to cut at an angle or super close to the bone.

Boning knives aren’t generally too expensive, but if you know that you are going to be using your boning knife often and for heavier duty meats, then I would recommend spending a bit more to get a high quality boning knife that will stand up to the challenge and last longer.

Best for:

  • Removing the bones out of any slab of meat.
  • Cutting through tendons and cartilage.
  • Any task that needs precision cutting and a more flexible blade.

Not to be used for:

  • Actually cutting directly through the bone.

 

The Cleaver:

The typical size for a cleaver is around 6 inches long, but it always has a wide, rigid blade. The blade is usually heavy to provide the weight and balance needed for the cleavers tasks. The cleaver is ideal for cutting through tough food, such as firm vegetables or meat bones, with a chopping motion. The blade is not meant for slicing because of its size. Also, the flat part of the blade can be used for smashing ingredients such as garlic, or pulverizing the meat that you are working with. There are meat cleavers and vegetable cleavers. The vegetable cleavers will usually have a finer blade because the food that it is chopping through is not as tough. Often times, there will be a hole at the top of the blade that is for hanging up the knife to store it.

Best for:

  • Chopping through meat bones.
  • Chopping through meats.
  • Chopping through firmer vegetables.
  • Smashing garlic or seeds.
  • Pulverizing meat.

Not to be used for:

  • Slicing your ingredients.
  • Tasks that need a delicate hand or intricate cuts.

 

The Utility Knife:

This knife is sometimes known as a Sandwich Knife, because it is perfect for slicing sandwich meats. This knife is slightly smaller than the chef’s knife, ranging from 4 to 7 inches long, but it is just as versatile as a chef’s knife. It falls right in between the chef’s knife and the paring knife and really gives you the best of both worlds. It is large enough to use on most things that the chef’s knife can be used for such as apples and squashes. But, it is small enough that it can still be used for garlic, small fruits and vegetables, and herbs. You can find utility knives with either straight or serrate edges. A straight edge blade can typically do more; however, you will have to sharpen it more often. The serrated edge won’t be able to do as many tasks, but it will stay sharper for longer. These knives are really great for all the everyday kitchen tasks, but if you have a chef’s knife and a paring knife, the utility knife is not a necessary purchase.

Best for:

  • Medium sized vegetables and fruits.
  • Smaller food such as herbs or garlic.
  • Ideal for sandwich meats, which is why it is sometimes known as a Sandwich Knife.
  • Can be used for everyday kitchen tasks.

Not to be used for:

  • Larger or heavy duty tasks.
  • Super small tasks, such as berries.

 

The Honing Steel:

This is the only item on my list that isn’t actually a knife. However, the honing steel is really an essential tool for every home chef. What a honing steel does is works to smoothen and realign the teeth on the blade. This keeps your knives at their sharpest for the longest time possible. When a knife is sharper, you are going to get cleaner cuts than if you were working with a dull knife. It is recommended that knives should be honed after every single use, so having a honing steel close by is truly essential. However, honing a knife doesn’t actually sharpen it, so you will still need to get your knives sharpened every so often. A honing steel should not be used on any serrated edged knife, because the serrated edge won’t allow you to glide across this tool. Often times, if you purchase a knife set, a honing steel will come with it. On the off chance that yours did not include a honing steel, or you have lost yours, you can buy them separately.

Best for:

  • Using after every knife use.
  • Straight edged blades.

Not to be used for:

  • Any serrated edged blade, because the serrations won’t glide smoothly across the honing steel.

 

Conclusion:

While there are tons of different styles of kitchen knives, a solid kitchen really only needs these seven. If you have all seven of these knives, you should be able to accomplish any kitchen task. Happy cooking.

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Eight Great Fishing Knives

When choosing a great fishing knife, the amount of options can feel overwhelming. Many knives claim to be the best fishing knife on the market, so how can you decipher which one is actually the best? I’ve compiled a list of the best fishing knives on the market to make your shopping experience easier for you. I’ll go through the top eight best fishing knives and the advantages and disadvantages of each.

 

Wusthof Grand Prix II 7-Inch Fillet Knife:

This one makes my list because of many characteristics that it has. For starters, the Grand Prix II sports a narrow blade that makes it a fantastic option for any precision cutting that you will have to do. The blade is designed specifically for de-boning. It is made out of high-carbon stainless steel, which is great for fishing because you are going to be around water and other fluids often. The high-carbon stainless steel has superior strength. The blade comes extremely sharp and is very durable, meaning that you will be able to use this blade on thicker, tougher materials and it will keep its sharp edge for longer. Plus, the handle has a pebbled texture, which works to give you great grip when filleting larger fish and for when it gets wet. When purchasing this knife, it comes with a manufacturer lifetime warranty. The knife also comes with a sheath, which is a quality sheath, but hasn’t stood up to everything that the blade can.

Pros of the Grand Prix II 7-Inch:

  • This blade is extremely sharp and durable, meaning you won’t have to constantly maintain it.
  • The handle sports a pebbled texture, providing stellar grip.
  • The blade has crazy strength and can be used on any meat, not just fish.
  • Comes with a lifetime warranty when purchased.
  • The narrow blade makes precision cutting easy.
  • Under 100 dollars, making it a great product and not hard on the wallet.

Cons of the Grand Prix II 7-Inch:

  • The included sheath isn’t as quality as the knife is.

 

SOG Tomcat 3.0 Specialty Knife S95-N

The Tomcat 3.0 won the overall knife of the year in 1988, this wasn’t for nothing. This knife has been around for years and it has been pleasing people throughout all these years. The tomcat has a straight edge that ends in a clip point. It is a 3.75 inch folding blade. Because of the clip point, it is an ideal option for fishing because you can easily pierce into the flesh of the fish. The blade is finished in satin, which works to create a more durable blade for you. The handle is made out of kraton, which is a synthetic substitute for rubber. This means that it has fantastic grip, even when in the messiness of gutting a fish. Something unique about the Tomcat is that it has a safety feature called the Arc-lock, which means it can be locked open. The knife also comes with a black nylon sheath that sports a hook and loop for safety. This knife is on the more expensive side of things.

Pros of the SOG Tomcat:

  • Has a satin finish that adds to the durability of the blade.
  • The handle is kraton, giving you great grip during the whole process.
  • Sports the Arc-lock for safety.
  • Comes with a nylon sheath.
  • Won the overall knife of the year in 1988.

Cons of the SOG Tomcat:

  • Is a more expensive option for your fishing knife.

 

Camillus Cuda Bolt:

The Camillus Cuda Bolt is an 8.75-inch blade that is treated in carbonitride titanium. This is a stainless steel titanium blade, so you can use this knife for all your fishing needs without having to worry about it rusting or corroding. The carbonitride will not flake, blister, chip, or peel. And Camillus says that with this treatment, the blade is 10x harder than the untreated blade would be. This also means that the blade will stay sharper for longer periods of time. This knife has a liner lock. The handle of The Camillus Cuda Bolt is a TPR Rubber handle, which ensures that you will have a fantastic grip throughout your entire experience with the knife. With the purchase of this knife, you also get a lifetime warranty.

Pros of the Camillus Cuda Bolt:

  • With the carbonitride titanium treatment, the blade is 10x stronger.
  • The treatment will not flake, blister, chip, peel, rust, or corrode.
  • The blade stays sharp for long periods of time.
  • The handle is a rubber handle, guaranteeing you a great grip.
  • The knife features a liner lock.
  • Lifetime warranty with purchase of the knife.

