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15 Striking Orange Knives

Article updated to include more and newer models.

If you look at all the colors that knives and their handles come in, you’ll notice a trend. Yup, they’re pretty much all black. Black is a popular color for knives because of its lowkey appearance and versatility.

While the majority of people opt for those sexy black knives, it’s the other colors that don’t get enough love. So we decided to do a series of posts dedicated to those knives in different colors.

So today we’re looking at orange knives.

1. KA-BAR Dozier

First up on the list is the KA-BAR Bob Dozier Folding Hunter. This iteration of the popular EDC features the blaze orange handle with a black blade and thumb stud. This blade is usually considered one of the best budget EDC knives around because of its reasonable 3-inch blade and relatively low cost.

2. ESEE-4

Next is the ESEE-4 with Orange Handle. The ESEE-4 was previously named a Badass Knife of the Week because of its extreme durability. The knife’s bright orange G-10 handle scales are brought to life even more by the green blade.

3. Spyderco Endura 4

The Spyderco Endura 4 was included on our last of 20 most iconic knives ever. This is the same Endura 4 we all know and love—3.75-inch VG-10 blade—but with orange FRN handle scales.

Many people love the way the knife pops with its bright orange handle. There’s also the Delica 4 in orange if you want something a little smaller.

4. CRKT M16-14ZER

One of the main reasons you’d want your knife to be orange is for visibility. That’s why orange is found on so many rescue knives, including the CRKT M16-14ZER. This is an emergency version of Kit Carson’s M16 knife with a few extra features, such as a seat belt cutter that can be used even when the knife is closed and a window breaker.

The AUS8 blade is 3.75 inches long and partially serrated.

5. Kershaw Leek

Is there any knife more iconic or beloved than the Kershaw Leek? We can’t think of any. Due to its resounding success, Kershaw made the Leek in a ton of iterations like this orange Leek. The anodized-aluminum handle is made brilliant orange with a fade-resistant, scratch-resistant dye, meaning it’ll stay just bright and clean for years to come. This is truly for the orange lovers out there.

6. Cold Steel Broken Skull

Cold Steel teamed up with Steve Austin to bring a simple yet functional folder to the masses. In a way, the Broken Skull is like a modern day version of the classic Buck 110 but with some upgrades like a thumb stud and Demko’s Tri-Ad lock.

This iteration comes in a bright orange.

7. Artisan Archaeo

Artisan Cutlery has a number of orange knives in its catalog. One of our favorites is the Archaeo. The knife is very sleek and aerodynamic if you will. It ha sa D3 steel blade and orange G-10 handle scales.

A yellow pivot collar adds some yellow to the already eye-popping knife.

8. Boker Magnum Medic Knife

Yet another knife focused on emergency personnel (or those who fancy themselves as people who like to be prepared) is the Magnum by Boker Medic Knife. This Magnum by Boker folder with orange anodized aluminum handle features the blue and white paramedic logo.

Also on the handle is a seat belt cutter, glass breaker, and good-looking pivot screw.

9. KA-BAR Wharnstalker

The Johnson Adventure Wharnstalker collaboration with KA-BAR Is an excellent fixed blade with a versatile wharncliffe design that provides a straight cutting edge and a piercing point. The handle is textured Zytel.

10. Fallkniven Model PC

We’re finishing off the list with the Fallkniven Model PC in Orange . This folder from one of the best knife company’s out there is lightweight with a 2.87-inch blade. It opens with a nail nick and uses a liner lock to stay engaged. The fiberglass-reinforced Grilon handle is a nice orange.

11. Kershaw Barricade

The Kershaw Barricade is billed as a budget rescue knife that’s quick and inexpensive, a perfect knife to keep in your car for emergencies. The assisted blade is 3.5 inches long with black oxide coating.

Of course, the orange handles feature a seatbelt cutter and high visibility coloring.

12. Gerber Haul

The Haul is another good budget option, this time from Gerber. This is an assisted knife with a button lock that’s reliable and easy to use. This can be used as an EDC and add a little color to your day.

13. Spyderco Subvert

For something a  bit different and much much bigger, there’s the Spyderco Subvert.

This thing has a more than 4-inch blade and can almost be described as a folding sword. Contoured orange G-10 scales that are joined by a matching G-10 backspacer make this knife pop and stand out from the others. Well that and its large size.

14. Boker Plus USA Orange

The Boker Plus USA Orange — sometimes called the USA Patriot — is one of Boker Plus’ first forays into American-made knives. The knife has a pretty tried-and-true design. It has a 3.3-inch blade that opens with a thumb stud and locks into place with a back lock. Orange FRP handle scales fit the hand comfortably.

This knife has been compared favorably to the Spyderco Endura.

15. Byrd Cara Cara 2

Finally there’s another dedicated rescue folder for those on a budget. The Cara Cara 2 is a rescufied and budget version of the Endura. It has a fully serrated 3.9-inch blade with a bluntish tip and bright orange handles. The back lock is good to depend on in any emergency situation.


Tim

Timothy Martinez Jr. is the community director for Knife Depot and the editor of The Cutting Edge. If you have any questions or ideas for The Cutting Edge, you can contact him at Tim@knife-depot.com.
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1 Comment

  1. Donald Connner

    April 8, 2016 at 5:39 pm

    Check out Bark River Knives website. They have a little of every color. And on e-bay under “Randall Made Knives” you will find a number of orange scaled blades – not always but often. Colors are fun knives, but for serious business olive drab, dark brown, or digital camo make the least visible tools. Unless you are over in one of the sand boxes, Then I would think, having been in the Arizona, Utah, and Nevada deserts, that tans and light browns would be better. But what ever you do, don’t buy junk hopefully you’ll live to regret it if the time ever comes when you really need it. Another good site is Treeman Jim Behring he puts out some outstanding blades, and I’ve a number of orange ones there.

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