For a company known for its tactical knives and fixed blade Bowie designs, it might be surprising that one of its best models is a relatively unassuming folder.
But that’s exactly what this Badass Knife of the Week is.
The SOG Twitch II is an excellent everyday carry option that won’t win awards for innovation or style but gets the job done without hesitation.
You’d be hard-pressed to find someone better at making functional outdoor fixed blades than the great Ethan Becker.
Just take a look at the KA-BAR BK16 Short Becker, for example.
The Short Becker is a moderately sized fixed blade you can feel comfortable taking on all your outdoor adventures.
The sway back is a traditional knife design with curves from tip to butt. Who better to create a modern version of the classic knife than Mr. Curves himself — Ken Onion.
The CRKT Swindle updates the classic design with a few modern marvels, including a blade that springs to life using a flipper tab and IKBS ball-bearing pivot system and a frame lock.
The knife’s 3.2-inch blade features surprisingly subtle curves for an Onion design that’s almost a cross between a drop point and Wharncliffe blade profile. This allows for a nice cutting belly along with a piercing point.
Using functional 8Cr14MoV steel, the blade locks in place securely with a frame lock. The handle itself is stainless steel and provides a nice weight to the knife.
George Sears was an early conservationist and a pioneer of ultralight backpacking. Writing under the pen name “Nessmuk” in the 1880s for what would later become Field & Stream, he extolled the virtues of carrying a trio of outdoor tools, which included a fixed blade that could do it all.
That fixed blade has since become a generic design that’s simply known as the Nessmuk. Few companies make a Nessmuk better than Condor Tool & Knife.
This Nessmuk boasts a nearly 4-inch blade made from 1075 high carbon steel. The unusual blade shape lends itself more to skinning but it works well as an all-around bushcrafting knife.
Finding a solid everyday carry knife you can use reliably at work that doesn’t cost an arm and a leg is no easy task. Fortunately for you, our Badass Knife of the Week is that knife.
The Kershaw Link is the missing link between cheap foreign-made knives and expensive premium knives not meant to be used.
Featuring the product number 1776, the Link is an American-made knife with a 3.25-inch drop point blade made from 420HC stainless steel, a very capable workhorse steel that’s easy to maintain.
The simplified blade springs to life with the help of a flipper tab and the reliable SpeedSafe assisted-opening mechanism. A liner lock keeps it engaged.
House cats are known as soft and cuddly little domestic pets, but the truth is they wouldn’t be opposed to eating your eyes and limbs once you die. That’s when house cats tap into the dark side of their ancestors — the wildcat.
The Boker Plus Wildcat shares many commonalities with the notoriously difficult to tame wildcats of Europe. The Wildcat is adaptable, fierce, and impossible to nail down.
Designed by Boris Manasherov, the Wildcat is a folding karambit inspired by the claws of the bigs cats in the jungles of Indonesia. The 2.8-inch blade is made from D2 steel and opens softly with the help of an oval thumb hole or quickly with a flipper tab. Ball bearings make either option smooth as butter.
You could do much worse than keeping a Smith & Wesson in your boot. Luckily for you, the knives and accessories of the legendary personal safety brand have been the constant companions of law enforcement officers, military servicemen and women, emergency workers, and other brave souls for centuries.
This fixed blade boot knife is no exception.
Standing for Hostage Rescue Team, the H.R.T. Tanto Boot Knife is designed for the toughest tasks. The 4.75-inch tanto blade is 7Cr17MoV high carbon stainless steel, which is easy to sharpen and resist corrosion. Black coating on the blade not only reduces the reflection of the steel but also adds extra protection.
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.