Cons of the Camillus Cuda Bolt:

  • This knife does not have a very modern look.

 

CRKT Ken Onion Skinner:

This is one of the smaller options for your fishing knife; the blade is 3.75 inches long. The Ken Onion Skinner only weighs 3.7 ounces, so it is very light, easy to use, and easy to carry with you everywhere you go. The steel is made from K110, which is considered to be a high quality steel. The blades edge is extremely sharp, making it easy to skin your fish, while the blade is a spear point, which makes it easy to slice into any of your meats. What makes this knife unique is the thick spine that it sports and the large belly that it has, both of those features making it a more durable and easy to use knife. The handle is a softer, textured handle made out of TPR over a Zytel center, giving you a fantastic grip.

Pros of the CRKT Ken Onion Skinner:

  • This is a very light knife, making it easy to have with you wherever you go.
  • This knife sports a big belly, making it easy to slice.
  • The Ken Onion Skinner has a thick spine, providing extra durability.
  • The handle is softer than most, but still provides an excellent grip.
  • The blade is made out of a high quality steel.
  • The spear point silhouette makes it easy to slice into any of your meats.
  • The blade can be super sharp.

Cons of the CRKT Ken Onion Skinner:

  • This is a smaller option, so you don’t have as much blade to work with.
  • This knife does lean towards the expensive side of the chart.

 

Buck Clearwater Fillet Knife:

This knife comes with either a 6-inch or 9-inch blade. The blade is made out of 12C27MOD Sandvik steel. The blade is actually pretty flexible, which is an important component of a good fillet knife. The pointed tip is designed to make for easier entry cuts. This blade is extremely sharp and if you aren’t careful, it can actually be dangerous to yourself. But, the handle is heavily textured and rubberized which provides a superior grip, even while wet and/or covered in other fluids or guts. On the back end of the handle there is backside edging so that you can break down fish or other meats. The Buck Clearwater Fillet Knife is designed to excel in both fresh water and salt water.

Pros of the Buck Clearwater Fillet Knife:

  • The blade’s pointed tip is designed for easier entry cuts.
  • The heavily textured handle provides excellent grip.
  • This knife boasts backside edging, to break down fish if needed.
  • This knife excels in both salt water and fresh water, making it very versatile.
  • The Clearwater Fillet knife comes in two different lengths.
  • The blade is very flexible.
  • The blade is very sharp and durable, staying sharp for longer periods of time.

Cons of the Buck Clearwater Fillet Knife:

  • The knife can be considered dangerously sharp at times.

 

Buck Silver Creek Knife:
This fillet knife is a folding knife, with a titanium coated blade that measures 6.5 inches. Because of the titanium coating, the blade is extra durable and is designed with added flexibility in mind. The titanium coating also helps with anti-corrosion properties. The blade is extra slim to help it go through the meat and bones that you need it to. The Silver Creek knife is designed to stay extra sharp through long periods of use; many people will attest to the fact that it does stay sharper for longer than most other fishing and fillet knives. This knife is considered to be a medium sized fillet knife. The handle of this blade is soft with a rubberized anti-slip grip. Because it is a folding knife and fillet knife, which is a hard combination to nail, Buck has added a mid-lock back design to make sure that the blade doesn’t accidentally close while you are in the middle of using it. This knife comes with a lifetime guarantee. However, this knife has not been known to excel in salt water.

Pros of the Buck Silver Creek Knife:

  • This knife stays sharper for longer than other fishing and fillet knives.
  • The Silver Creek comes with a lifetime guarantee.
  • Buck has mastered the combination of folding and fillet knives.
  • The folding joint never gets loose.
  • The blade’s titanium coating adds an anti-corrosion element to the blade.
  • The blade is extra slim and flexible.
  • The handle has a rubberized grip to help you not slip during the messiest of jobs.

Cons of the Buck Silver Creek Knife:

  • This knife is not recommended for salt water jobs.

 

Rapala Fish’n Fillet Knife:

The Rapala Fish’n Fillet Knife can come in 4, 6, or 7-inches of Swedish stainless steel. This blade is very attractive, yet still boasts all of the greater characteristics that you are looking for when searching for a fishing knife. The knife sports a very slender blade, which is able to do precision work when filleting your fish. This blade also has high properties of corrosion resistance. The edge of Fish’n Fillet knife can hold an extremely sharp edge. The handle of this knife is made out of reinforced birch varnished handle; looking aesthetically pleasing, yet still giving the user a great grip to be able to get the dirty work done. Unfortunately, the handle of this knife is on the shorter side.

Pros of the Rapala Fish’n Fillet Knife:

  • The blade of this knife is very slender, making precision work easier.
  • The blade sports an extremely sharp edge.
  • The blade has anti-corrosion properties.
  • The knife is one of the classier looking fishing knives on the market today.
  • The handle is birch, which looks fantastic, yet still gives a good grip.

Cons of the Rapala Fish’n Fillet Knife:

  • The knife has a much shorter handle than other options on the market.

 

Dexter-Russell 8 Inch Fillet Knife:
The blade of the Dexter-Russel 8 Inch Fillet Knife is made out of high-carbon stainless steel. This straight edge blade is a little bit stiffer than your other fillet knife options though. The blade is very easy to sharpen and features corrosion resistant properties. The whole knife measures at 13.25 inches. The handle is a soft grip handle with a Grip-Text seal where the handle and the blade meet. This seal helps make it easier to keep clean. This knife comes with a poly sheath to keep it safely until the next time you need to use it. This knife is a great option for a low cost.

Pros of the Dexter-Russel 8 Inch Fillet Knife:

  • The blade is corrosion resistant.
  • The blade is very easy to sharpen.
  • There is a seal where the handle and the blade meet to help keep your knife clean.
  • The handle has great grip.
  • This knife comes with a poly sheath.
  • This is a cheap option.

Cons of the Dexter-Russel 8 Inch Fillet Knife:

  • The blade is stiffer than some of your other fillet knife options.

 

Conclusion:

While there are so many different options on the market for your next fishing knife, some are definitely better than others. This article compiles the 8 best fishing knives out there to help make your purchase and decision easier. Each of these 8 have their own advantages and disadvantages, so before purchasing, make sure you know what your task will require of your knife.

 

 

 

 

 

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Great Throwing Knives

Black Ronin Throwing Knife
Black Ronin Throwing Knife

Today we are going to go over the best throwing knives, but for starters, what is a throwing knife? A throwing knife is a knife that has been specifically designed and weighted so that it can be thrown to the best ability. These are their very own genre of knives. These knives are used throughout the world and in many cultures and because of that, many different techniques have developed on how to throw them. Because of this, there are different styles of throwing knives to best compliment that style of throwing.

These knives are used in sport, defensive uses, entertainment, and as an art. Learning to throw these knives can benefit you in a variety of ways, one of them being for your entertainment purposes. When you are first getting into throwing knives, you should not buy a variety of different lone knives. You need to get used to throwing just one style, shape, and size of a knife before you branch out and purchase a variety of throwing knives. These knives are also great for outdoors men and hunters, because you can defend yourself from a distance. No matter what the reason is, a good set of throwing knives will do wonders.

While shopping for good throwing knives, you should be looking for sharp blades, with an extra sharp tip. When the sides are duller, the knife is going to be able to go further. You should be looking for a knife that has excellent balance—to find this out, you are probably just going to have to trust the reviews. You should be looking for a handle that isn’t going to break easily. Plus, the design of the handle is what determines how well the knife will throw and how far they will go. A great option for handle materials is wood, because they offer great grip. However, wood is also more prone to breaking.

