We’ve been doing the Badass Knife of the Week for four and a half years. We are currently up to 235 different knives being given the honor. So how did something so iconic and essential as the Spyderco Endura get passed up for so long? We beg for your forgiveness because this badass knife is an all-time classic.
The Spyderco Endura helped usher in a new era of affordable, tactical knives made right here in the United States of America. Released in 1990 as the larger brother of the Delica (which we did feature as the 11th Badass Knife ever), the Endura is in its fourth generation and nearly a perfect knife.
There is a Swiss Army Knife for everyone. If you’re that person who people turn to for a quick gadget repair or to help open a package, the Tinker is for you.
With the Tinker, you can be a jack of all trades and a master of everything. This small Swiss Army Knife is a mainstay of the Victorinox collection and remains one of the most popular models the storied company puts out.
The Tinker is a two-layer tool that features all the tools needed to tackle the basic tasks of everyday life.
This classic red version of the Tinker is only 3.5 inches when closed and holds 12 different tools: a large blade, small blade, can opener, three screwdrivers, bottle opener, wire stripper, reamer, toothpick, tweezers, and key ring.
Legend says that the Baer brothers of Imperial Schrade wanted to offer a knife that their grand-dad would carry. So, in 1959, the first line of Old Timer knives was officially put into production.
Despite its long history with highs and lows, the Old Timer brand continues to exist today by encompassing the spirit and dependability of the knives of old.
The latest Badass Knife of the Week is the perfect example.
The Old Timer 158OT Guthook Hunting Knife features a 3.5-inch guthook blade you can use to effortlessly process hide and body cavities on-the-spot, keeping meat clean and hairless and impressing a mark of craft on your work. Made from stainless steel, the blade is easy to sharpen and resists all types of stains and corrosion when used in wet situations.
When people think of versatile knives, they often think of folders. But what if I told you one of the most functional and useful everyday carry tools out there was a fixed blade push dagger? Well, the latest Badass Knife of the Week is here to make its case.
The Cold Steel Urban Edge is a surprisingly versatile and excellent all-around everyday carry tool. While the push dagger has its roots as a defensive weapon, it serves a function well beyond self-defense purposes.
The blade of the Urban Edge is only 2.5 inches. This version features one side with a plain edge and another side with a serrated edge. A different edge on each side gives you the best of both worlds — allowing you to cleanly cut a box with one side and cut some rope with the other.
The Gerber 06 automatic folder has quickly risen through the ranks as one of the best switchblades for military and civilian carry. Unfortunately, knife laws in many states make it difficult to buy and carry automatic knives.
That’s where the latest Badass Knife of the Week comes in.
The Gerber 06 FAST is not just an assisted-opening version of the renowned 06 but also comes in at a significantly reduced price point. Despite lowering the cost of the knife, it retains the design that makes it so beloved.
Schrade has been through a lot the last two decades. The brand has changed hands a few times yet still makes some cheap and reliable knives. One of the best examples is the latest Badass Knife of the Week.
The Schrade SCHF16 is an inexpensive fixed blade that can do it all — whether you wear it as a neck knife around town or take it on an excursion into the woods.
This 4.6-ounce general utility knife comes in at an overall length of 7 inches. The black-coated blade itself is 3.1 inches and made from 9Cr18MoV high carbon stainless steel, a budget alloy that is easy to sharpen and resists corrosion.
Case is an institution almost as American as apple pie and baseball.
These are the kinds of knives your great granddad used to carry out into the fields during harvest. They’re the kind of knives your dad whittled on the porch with as a kid. And they’re the kind of knife you can carry to a black-tie event.
What makes the Mini Copperlock stand out from some of the other Case knives is that it has a backlock mechanism. Slipjoints have a time and a place, but when the job requires just too much force, a locking folder is safer.
The Dragotac series from Bastinelli Creations has been popular over the years — both custom and factory versions. One of the most common requests submitted to Bastinelli Creations is for the Dragotac to be available in a non-locking version.
The friction folding version of the Dragotac is every bit as functional and sexy as its locking counterpart. The 3.1-inch blade features a modified Wharncliffe blade profile. Unlike the traditional Wharncliffe blade, the edge is slightly curved to provide better cutting ability; however, the blade retains the piercing power of the Wharncliffe.
The satin-finished blade is made with N690Co stainless steel, an alloy that holds a better edge and provides better stain resistance than comparable steels. Jimping along the spine gives a more reliable grip for finer tasks.
Some companies make knives that should be kept in a safe, only brought out under dimmed lighting and handled with gloves. Other companies, like KA-BAR, make knives that are meant to be worked and beaten mercilessly.
The perfect example of this kind of knife is the KA-BAR MULE.
Standing for Military, Utility and Law Enforcement, the MULE is the very definition of a workhorse knife. It features a sturdy 3.875-inch black-coated blade made from functional AUS 8A stainless steel, a reliable lockback mechanism, and a nearly indestructible black Zytel handle.
But we’re getting a little ahead of ourselves. KA-BAR describes this heavy-duty tool as the folding knife’s answer to the traditional KA-BAR fixed blade. While no folder can ever compare to a fixed blade as storied as the KA-BAR, the MULE has proven time and again that it can take pretty much anything you throw at it.