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Category: Badass Knife of the Week (page 1 of 14)

CRKT Foresight – Badass Knife of the Week

We can’t always predict what’s going to happen in the future. For those times, reach for the CRKT Foresight.

The Foresight is billed as an urban tactical folder with a powerful design ready to tackle all the unpredictability headed your way.

Its blade is just over 3.5 inches of black titanium nitride coated AUS 8 stainless steel, an alloy that’s easy to maintain. The blade comes to life with the flip of a tab and the IKBS ball-bearing opening system.

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Gerber Propel – Badass Knife of the Week

Get ready to propel yourself into a whole new world of usefulness and dependability with the Gerber Propel.

The Propel is one of Gerber’s American-made automatic knives that’s durable, deploys quickly and easily, and looks good in the process.

A 3.5-inch 420HC stainless steel blade features a tanto profile with a strong point and a swedge to facilitate its piercing capabilities. The partially serrated edge adds an extra layer of functionality as it can tear through rope and other fibrous material.

Of course, the real highlight of the Propel is the spring-loaded mechanism that fires the blade open with the push of the button. To close the knife, you simply have to press the button lock and push it shut. A safety switch prevents accidental opening in the pocket.

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Kershaw Clash – Badass Knife of the Week

There’s never been a better time to be in the market for a cheap but reliable folding knife for everyday carry. The latest Badass Knife of the Week is yet another entry into the “best for the money” category.

The Kershaw Clash is a solid and dependable assisted-opening knife with curves in all the right places.

Its 3.1-inch blade is made from functional 8Cr13MoV stainless steel with a bead-blasted finish. It’s also available in a black finish. The blade springs to life with the push of a flipper tab, which is aided by the SpeedSafe assisted-opening mechanism that will never let you down.

The edge of the knife has a big belly and a slight recurve to take down anything in its path. This version of the Clash features a two-step serration pattern on the lower half of the edge for more fibrous materials that need cutting.

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KA-BAR USN Mark I – Badass Knife of the Week

For the week of Memorial Day, we thought it would only be apt to pick a badass knife with a military history. There are so many to choose from, but the KA-BAR version of an old and iconic fixed blade was too hard to ignore.

The KA-BAR USN Mark 1 is an updated version of the fixed blade made for the U.S. Navy during World War II. The original Mark 1 had a design similar to existing hunting knives at the time and varied in specifications depending on the manufacturer making the knife for military use.

This version of the remake takes some liberties with the design to make the classic military knife more versatile and more durable. The 5.125-inch blade is made of 1095 Cro-Van carbon steel with a black coating to help increase its resistance to corrosion and damper the steel’s reflective properties.

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Ontario Utilitac II – Badass Knife of the Week

 

If you ask anyone what the best budget knife for the common man is, they will almost always point to the Ontario Knife Company RAT models. But our latest Badass Knife of the Week shows that Ontario has yet another contender for best budget folder.

The Ontario Utilitac II is an impressive folder that excels at its purpose as an inexpensive work knife you don’t have to think twice about using.

Designed by Joe Pardue — son of Mel Pardue of Griptilian fame and father of knife designer Robert Carter — the Utilitac II represents form and function over everything else.

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SOG Spec Elite II Auto – Badass Knife of the Week

Automatic knives are becoming more and more mainstream as laws prohibiting the carry of switchblades fall around the country. Now we all get to reap the benefits of a good automatic knife like the SOG Spec Elite II Auto.

The Spec Elite series from SOG was designed for military and law enforcement personnel as a back-up and versatile tool. Its simple design and functional construction show the intent of the knife.

The 4-inch drop point blade features a long slicey edge and is coated with hardcased black TiNi (titanium nitride). Not only does the coating help damper the reflective qualities of the steel but it also adds an extra layer of durability to the AUS-8 stainless steel.

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Smith & Wesson SWHRT3 Boot Knife – Badass Knife of the Week

The boot knife is an underrated type of fixed blade. Not only are they versatile and lightweight but they can also be carried in multiple ways.

Our latest Badass Knife of the Week is the perfect example. The Smith & Wesson SWHRT3 H.R.T. Boot Knife is a deceptively robust boot knife that you can conceal on your person without much effort.

The full tang blade stretches 3.5 inches long and features dual-sharpened edges that culminate in a piercing spear point. Its steel is functional 7Cr17 high carbon stainless steel, an alloy that’s resistant to corrosion and easy to maintain.

Using a black TPR (thermoplastic rubber) handle, the boot knife is comfortable to hold and stays in the hand when wielding.

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Spyderco Sage 5 – Badass Knife of the Week

 

The latest Badass Knife of the Week is the culmination of the iconic brand’s efforts to make the best all-around everyday carry knife.

Let’s back up a bit first. When Spyderco first came out with the Sage series of folding knives, they wanted to offer the same EDC-friendly design with different types of locking mechanisms to allow the user to choose which one they like best.

On all the knives in the series, the design is essentially the same. The leaf-shaped blade is 3 inches long, which makes it legal in most places and small enough for easy carry. S30V steel is often overlooked as other, newer steels have entered the market, but the alloy remains one of the best premium steels around.

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Cold Steel Master Hunter – Badass Knife of the Week

 

Can you really be a master hunter without a knife? Probably but a knife can be an essential tool to hunters.

The Cold Steel Master Hunter proves that carrying a well-designed and well-built hunting knife makes your life just so much easier.

The 4.5-inch drop point blade has a strong point. Although hunting knives are commonly clip point blades, the drop point profile offers its own advantages like excellent balance and functionality. This version of the Master Hunter has VG-1 San Mai III steel — laminated steel with a VG-1 core.