Today I am going to go over some of the most popular throwing knives and/or knife sets on the market today.

 

The Gil Hibben Cord Grip Throwing Knife:

Gil Hibben is a fantastic brand, really you can’t go wrong when purchasing throwing knives from them. When purchasing one of their throwing knives, you can expect quality knives. Gil Hibben actually worked for Browning knife company during the 1960’s, so he does know what he is talking about. If you are first looking for throwing knives, these are a great option, because they are high quality, but still a pretty inexpensive option.

The blade on these knives are 4.25 inches long made out of 420 J2 stainless steel, which is actually a steel that is commonly used on higher quality knives. This steel is actually used in lots of surgical instruments because it is very sharp and has high corrosion resistance properties. This makes it a great option for throwing knives as well, because it is going to stay sharp. And, it won’t require too much maintenance. It can take on the tasks that you throw at this steel and because of that, this knife can take on the tasks that you throw at it.

The handle on this knife is 4.375 inches long, making this a perfectly balanced knife. This balance lets you produce a uniform throw every time. To give you fantastic grip, the handle has non-slip tensile cord wrapped around them.

Each of these knives come with a top grade black nylon sheath. The overall length of this knife is 8.625 inches long and weighs 6.4 ounces. This weight would be too light if you were a professional thrower, but these are an excellent option for beginners, because you can develop your own throwing style. Because these are for beginners, you probably won’t want to be using these forever, you are going to want to upgrade over time. These knives are full black knives—the blade, handle, and cord around the handle. This comes in a set of three knives.

Pros:

  • These are fantastic options for beginner knife throwers.
  • Gil Hibben is a fantastic brand of knives.
  • This is a great steel option.
  • The blade and handle are perfectly balanced, making it easier for you to throw.
  • The handles are wrapped in cord, giving you a great grip.

Cons:

  • Not a good option if you are experienced.
  • Too light for professionals.

 

The Smith and Wesson SWTK10CP Throwing Knife:

Smith & Wesson Throwers
Smith & Wesson Throwers

Smith and Wesson makes fantastic military grade knives. These throwing knives are no different, but they are primarily for the experts who know what they are doing.

The blade on these knives are five inches long made out of 2Cr13 High Carbon steel. This is a very strong steel. It can also get extremely sharp; these knives are designed to really hurt whatever is in front of the tip. The shape of these blades are a duel edged spear point. The tip and sides are all sharp and strong. Because of the cut-outs, the true middle of this knife is actually higher than you would expect. It does take a few minutes before you can throw accurately.

The handle portion is 5 inches long, so it seems like it would be perfectly balanced between the handle and the blade. However, there are cut outs in the handle, on the blade, and in the middle of the two. People have been reporting that these knives are actually blade heavy. The handle is very flat and smooth.

These knives come with a nylon sheath that holds all three in a waterfall, or cascading, look. The sheath actually comes with a belt loop which comes in handy when you need them quickly or need to a place to put them before you are using them.

This set is pretty inexpensive. It will work for beginners, but they are mainly targeted towards the experts. The overall length of these knives are 10 inches long. They weigh in at 7.03 ounces, so these are heavier than your average throwing knife. But, once you get used to the weight behind them, you will be able to throw them farther and with more force than other throwing knives. These knives come in a set of three. These would be a fantastic option if you are really looking to inflict damage.

Pros:

  • The steel is very strong.
  • The steel is very sharp.
  • The spear point tip is not going to break.
  • Comes with a nylon sheath with a handy belt loop.
  • Great for experts.
  • Heavier, so you can do more damage than with a lighter knife.

Cons:

  • Not great for beginners.
  • The balance of these knives take a little bit of getting used to.
  • These knives are heavy, so it does take a while to get used to.

 

The United Cutlery UC2772 Expendables Kunai Throwing Knife:

This knife is known for going distances. This knife really took off when Jason Statham used it in the movies The Expendables. However, United Cutlery was popular long before that.

The blade on this knife is made out of AUS-8 stainless steel, which is a fantastic steel option. This steel is rust-resistant, which means that your knife is going to last for longer than other throwing knives. This blade has a very unique design. The edges on this blade are actually made duller so that the knives have momentum while the knife is being launched. But, because the edges are duller, it is very important that the tip is crazy sharp and pointed. Because of how sharp it is, it can easily stab through whatever the target happens to be.

The handle of a throwing knife is where the good ones get set apart from the great ones. This handle is a great one. The butt end of the handle sports a finger ring that helps with drawing the knife and it gives you more control when you are fighting in cramped or close areas. The finger ring also helps to cut down on wind resistance while they are in the air. The handle is wrapped in nylon cord to help provide you with grip.

These knives come with a nylon belt sheath that sports a leg strap and belt loop. This way, you can keep it on your hip for easy access or you can have them safely tucked away on your legs.

The overall length of this knife is 12 inches long and it is perfectly balanced, helping get you uniform throws. These knives each weigh 8 ounces, so you are going to have more weight behind your throws. The weight behind the throws help get them farther when you throw them. These knives come in a set of three.

Pros:

  • The AUS 8 steel makes for a fantastic steel option.
  • The steel is rust resistant, so it takes less maintenance to keep up on them.
  • The tip is crazy sharp, and will easily pierce through whatever you throw these at.
  • There is a finger ring to help with control and quick access.
  • Nylon wrapped handle provides you with better grip.
  • Comes with a nylon sheath.
  • Perfectly balanced.

Cons:

  • People have reported the cord coming off easily.
  • Some people have issues with these knives breaking.

 

The United cutlery GH2033 Gil Hibben Throwing Knife:

These knives are built more the more professional and experienced knife thrower. These knives are considered to be some of the highest quality, top end throwing knives. But, these are also considered to be almost the perfect knife. They take all of the wanted characteristics of throwing knives and combine them to create the ideal throwing knife.

The steel chosen for these knives is 420 stainless steel; this steel is hard and strong. This steel has good corrosion resistance properties and it is not too expensive. This steel can hold an edge fairly well and is not a difficult steel to resharpen. Many people consider this steel the perfectly balanced steel. You get a little bit of everything and everything is good. It just doesn’t excel at any of the properties.

The handle has absolutely zero grip, which is why these are designed with the experts in mind. Because it is so slippery, you can experiment with your specific throwing style.

These knives come with a leather sheath that fits all three of the blades.

The overall length of these knives are 12.125 inches long and they weigh almost 13 ounces. These come in a set of three.

Pros:

  • Great for experts.
  • These are some of the highest quality knives that you will be able to find.
  • The chosen steel is an excellent balance between all of the good characteristics.
  • You can easily experiment with your throwing style.
  • Comes with a leather sheath.

Cons:

  • NOT for beginners at all.
  • The handle has zero grip.

 

Conclusion:

Throwing Knives have been around for centuries for a myriad of different reasons. In each culture, they are used for something different. Throwing knives have been used as an art form, they have been used as a self-defense weapon, and they have been used as entertainment. Depending on which task you are purchasing your throwing knife for, you are going to want to be searching for different characteristics, but don’t fret—there are hundreds of different styles, shapes, and sizes of throwing knives. You just have to know what you are searching for. To make things easier for you guys, I put together a list of the four most popular sets of throwing knives. Some were designed for beginners so they were lighter and easier to work with. Some were designed for either a beginner or an expert, so they were aesthetically pleasing and a great balance of everything you want in a throwing knife. Lastly, there was a set designed strictly for expert knife throwers, so it did have a unique design to it. Truly any of these options are fantastic options, but they all favor different styles of use. Remember that while you are searching for your perfect knife you should be searching for one that is very sharp, one that has great balance, and one that is not prone to easy breaking.

