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.
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.
With all the new fangled knife designs these days, it’s hard to keep track of what trends are in and what trends are out. If you’re tired of following the fads, it’s time to stick with a design that’s tried and true like our latest Badass Knife of the Week.
The design of the Uncle Henry LB5 Smokey folder first appeared in 1981 as a simple folder that carried the same class and functionality as knives from the 1800s.
Jesper Voxnaes is one of the hottest knife designers around. He’s best known for his intuitive folders and small fixed blades that are simple and functional. In our latest Badass Knife of the Week, Voxnaes focused on putting his signature design elements on a large fixed blade.
Voxnaes’ attempt at making a functional outdoor knife culminated in the popular Boker Plus Rold fixed blade. Coming in at an overall length of 11 inches, the large camp knife has so much going in its favor.
The 6.2-inch blade is thoroughly considered for maximum usage. The blade boasts a flat grind that cuts like no one’s business while the drop point profile offers superb versatility. Despite its large blade, Voxnaes gives more control to the user with a finger choil that allows you to choke up on the blade for finer tasks.
The EDC knife these days has ballooned in size and price. Some knives touted as everyday carry tools boast 3.5-inch blades and shocking pricetags. Well, our latest Badass Knife of the Week shows a small EDC folder at a reasonable price is still an excellent option.
The Kershaw Amplitude 2.5 is a small pocket knife designed by Todd Rexford, a knifemaker known for his clean lines and understated looks.
Featuring a 2.5-inch blade, the Amplitude 2.5 comes in at an overall length of 6 inches when fully open. Despite the smaller size and low profile, the knife is designed to slice. The blade bursts open every time using the SpeedSafe assisted-opening mechanism. The steel is 8Cr13MoV, a working steel that’s easy to maintain.
In the grand scheme of things, the OKC-3S is a relatively recent design that outperformed nearly three dozen other knives submitted for evaluation to the Marine Corps. This multipurpose bayonet was the best in just about every category, which is why it was issued to Marines starting in the early 2000s.
The puukko is an old and basic fixed blade design that’s been used in the Nordic countries as an everyday knife for hunting and gardening. Cold Steel decided to put its own twist on the classic design with the Finn Wolf.
The Cold Steel Finn Wolf is a folding version of the Finnish puukko knife with a true Scandi grind and modern flourishes, like the Tri-Ad lock and Griv-Ex handle scales.
The blade itself is 3.5 inches long and is made of Japanese AUS 8A stainless steel, an alloy that’s resistant to rust and easy to sharpen. Without any microbevel, the edge is a true Scandi grind. This makes the blade excellent at woodworking and other outdoor tasks.
The Swabbie is a long fixed blade that’s based off the curved short sword known as the scimitar. The blade stretches 12.5 inches and is made of 1095 Cro-Van steel, a popular steel among KA-BAR fixed blades. The scimitar blade shape is surprisingly versatile with a deep slicing belly and a piercing point.
The Spyderco Paramilitary 2 is widely hailed as one of the best pocket knives ever made. For a long time, knife nuts demanded a smaller version of the iconic knife. Sal and Eric Glesser finally answered with the Para 3.
The Para 3 uses the same basic design of the PM2 but distills its essence into a smaller package. With a blade at just under 3 inches, the Para 3 uses the same shape and S30V blade as the original PM2.
The Badass Knife of the Week is a simplified fixed blade with a wicked design that you can carry securely around your neck.
Modeled after the claws of big cats in Southeast Asia, the Schrade SCH111 is as ferocious as it sounds. This karambit-styled knife is designed by Joshua Waggoner and features a 2.97-inch blade made from 9Cr18MoV stainless steel with a hawkbill curve.