Kit Carson was a fantastic knife designer and an all-around good guy. Until his untimely death in 2014, the Cutlery Hall of Fame Inductee mentored some of the top knifemakers around, including Ken Onion.
Even though Carson is gone, his legacy still lives on in knives offered by CRKT, including our latest Badass Knife of the Week.
The M21-14SFG Special Forces is a bigger and stronger version of the highly renowned M16 knife family. This version has a long 3.99-inch black titanium nitride-coated blade made of 8Cr14MoV stainless steel.
The word “badass” is open to interpretation. Some people think of badass as aggressive or large. Well, the latest Badass Knife of the Week shows that a knife can be badass based solely on the history, construction, and simplicity of the design.
The pen knife or penknife has been around for more than a century. The origins of the design revolve around the need for maintaining quills for old-fashioned pens.
A knife that tries to do more than cut things often ends up being a master of none. However, the latest Badass Knife of the Week proves a knife can serve multiple functions without sacrificing its core purpose.
The Kershaw Shuffle is a compact, versatile, and inexpensive folding knife with a few bonus tools that integrate seamlessly into the overall design.
The 2.4-inch blade is the highlight of the knife. Featuring 8Cr13MoV steel with a bead-blasted finish, the blade opens up manually with dual thumb studs and stays engaged with a liner lock.
It’s rare to have a knife that’s simultaneously confusing yet absolutely hypnotic. But that’s what you get with the latest Badass Knife of the Week.
The Cold Steel Ti-Lite marries the look of the traditional Italian stiletto with the modern materials and conveniences of the present day.
Coming in various sizes, the version we’re highlighting is the largest and boasts a lengthy 6-inch blade. This large Ti-Lite features Japanese AUS 8A stainless steel, an alloy that’s easy to sharpen and resists rust well.
The blade on this thin folder has a lot going for it. You can deploy the blade using the thumb stud or pull it out against your pocket for a Wave-like opening in one swift motion. The Wave-like protrusion also acts as a guard to keep your hand from slipping onto the blade.
Col. Rex Applegate and William E. Fairbairn are legends. The two adapted the Fairbairn-Sykes fighting knife to create a stronger and more robust fighting knife aptly called the Applegate-Fairbairn fighting knife.
The fixed blade dagger was a work of art that served admirably in combat. Applegate eventually went to knifemaker Bill Harsey Jr to adapt the design into a folder for Gerber. The result was the award-winning Gerber folding Applegate-Fairbairn fighting knife.
Boasting the same length as the Victorinox Classic, the MiniChamp features 18 functions in a 2.3-inch body. What makes this knife so special is that it contains every single bladed tool available to the knives in this size as well as a few tools that are exclusive to the MiniChamp.
If you think you can’t get a good American-made knife that uses solid materials without breaking the bank, you may have missed our latest Badass Knife of the Week when it first came out.
The Spyderco Native 5 Lightweight is a stripped down version of the classic Spyderco Native that doesn’t sacrifice on blade steel or construction.
It starts with the 2.95-inch blade with a full flat grind and S30V steel — recently changed from S35VN. The blade is a straightforward design with chamfering that makes holding and using this folder comfortable.
This knife is meant to be used on the job. A finger choil allows the user to choke up on the blade for finer tasks without abandoning the classic grip.
Unlike previous iterations of the knife, the knife uses black FRN handle scales without liners. These scales not only provide extra grip with the Bi-Directional Texturing that keeps the knife in your hand no matter how slippery things get but it also shaves off weight.
It’s pretty rare to have a blade shape on a knife that bucks the trend of drop point or clip point profiles. But that’s what you get with the latest Badass Knife of the Week.
The SOG Pent Arc is a modern folding knife with a blade inspired by the spear point profiles of the past. This knife is built with a purpose. It is designed to be used by military and law enforcement for defensive carry in hostile or unknown situations.
The 4-inch bead-blasted blade is made from VG-10 stainless steel, an alloy that can be sharpened to a keen edge without becoming brittle. A fuller or blood groove down the middle of either side of the blade completes the look of a classic dagger while helping reduce the overall weight of the knife and increasing its intimidation factor.
Condor is well-known for its sturdy bushcrafting knives that can be put through the wringer. This fixed blade is no different. The 5-inch blade is made from 1075 high carbon steel, an alloy that strikes a balance between toughness and hardness while being easy to sharpen.
It’s very challenging to make a small knife that feels big when you hold it, but that’s precisely what our latest Badass Knife of the Week achieves.
The CRKT is a small and inexpensive knife with a big design that’s made to be put to work.
Designed by knifemaker Lucas Burnley, the Squid is inspired by the concept of a compact pistol — a device you can carry easily but also packs a big punch. It starts with the 2.15-inch drop point blade. The steel is functional 8Cr13MoV stainless steel, an alloy that won’t win awards but will sharpen easily and get the job done.