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Five of the Best Benchmade Folding Knives

Benchmade is known for their high quality knives that do not disappoint. At this point in time, you can get almost any style of knife from Benchmade; however, this was not always the case. When this company started they were making balisong, or butterfly, knives and that is how they became known as a company. Because of this, their logo is a butterfly. They still have fantastic butterfly knives, but they also have fantastic knives of every style. Today I have put together a list of the five most popular, best rated, and most liked knives that they have produced.

 

The 940 Osborne:

Benchmade 940BK Osborne
Benchmade 940BK Osborne

This Benchmade knife is one of the best options that you can get. Many people consider this the best Benchmade knife around. To design this knife, Benchmade co-designed it with Warren Osborne, who is an expert when it comes to everything cutlery. This knife is similar to the Griptilian, but it is smaller and lighter. The Osborne has a blade length of 3.4 inches and only weighs 2.9 ounces. This knife was first designed with S30V stainless steel, which holds an edge for a long period of time and is easy to sharpen, but to give you exactly what you want you can get the Osborne in Benchmade’s variety of steels. The tanto blade is a plain edged knife. The Osborne sports an anodized aluminum handle. This is how the knife is so light, but you don’t have to sacrifice any of the sturdiness for the lost weight. To help with sturdiness and durability, the handle boasts stainless steel liners. The Osborne has a dual thumb stud which makes this an ambidextrous opening knife. Plus, it has Benchmade’s Axis locking system and a reversible pocket clip. This knife can be modified for any of its users. As an added bonus, this knife is made in the United States of America.  You can find a full selection of Benchmade Osborne knives here at BladeOps.

Pros of the 940 Osborne knife:

  • This knife is extremely light because of the anodized aluminum handle.
  • The original S30V stainless steel knife is sharp and durable.
  • The blade is easy to sharpen.
  • If you don’t want the original steel, you can personalize this knife and get a variety of different steels.
  • This is originally a straight edged knife, but you can get it in a combo edge.
  • Stainless steel liners add durability to the handle.
  • Ambidextrous knife.
  • Made in the USA!

Cons of the 940 Osborne Knife:

  • Some people like a heftier knife for their everyday carry.
  • The included pocket clip can feel a little large and not sleek.

 

The Griptilian:

Benchmade 550-1 Griptilian
Benchmade 550-1 Griptilian

Like previously mentioned, the Griptilian knife is very similar to the 940 Osborne, the biggest difference between the two is that the Griptilian is just a little bit larger. Just like the 940 Osborne, this is one of Benchmade’s most popular knives. This knife only weighs 3.25 ounces, which is the perfect weight for an everyday carry knife. It isn’t too light and it definitely isn’t too heavy. The blade is 3.45 inches long made out of 154CM stainless steel. This steel holds an extremely sharp edge. Plus, you can get this blade in a straight edge or a combo edge, giving each user their personal favorite. What truly sets this knife apart from the others is the handle, which is a glass-filled nylon with stainless steel liners. The stainless steel liners offer extra durability. The handle is textured providing a very secure grip, making it perfect for heavier duty tasks. This knife features the Axis lock system, which securely locks the blade in an open position, which is another reason that it is such a good option for heavy duty jobs. This knife is an ambidextrous knife because you can open it from either side and switch out the pocket clip. You can also get a mini version of the Griptilian if you love the knife but don’t need it to stand up to such big tasks. All of the Griptilian knife options are made in the USA and you can get yours here.

Pros of the Griptilian knife:

  • This is an ambidextrous knife.
  • The 154CM stainless steel holds a crazy sharp edge.
  • Can get the blade in straight edge or combo edge.
  • The handle is super durable.
  • Only weighs 3.25 ounces—perfect for EDC.
  • This knife can stand up to the heavier duty tasks that it is faced with.
  • You can also get a mini version of the Griptilian.
  • Made in the USA!

Cons of the Griptilian knife:

  • The texture on the handle is rougher than it needs to be and can tend to scratch up your hand.

 

The 275 Adamas:

Benchmade 275BKSN Adamas
Benchmade 275BKSN Adamas

While many users of this knife as their everyday carry, but it can definitely be considered as a tactical blade. The blade on this knife is made out of D-2 steel. The blade is thick, yet flat, and extremely sharp. This knife has been known for holding its edge for crazy long periods of time. The blade features a drop point silhouette. A very unique aspect of this knife is the handle. It is made out of G-10, but it has three holes drilled into it. These holes are there to reduce the weight of the handle, but you keep the strength and durability of the G-10 material. The three holes also give you great grip. Along with the holes, the chunky-ness of the handle also help with grip. Because of how chunky this knife is, this is a great option for people with bigger hands, or if you have to wear gloves during your tasks. Another fantastic feature of this knife is that it comes with a reversible pocket clip. Because of how the pocket clip is designed into the handle, your blade will always be tip up while using the pocket clip.  The full line of Adamas Folders can be found here.

Pros of the 275 Adamas knife:

  • This knife has a chunkier design, making it perfect if you have to wear gloves while using this knife.
  • Is an ideal option for everyday carry or your tactical knife.
  • The blade is crazy sharp.
  • Three holes drilled into the G-10 handle, making the knife lighter, but you don’t have to sacrifice the sturdiness of the G-10.
  • Reversible pocket clip.

Cons of the 275 Adamas knife:

  • The handle is very chunky, which makes it a poor fit if you have smaller hands.
  • This is a bigger option for an everyday carry knife.

 

The 810 Contego:

This knife gets its name because Contego is the Latin word for “shield” or “protect”. The knife was designed after those two words. You can get this blade in black or gray and Benchmade has made different styles of this specific blade. Some of the styles are a combo edge, a coated blade, or a combo and coated blade. So really, you can get exactly what your heart desires. The blade is a reverse tanto style that is 3.98 inches long of CPM-M4 steel. This is actually a pretty large knife, when it is open it is 9.28 inches long and weighs 5.92 ounces. The knife can be opened with either hand, because of the ambidextrous thumb stud. The handle also sports a carbide glass-breaker, which makes this a great knife to always have on you. It can really get you out of any situation. The handle, like many Benchmade knives, uses the Axis locking system, which is a very sturdy locking system. The handle is actually very thin, measuring in at barely over half an inch, which takes away some of the weight and space that this knife would take up.

Benchmade 810BK Contego
Benchmade 810BK Contego

Pros of the 810 Contego knife:

  • The CPM-M4 steel is very durable and you can get it in black or gray.
  • Benchmade has released multiple versions of the blade, so you can pick all your favorite aspects for your blade.
  • The knife is ambidextrous, because of how the knife opens.
  • Sports a carbide glass-breaker.
  • The knife is a very large knife, but not heavy because of the thin handle.
  • Sports the Axis locking system.

Cons of the 810 Contego knife:

  • Some people don’t like how large the knife is, especially for everyday carry.
  • Because of how large it is, it can be hard to use for longer periods of time.