The edge is razor sharp and features a sharpening choil to get it back to shaving sharp easily after putting it through the ringer. The spine is 3/6-inch thick to help strengthen the blade.

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Boker Plus Kwaiken – Badass Knife of the Week

 

Boker calls the Kwaiken one of the most influential designs of the 21st century. While that may sound like hyperbole, it’s not too far from the truth.

The Boker Plus Kwaiken, designed by Lucas Burnley, took the concept of a functional and crisp knife that’s made to cut to the extreme. Based on the clean Japanese knives of old, this folding version of Burnley’s Kwaiken Classic fixed blade appeals to nearly everyone — from the groom at a wedding to law enforcement personnel.

The knife has a long and slender 3.5-inch blade that opens effortlessly with the flick of the flipper tab. A piercing point and a long cutting area make using this knife a dream. Its VG-10 stainless steel provides solid rust resistance and ease of sharpening.

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KA-BAR BK7 Becker Combat Utility – Badass Knife of the Week

 

Sometimes you just need a big honkin’ knife to get the job done. Enter the Badass Knife of the Week.

The KA-BAR BK7 Combat Utility Knife is billed as the ultimate, all-purpose fixed blade designed specifically for soldiers and hard-core adventurers. It does not disappoint.

When we say the knife is huge, we’re not joking. The BK7 comes in at a total length of 12.75 inches. The 7-inch clip point blade is made from 1095 Cro-Van steel, an alloy that’s easy to sharpen and takes tons of abuse. Black coating also helps the high carbon steel better stand up to the elements.

The blade has a few more things going in its favor. A swedge along the spine near the tip helps give the knife even more penetrative power. Jimping, a sharpening choil, and a flat grind are all little things often ignored on larger knives.

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Byrd Hawkbill – Badass Knife of the Week

 

When you want to try a Spyderco design without spending too much, you turn to Byrd Knives.

Byrd is a value-focused subbrand of Spyderco that features designs inspired by many of its iconic flagship models. The Hawkbill is a perfect example. Using the same handle shape and design of the Meadowlark 2, which itself is inspired by the handle of the Delica 4, this Byrd folder is an excellent entry option for a hawkbill blade folder.

The hawkbill profile has its roots in the commercial fishing industry where the curved tip and serrations help cut lines and fibrous materials in a pinch. The edge of this knife features the SpyderEdge, a two-step serration pattern that increases the edge’s surface area by 24 percent. The best part of the SpyderEdge is that it cuts and doesn’t just tear.

The 2.875-inch blade has the benefit of being great on the open waters but also providing a ferocious ally in life-threatening situations. It uses a variation of the Spyderco Round Hole that works in a similarly reliable fashion.

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Kershaw Barge – Badass Knife of the Week

 

There is really only one golden rule when it comes to knives: Don’t use your knives to pry!

If you pry with a knife, it’s going to break. That is unless you have the latest Badass Knife of the Week — the Kershaw Barge.

The Barge is an interesting little folder from Kershaw because it’s one of the rare knives with a dedicated pry bar at the butt of the knife. But instead of just being a pry bar with a blade or a blade with a pry bar, this knife excels at both tasks.

The modified Wharncliffe blade is 2.6 inches and opens manually with dual thumb studs. The 8Cr13MoV stainless steel with stonewashed finish won’t win any awards, but it gets the job done.

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Condor TK Garuda – Badass Knife of the Week

 

Garuda is a mythological king of birds in several Eastern cultures. It is believed that the eagle-like figure is a protector and watchful creature. It’s an apt name for a knife designed to be a used in the outdoors in all types of environments and situations.

The Condor Tool & Knife Garuda series has a few knives, but the one we’re highlighting has a 5-inch black traction powder-coated blade made from 1075 high carbon steel, an alloy that’s tough and takes an edge easily. Its drop-point profile is simple and effective.

Here’s a nice video review from Everyday Tactical Vids

Unlike many of the fixed blades from Condor, the Garuda features handsome Micarta scales with a pinned construction.

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SOG Flash II – Badass Knife of the Week

 

SOG built its name on producing top-of-the-line knives that excel in extreme situations. The company focused on fixed blades in its early days before jumping into the folding knife genre. The Flash II is the poster child of the company’s goal.

The Flash I became an instant hit among knife nuts everywhere after being called an “outstanding reference EDC” knife. Well, SOG managed to improve upon the highly acclaimed original Flash with a few upgrades.

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Spyderco Sage 1 – Badass Knife of the Week

 

A sage isn’t just someone who possesses wisdom but someone who transcends knowledge and strives for perfection. That’s what makes “sage” such a fitting name for our latest Badass Knife of the Week.

The Spyderco Sage represents a decades-long process of learning what makes the ideal everyday carry pocket knife. Because there is no such thing as a perfect knife (since each person has their own view of perfection), Spyderco set out to create a series of similar designs with different locking mechanisms.

The Sage 1 uses a Michael Walker liner lock, which has become one of the most ubiquitous locking mechanisms out there. The 3-inch blade opens with the patented Spyderco Round Hole and stays engaged with a steel liner you can disengage with your thumb.

Made from premium S30V steel, the leaf-shaped blade has a piercing point and curved belly for easy slicing.

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CRKT M21-14SFG Special Forces – Badass Knife of the Week

 

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.

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Boker Pen Knife – Badass Knife of the Week

 

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.

While Boker’s take on the traditional pen knife can still be used for dip pens, this 2-bladed pen knife with stag handles makes a classy and reliable all-around pocket knife.

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Kershaw Shuffle – Badass Knife of the Week

 

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.

A swedge on top of the blade helps increase its penetrating and slicing capabilities while the finger choil gives this small knife a more secure grip in hand.

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Cold Steel Ti-Lite – Badass Knife of the Week

 

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.

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