 

The 915 Triage:

Benchmade 915 Triage
Benchmade 915 Triage

The 915 Triage is much more than a knife, in fact, it is a superior safety tool. This knife was designed for emergency responders, but I believe that this is also a fantastic everyday carry knife. This knife is a beefier knife, measuring in at an overall length of 8.2 inches and weighing 5.1 inches. The blade is 3.5 inches long of N680 stainless steel. Benchmade then heat treated the steel, because this process adds toughness and lets the steel keep the edge for much longer. Plus, by doing this heat treatment, it makes the steel easier to sharpen when needed. The handle is made out of G-10, which you can get in black or safety orange, and also sports stainless steel liners. The liners add some weight to the knife, but it mostly adds durability and strength. The G-10 handle doesn’t look like anything special, but extreme texture has been added to the handle to give you fantastic grip. The handle is larger than some other handles, giving you a better grip, even during stressful or high intensity situations. The knife features a deep carry pocket clip, which lets it sink lower into your pocket, but you will still be able to grab it easily when needed. This pocket clip is reversible, so you can carry it ambidextrously. So far, this seems like a stellar knife, but we haven’t even gone over the extra features on this knife. The 915 Triage has a safety cutter that folds out of the handle with a hook on the end. Plus, on the butt of the handle, there is a built in carbide glass breaker.  Find the full line of Benchmade Triage knives here.

Pros of the 915 Triage knife:

  • The steel on this blade is heat treated to add toughness, edge holding abilities, and makes the blade easier to sharpen.
  • You can get this knife in black or safety orange.
  • The stainless steel liners in the handle add weight and durability.
  • The extreme texture on the handle and the larger handle size give you great grip.
  • Ambidextrous knife.
  • Features a safety cutter and a glass breaker.
  • Fantastic for emergency responders.
  • Has Benchmade’s Axis locking system.

Cons of the 915 Triage knife:

  • If you are looking for a simple knife, this does have a lot of extras.
  • The knife doesn’t look like anything special when you first see it—it has a very simple design.
  • The knife is one of your larger knife options, some might not like it for an everyday carry knife.
  • The larger handle size is not ideal for people with smaller hands.
  • This is not a good knife for intricate detail work.

 

Conclusion:

When Benchmade first hit the market back in 1979, they were solely producing high end butterfly knives and their company name was Bali-Song. These knives were a hit and Bali-Song became popular. They changed their name and started producing other styles of knives and Benchmade was born. Even though they were once known for their butterfly knives, they are now known for all of their knives. Benchmade is a trusted brand that people can rely on. Each of their knives is carefully thought out and designed to give you everything that you need. With so many fantastic knives to choose from, it is hard to know which one would work best for you. I made this list of the five most popular, well-known, most liked or best rated knives. The five best include: the 940 Osborne, the Griptilian, the 275 Adamas, the 810 Contego, and the 915 Triage. These knives all are great options, but each vary from the other. Some are made for safety purposes, some are designed to be tactical, some are ideal for everyday carry knives. I’m hoping that these descriptions and the pros and cons of each of these options help narrow down which knife you want and which Benchmade knife will work best for you. Truly, almost any Benchmade knife is going to be a reliable knife.

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The Care and Keeping of Your Knife

Knives can cost you a pretty big chunk of money, so extending their life is what many people are striving to do. Knives can take a beating, so it might surprise you to hear that they are actually pretty fragile in the scheme of things. Here are some tips on how to treat your knife with the best care to extend its life, keep it sharper for longer, and not letting it rust or corrode.

 

 

Cleaning Your Knife

 

For starters, you should be cleaning your knife. People often hear the phrase that a dull knife is a dangerous knife, but a phrase that we less commonly hear is that a dirty knife is a dangerous knife. If you clean every part of your knife, it is going to last longer than if you just give it a quick wipe down. While cleaning your knife, I would recommend starting with the blade. For the most part, your knife is going to be made of a quality steel that is resistant to rusting or corroding easily. To wash the blade and handle, I would recommend using warm water and a mild dish detergent. To prevent scratching the blade, use a soft brush, such as a toothbrush, or a smooth sponge. I would not recommend using the tougher side of most kitchen sponges, because it could scratch your metal. The next step in cleaning your knife is removing any rust. If you are constantly maintaining your knife, this shouldn’t be a problem, but, if you do have rust, it is a pretty simple solution. Just get a rust remover, spray it on the rusty spot, and leave it on for a few minutes. For cleaning any of the nooks and crannies, a cotton swab or q-tip will work great. Another efficient way to get all of the dirt and dust out of the little areas is using a can of compressed air and spraying it into those spaces. To get all of the possible parts, it is a good idea to disassemble your knife. Don’t do this unless you are sure that you know what you are doing and you are going to know how to put it back together. During this whole process, don’t be scared to really soak your knife, but when you finish, make sure that all the parts get fully dry. You should especially be cleaning it if it comes in contact with salt water.

If you are working with a kitchen knife, the cleaning process is a little bit different. Some are dishwasher safe, but some are dishwasher tolerable. This means that while they can safely go in the dishwasher, they aren’t going to maintain their full capabilities if you do put them in. Really, it’s a good idea to always wash your kitchen knives by hand. They are prone to getting dinged during the washing cycle. Dishwashers can affect the metal in your blade and damage your knife handle material. Something to remember about kitchen knives is to not leave them in your sink. Because people are constantly putting dishes in the sink, your knives could get scratched up, or even bent or broken. Another thing to remember with your kitchen knives is to immediately dry them after washing. If you leave it to dry on a rack or in another place, it can start to grow mold and mildew. Since kitchen knives aren’t usually as intricate as tactical or everyday knives, you aren’t going to have to be as concerned about the tiny crevices.

If you have a custom knife, you are going to have to give it a little extra TLC during its cleaning process. You should hand wash the blade with a gentle soap and warm water and make sure that you rinse it well. The handle should be cleaned with a damp cloth. You can buff the handle with a soft, dry cloth.

Many knife companies sell maintenance kits which will have the exact tools that your knife needs to get the cleanest. These are worth the investment.

 

 

Lubricating Your Knife

Benchmade Total Lube
Benchmade Total Lube

Lubricating your knife does two main things. First, it oils the moving parts of your knife so that your knife can function smoothly. This means that opening and closing your knife will be smoother and swifter. The second main thing that it does is protect the steel and metal parts. This is because the oil helps water, dust, and dirt slide off and not get stuck to the parts. This will help your knife resist rusting and corrosion.

When lubricating your knife, you do not need too much oil, just a few drops onto the moving parts and then wipe the blade with any excess oil. You should be lubricating your knife after each cleaning. If you are using your knife daily, it would benefit you richly to lubricate your knife once a week.

 

 

Storing Your Knife

 

If you aren’t going to be using your knife for a long period of time, you should not be storing it in its sheath, especially if the sheath is leather. Sheaths collect moisture and the moisture gets stuck, putting your blade at a higher risk of rusting. When knives are stuck in a small area with moisture, the steel will also develop pits. All steels are subjectable to rusting and corrosion, even if they are a stainless steel, those steels are just less likely to rust. Knives should be kept in a consistent and dry environment or room.

If you are storing a culinary knife, you should not be storing them in a drawer with other utensils. In a drawer like that, the knife is prone to getting scratched or dented because everything is going to shift each time you open and close your drawer. However, if this is the only place you have to store your kitchen knives, consider using a plastic guard and then laying the knives side by side. You can find these plastic guards for around five dollars. Another great storing option for your kitchen knife is on a magnetic board. A knife block is also a good place to store them, however, you should look for a block that has horizontal slots, instead of the typical vertical ones. This is because you want your blade to be resting on its side, not on the cutting edges.

 

 

Cutting Properly with Your Knife

 

This section mostly pertains to kitchen knives. For starters, you should always be cutting on a countertop. When you cut directly onto your countertop, the surface is too hard for your blade. Whatever surface you are cutting on should be softer than your knife’s steel. Using a wood or plastic cutting board is going to be the easiest on your knife blade.

Second of all, the chopping motion, or the constant up and down, is going to dull your blades edge. If you rock or slide with your blade, keeping your blade in contact with the cutting board is going to benefit you the most. Every time your knife comes in contact with your cutting surface, no matter what it is, it is going to cause small burrs on the edge, dulling it. That is why you want to maintain contact with your board during the whole process.

Lastly, when you scrape your food off your cutting board, I would recommend using the spine of your knife instead of your blade.

This does slightly pertain to tactical knives though. Unless absolutely necessary, you should not pry or dig with your knife. You should also avoid using it as a can opener or a screwdriver. Really, most of the heavy duty work should be avoided with your knife unless necessary.

 

 

Honing Your Blade

 

For kitchen knives, you should be honing them regularly. To hone a knife does not actually sharpen your knife. When a knife edge gets dull, the edge has been misaligned, so even if it is still sharp, it won’t cut the food as properly as it once could have. A honing steel pushes the edge of the knife back to the center and straightens it. It corrects the edge of the blade without actually shaving any off. However, the knife will seem sharper because the blade has been realigned. Many professional chefs will hone their knife before every use to keep it in best possible condition.

 

 

Sharpening Your Blade

Spyderco Sharpmaker
Spyderco Sharpmaker

Everyone hears the phrase that a dull knife is more dangerous than a sharp knife and that phrase brings us to the last key aspect of caring for your knife. One of the most important aspects of caring for your knife is actually one aspect that many people view to be the hardest: Sharpening. A sharp knife should be able to slide right off the skin of an onion. Sharpening your knife does take practice and it will be difficult at the beginning. If you have a high quality steel, you are going to need a high quality sharpener to get the best possible result. To sharpen the knife, you need a sharpener that is harder and stronger than your knife blade because it needs to actually grind the blade down.

When searching for a good sharpener, find one that includes a rough stock removal surface or a diamond abrasive. It should also include a finishing surface that is made out of a hard stone or a ceramic abrasive that you will use for the last touches.

When sharpening your own blade, the most common and best angle is going to be 20 degrees. This can be done with a sharpening stone, but it is going to be a lot easier if you use an actual knife sharpener. Many people don’t enjoy using an electric sharpener because they strip away too much of its metal.

Sharpening your knife repairs the nicks and dings on a blades edge to let it properly cut. Sharpening is done less frequently than honing, really just a few times a year depending on how often the knife is actually being used.

If you are terrified of sharpening your own knife because you are afraid of damaging it, or if you just don’t want the hassle of learning how to sharpen your own knife, or if you just plainly don’t have the time to sharpen your own knife, there is absolutely no shame in sending it to a professional.

 

 

Conclusion:

 

If you take care of your knife, they are going to take care of you back. Caring for your knife can seem like a time and energy consuming task, but in all actuality, it is very simple. You should always clean your knife—cleaning it is one of the best ways to reduce the risk of rusting or corrosion to your blade. By disassembling your knife, you are able to keep the innards clean, making your knife work as smoothly as possible. Second, you should be lubricating your knife. By keeping it oiled, the dirt, dust, and water is going to be more likely to slide right off. This helps to reduce the risk of rust and corrosion. It is not a bad idea to wipe down and oil your knife gently after each use, but you should certainly be oiling your knife after each cleaning. Thirdly, you should be storing your knife properly. It should not be stored for long periods of time in its sheath. Knives should also not be stored in utensil drawers along with other utensils and kitchen objects—the risk of damaging your blade increases greatly when stored in this way. Fourth, you should be cutting properly with your blade. Blades seem strong, especially when they are made out of high quality steel, but they are fragile. Treat them as such unless a situation arises where you can’t. Fifth, if you are a chef, you should be honing your knives to provide yourself with the best possible edge. You can hone before every single edge. Lastly, you should be keeping your blade sharp. You can do this by yourself or send it into a professional. By following these six steps, the lifetime of your blade will be significantly increased.

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ProTech Dark Angel OTF Knife Review

The Pro-Tech Dark Angel OTF Knife

 

ProTech Dark Angel
ProTech Dark Angel OTF Knife

Pro-Tech is a family owned company based out of Sante Fe Springs California. Pro-Tech has made its name by producing fantastic automatic knives. They have been building these high quality knives for over 17 years now. This company was founded by Dave Wattenberg in 2001. Since then they have collaborated with knife makers such as Ernest Emerson, Walter Brend, and Allen Elishewitz. Some of the most famous and most popular knives that Pro-Tech has made have been the Godfather, Godson, and the Runt J4.

The company’s mission is to produce high quality knives made out of the finest materials that they can get ahold of. Pro-Tech makes smaller batches of knives than most companies so that they can hand fit and finish each knife to produce higher quality knives than you could find if it was factory made. Because of these smaller batches, they make around 12,000 knives a year.

The fantastic knife that Pro-Tech has developed that we are going to discuss today is the Pro-Tech Dark Angel Out-The-Front knife.

 

The Blade:

The blade on this knife is made out of 154CM steel. 154CM is a high end stainless steel that has been made by Crucible. This is a relatively hard steel. 154CM steel is considered to be an upgrade from 440C steel, because 154CM steel has Molybdenum is added. Because of the added Molybdenum, this type of steel can hold a fantastic edge while it also holds on to its corrosion resistance properties. However, even though this type of steel is a stainless steel, it will rust if it is left in wet or damp environments. To prevent this happening to your knife blade, especially if you live in a humid environment, you should always remember to keep your blade clean and oil it often. You shouldn’t be turned off from this steel just because it might rust—any stainless steel will rust if left in damp environments and neglected. You just need a little extra maintenance with 154CM stainless steel. This steel is also fairly easy to sharpen.  This steel type has pretty good toughness; it has high enough levels of toughness to stand up to most tasks—including the heavier duty tasks that you will throw at this blade. This steel is found commonly in quality pocket knives. In fact, Emerson Knife Company uses this type of steel exclusively. This type of steel maintains lots of good, durable properties, but it is less expensive than a premium steel such as S30V. This steel has a good balance between being hard, tough, and resistant to corrosion. This specific knife design comes in a variety of different blade colors, some being: black, silver, and even a custom Damascus blade. All of these knives have plain edges.

The shape of this blade is a dagger style. This style of knife has also been known as a needle point blade. This shape of blade is a double-edge blade designed to be able to thrust and stab. The blade comes to a very thin, sharp point, providing you with maximum ability to pierce into your target. However, because it has such a fine point, the tip is more prone to breaking, especially if you are stabbing a hard target. The double edge means that instead of a normal knife only being sharpened on one edge and having the back, or spine, unsharpened; this blade does not have an unsharpened side. Both edges on this blade have been sharpened. Because it is able to cut on both sides, this blade shape is a fantastic option for a self-defense weapon. Especially if you are in tight quarters. One disadvantage to having a dagger style blade is that it has no belly and the edges get thick quicker than most styles of knives. These two characteristics make it a poor choice if you want to slice anything. In the center of this blade, there is a thin cut out. This cut out cuts down on weight that the blade would have had otherwise. This blade cut out also offers a unique look that you won’t find on many knives.

 

The Handle:

The handle on this knife is made out of 6061T6 hard anodized aluminum. A hard anodized aluminum creates an oxidation layer on the aluminum that can make your handle up to 30% harder than some stainless steels. When an aluminum is anodized, it provides the aluminum with color. This knife comes in a variety of different colors. Some of your options are silver—with two finishes: satin and stonewash, black, desert sand, or dark desert sand. Anodizing the aluminum also offers extra harness and protection. This is the most common form of finishing aluminum and it makes your aluminum handle very durable. Because aluminum has such a low density for a metal, it offers you a heftier feel without the added weight. Aluminum can be slippery, especially in wet environments, unless properly texturized. When it is properly texturized, your grip on it will be reasonable, but still not fantastic. Another drawback to having an aluminum handle is that it is going to feel so cold in a cold environment and can start to feel very uncomfortable in your hand. Other than feeling cold, aluminum is a comfortable material that is easy to use, even for long periods of time. Aluminum is very resistant to corrosion. However, it can be easy to scratch the surface or ding it up a bit. The handle will still work perfectly after this, but it won’t look as aesthetically pleasing. If you are going for a truly superb handle material, you might want to check out aluminums brother, titanium.

 

The Pocket Clip:

The pocket clip on this knife is newly designed from Pro-Tech. This is a customized part of this knife. This clip actually folds over itself helping allow a deep “hidden” in the pocket look. The benefit of a deep carry pocket clip is that it is not going to slip out of your pocket. With a deep carry clip, you know that your knife is safe and secure in your pocket. This specific pocket clip allows you to conceal your knife better than other pocket clips.

 

The Mechanism:

The Pro-Tech Dark Angel is an automatic out-the-front knife. Like always, automatic knives are not legal in all states or areas. Before you purchase and/or carry this knife, make sure you know your local knife carrying laws. An out the front knife is a unique style of automatic knife. Instead of the blade folding or flipping out of the side of the handle, there is a hole in one end of the handle where the blade pops out of. The blade of an OTF knife travels on an internal channel, at the bottom of this channel, there is a spring that launches the blade out, when the button or trigger is pushed. This is only a single action OTF automatic knife. This means that to deploy the knife, you push the button and the blade will pop out, but to put the blade back in, it takes a little more work. To close this knife, you push the button down and at the same time, you slide the charging bar back along the side. Because there is more of a mechanism that has to lay inside of an automatic OTF knife, the handle has to be thicker or longer than a manual OTF knife.

 

The Sheath:

This knife comes with a nylon sheath. Nylon is a very common material used for knife sheaths. This is a relatively inexpensive material, especially compared to kydex or leather sheaths. However, you do get what you pay for. And while nylon is a cheaper material, it will be more prone to wearing out quicker than these two previous materials. Nylon also has the tendency to stretch out over time, and while the sheath will still work adequately at that point, your knife won’t be held as securely or snugly. However, I shouldn’t be focusing on the negative. There are many fantastic characteristics that nylon sheaths have. For starters, nylon is resistant to rot and mildew. They are not as vulnerable to water as a leather sheath would be. This means that your sheath will need a lot less maintenance than other sheath materials would need. Plus, nylon is not easily scuffed or torn. Another big bonus about nylon sheaths is that the nylon is relatively quiet. If you are trying to be stealthy or conceal yourself, nylon won’t give you away. Nylon is not as silent as leather would be, but it’s not loud, especially when compared to a plastic or kydex sheath. This nylon sheath will get the job done for you and last quite a while.

 

The Specs:

The Pro-Tech Dark Angel’s blade is 3.75 inches long with a blade thickness of .125 inches. When this knife is open, it measures at 8.9 inches long. When this knife is closed, it measures up at 4.5 inches long. This knife weighs in at 3.4 ounces. This size and weight are the perfect size and weight for an everyday carry knife.

 

Pros of the Pro-Tech Dark Angel:

  • The steel is a high end stainless steel.
  • Holds a fantastic edge and is still easy to sharpen.
  • The blade has high corrosion resistance abilities.
  • The blade has high toughness that can take on even the heavier tasks.
  • This steel has good properties and is still cheaper than S30V or other premium knives.
  • The blade comes in multiple different colors.
  • Has a very fine tip, perfect for stabbing.
  • Both edges are sharpened, so it is a perfect weapon for self-defense.
  • Anodized to add color, hardness, and protection.
  • Aluminum handle is durable, but not with the added weight.
  • Aluminum is very corrosion resistant.
  • Aluminum is a very comfortable material to hold.
  • Pocket clip is custom, deep carry.
  • Automatic knife, so it will deploy very quickly.
  • Included nylon sheath has many fantastic properties for a lower cost.

 

Cons of the Pro-Tech Dark Angel:

  • The dagger style has a fine point; it is prone to breaking if used incorrectly.
  • Aluminum handles will feel extremely cold in cold environments.
  • Aluminum can be very slippery, especially when not texturized properly.
  • Automatic knives are not legal in all states or areas, so you have to be careful when purchasing and carrying this knife.
  • Nylon sheaths will not last forever; they will break down eventually.

 

Conclusion:

Pro-Tech is a unique company. They have a hybrid of mass producing knives and building each one custom. They make their knives in small batches, only around 12,000 knives a year. They keep them small so that they have the ability to hand finish each and every knife. They use the highest quality materials to produce the highest quality knives that you can stumble across. Each one has taken time, and care, and they are truly remarkable. Pro-Tech has been around for over 17 years and they have been producing fantastic knives ever since. They have collaborated with knife makers such as Ernest Emerson and Walter Brend. Pro-Tech knows what they are doing when they design, build, and finish all of their knives.

The Dark Angel has been no exception. They started out with a high quality steel that can take on almost any task that you throw at it. This steel can get a fine point and they enhanced this by giving the blade a dagger style shape to it. By giving the knife this shape, they have created an excellent self-defense weapon. They designed a custom pocket clip to top the whole automatic knife off. And with this fantastic knife comes a great nylon sheath. This is a remarkable knife that has been exceptionally produced. The Pro-Tech Dark Angel would be a fantastic addition to your knife collection and it would make a perfect everyday carry knife for you.

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Benchmade Precipice OTF Knife Review

Heckler and Koch is the leading brand of firearms today. A while back, they decided to expand their product lines and start building knives. However, they knew to get the best knives they could imagine, they needed to collaborate with a knife company. Heckler and Koch joined forces with Benchmade to produce knives that were quality, yet affordable. They were designed to be used by first responders, police, military personnel, and any other person who needs a good every day knife.

The deal between the two was that Benchmade was to build them and would retain any rights to the designs after the collaboration ended. Heckler and Koch, or H&K, would put their brand name on the knife to expand the target audience. Recently, Benchmade decided to cut off the collaboration with H&K and focus on their own knife lines. The H&K knives have been huge hits though, so Benchmade decided to upgrade a few of the favorites to give us spectacular knives.

One of these knives that has been a huge hit is the H&K Epidemic. Benchmade renamed this knife the PRECIPICE. They kept the same basic design, but upgraded the blade steel, the handle design, and the trigger button. They have created an amazing knife.

Benchmade 4700 Precipice
Benchmade 4700 Precipice

 

The Blade:

 

The Epidemic’s blade was made out of D2 steel. This is an adequate steel that gets the job done. It is a cheaper and softer steel, which keeps the overall knife cost down. However, if you are looking for a high quality knife, you would not be looking at one made with D2. Benchmade’s focus with upgrading this specific knife is to give the audience a high quality, long lasting, superior knife. So they switched out the steel. They chose to use CPM-S30V steel. This is a premium steel, that is more expensive. Because of this extra cost, the PRECIPICE is going to be more expensive than the Epidemic was. But with the extra cost comes extra durability, strength, and toughness. S30V steel is a full stainless steel, which gives it higher resistance to rust and corrosion. Another benefit of having a fully stainless steel blade is that this blade is going to require less time and maintenance to keep it in good shape. This steel is stronger and tougher, making it less prone to breaking, even if you throw harder tasks at it. S30V is a harder steel to sharpen than the D2 steel was, but it will also hold a better edge for longer periods of time than the D2 steel would have. S30V steel was designed and produced by Crucible and it was actually designed to be specifically used in knives. This fact means that you are getting one of the most superior blade steels on the market today. Dollar for dollar, this steel is seen as one of the best blade steels with the perfect balance between edge retention or durability, hardness, and toughness. This steel is going to ensure you have a fantastic blade on your knife.

 

The shape that this blade sports is spear point style. Knife Depot explained this shape best when they said, “This blade is a symmetrically pointed blade with a point that is in line with the center line of the blade’s long axis. Both edges of this blade shape rise and fall equally to create a point that lines up exactly with the equator of the blade.” The Benchmade PRECIPICE is a double edged blade, which means that both edges of the blade are sharpened. If it was a single edged blade, only one side of the blade would be sharpened. Spear points are exceptional if you are trying to pierce or stab something. Spear points are very similar to needle point blades, however, spear points have a much stronger tip than a needle point tip would give you. The tip on this blade is lowered, so you have great control over it and can do delicate work with the tip. A spear point blade shape has a relatively small belly, but you can use it for some simple cutting or slicing. However, if you are looking for a knife to mainly use for slicing, this should not be your go to blade. This shape has a great balance between being able to stab and being able to slice. This shape maintains the strength that a drop point shape has, but it has a much sharper tip than a drop point. While you don’t have the belly that you would find on a drop point, you do have adequate slicing abilities.

 

 

The Handle:

 

The handle on this knife is made out of T6-6061 anodized billet aluminum. Anodizing an aluminum works to add color. In the PRECIPICE, they have anodized it to be black. Another big reason to anodize an aluminum is to add hardness and protection. When anodized properly, aluminum is an extremely durable material, especially for your knife handle. A big benefit to having an aluminum material is that it is a very light material. This gives you the look of a heavier material, instead of a cheaper plastic-y look, but it doesn’t weigh your knife down. This specific type of aluminum has extreme strength behind it. Unfortunately, this can be a very slippery material, especially in wet situations. To prevent this being too slippery, the aluminum is often texturized to give you a little bit of a better grip. The Epidemic had deep cuts across the palm of the handle to add grip. On the PRECIPICE, Benchmade got rid of these gashes to provide your knife with a much sleeker looking handle. To help with the grip on this sleeker handle, they switched up the shape of the handle very slightly. The aluminum has been cut with more exaggerated corners, providing a different ergonomic feel. Another drawback to having an aluminum handle is that it is a cold material. If you are working or living in a very cold environment, aluminum might not be the best material for your knife handle. It can feel like it is biting into your skin when it is freezing outside.

 

 

The Pocket Clip:

 

This knife comes with a deep carry, reversible pocket clip. This knife has been drilled so that the pocket clip can be carried for either right or left handed carry. However, this knife has only been drilled to be carried tip down. This is also a deep carry pocket clip, so the clip is longer. This means that your knife will fit deeply, snugly, and securely in your pocket. A deep carry clip makes it easier to conceal in your pocket, since none of the knife actually sticks out.

 

 

The Mechanism:

 

The PRECIPICE is a double action out the front knife. An out the front knife, or an OTF, is a knife that opens and closes through a hole on one end of the handle. This is different than the average knife, where the blade folds in and out of one of the sides. This is an automatic knife. So like always, make sure you know your local laws before you purchase and carry this knife. Automatic knives, or switchblades, are not legal in many states or areas. This is a double action automatic knife, so this means that the trigger will open and close the blade. A single action trigger would just open the blade. The HK Epidemic’s trigger was a red, plastic-y looking trigger. Benchmade decided to keep the look sleek, so they switched this trigger out. It is now a gray trigger.

 

 

The Specs:

 

The blade on the PRECIPICE is 3.45 inches long. The blade on this knife is 0.124 inches thick. When the knife is opened, it is 8.23 inches long. But, when it is closed, it is 4.78 inches long. This is a long knife when opened, but because the handle is made out of aluminum, it keeps the knife relatively light; the knife weighs in at 3.31 ounces. The handle is 0.47 inches thick. This is a great size for an everyday carry knife. This knife also has the size to back itself if you are using it for a tactical or survival knife. This knife feels like it can do it all.

 

Pros of the Benchmade Precipice:

  • This knife has a rich history.
  • Upgraded the steel from D2 to S30V steel.
  • The steel is stronger, more durable, and more resistant to corrosion and rust.
  • The edge on this steel is better and will last longer than the D2 steel would have.
  • Because of the upgraded steel, this knife can survive more extreme environments, harder tasks, and can be a tactical knife or a survival knife.
  • The spear point shape will provide you with excellent piercing ability.
  • The spear point shape still has strength behind it—in fact, it is almost as strong as a drop point shape.
  • The tip is lowered and strong, so you can do delicate work with it.
  • The anodized aluminum handle is strong, resistant to corrosion, and durable.
  • The handle has a much sleeker look than the Epidemic did.
  • The pocket clip is a deep carry pocket clip.
  • The pocket clip is a reversible clip, so you can carry it ambidextrously.
  • The knife is a double action knife, so the trigger does all the work for you.
  • Benchmade upgraded the trigger, so it has a classier, more conservative look to it.
  • This is an automatic knife, so it opens very quickly.

 

Cons of the Benchmade Precipice:

  • S30V steel is more expensive and harder to sharpen—both things that are worth it, but they are slight drawbacks.
  • The spear point does not provide a belly, meaning that slicing is going to be a trickier task. The shape can give adequate slicing ability, but nothing like a drop point.
  • Can only carry this knife with the tip down.
  • This is an automatic knife, so it is not going to be legal in all areas of the country.

 

 

Conclusion:

 

I’m drawn to knives with rich histories, because you know that the final version is going to be a truly spectacular knife. This knife started out as a good quality knife that used good materials to produce a knife that was affordable. When Benchmade decided to focus on their own blades and upgrade this knife, they wanted to take the same design and provide their audience with an exceptional knife. They upgraded their materials which is what gives you a superior knife. When they looked at the popular design, they decided that the first thing they needed to upgrade was the steel. By choosing a better steel, this new knife can now take on harder tasks, take harder beatings, keep its edge for longer, and because of its increased rust and corrosion resistance properties—this blade needs less maintenance. Benchmade kept the shape of the blade, a spear point, because a spear point keeps most of the strength that a drop point offers, but it provides the user with a much sharper point, allowing you to stab or pierce. Benchmade decided to keep the same aluminum handle, but they did change up how the handle looks. They got rid of the deep grooves in the Epidemic’s handle and gave us a much sleeker look. The pocket clip remained the same: a deep carry reversible pocket clip. And Benchmade also kept the double action mechanism the same as the Epidemic was.

This knife started off with a good, reliable, trusty design. The Epidemic was a popular knife for a reason. So with the new, upgraded knife, the PRECIPICE, you know that all of your wildest dreams can come true. When Benchmade decided to upgrade this knife, they created a masterpiece. The Epidemic was a good knife, and many of you might have owned and loved it. But the PRECIPICE is a fantastic knife.

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