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A collection of the best knives on the planet.

Smith & Wesson Extreme Ops Folder – Knife of the Week

Sometimes you just need a knife you can beat down, a knife you don’t have to worry about babying, a knife that’s simultaneously dependable and disposable.

That knife is the Smith & Wesson Extreme Ops.

This liner locking folder is part of Smith & Wesson’s Extreme Ops series of well-built yet inexpensive EDC knives. This model has a 3.22-inch drop-point blade made from 7Cr17MoV high carbon stainless steel. It’s an alloy that’s easy to sharpen when it becomes dull.

The blade opens easily via dual thumb studs and locks into place with a liner lock.

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Benchmade Mediator – Knife of the Week

What do you get when you combine the best parts of Benchmade’s best knives to create one super auto?

You get the Benchmade Mediator.

The Benchmade Mediator is a knife we affectionately refer to as a Frankenstein folder (or Frankenstein’s monster folder for you sticklers).

The Mediator features a 3.3-inch black-coated blade made from premium S90V stainless steel. It uses a reverse tanto blade shape that takes cues from the iconic 940 Osborne. The shape is versatile and unique.

Benchmade also wanted to capture the speed and force of the Infidel’s opening mechanism in the knife, so they made this a side-firing automatic that’s lightning fast.

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Cold Steel Kiridashi – Knife of the Week

The kiridashi is a centuries-old fixed blade with an angular design from Japan. Almost resembling an Xacto knife, the kiridashi was essentially the EDC of the Japanese people, being used for everything from carving to opening boxes.

Cold Steel took the concept of the fixed-blade utility knife and turned it into something more modern and carryable.

The result is the Cold Steel Kiridashi.

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Spyderco Canis – Knife of the Week

Need a no-nonsense folder for personal protection? Look no further than the Spyderco Canis.

The Canis is designed by Kelly McCann, who is one of the world’s leading experts in counterterrorism, close combat, personal security, and antiterrorism.

McCann’s extensive knowledge of security is perfectly reflected in the thoughtfully designed Canis.

The most notable part of the Canis is its blade. It uses S30V stainless steel and a uniquely designed blade shape with a method to its madness.

The Wharncliffe-style edge is perfect for self-defense (you can thank Spyderco’s Michael Janich for helping popularize the Wharnie as a self-defense blade with his Yojimbo). The Canis also has narrow bevels and a reinforced tip for extra strength when slashing and piercing.

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CRKT Bamboozled – Knife of the Week

CRKT Bamboozled

When your father is a legend, it’s easy to shrink into the shadows. It takes a special person to rise to the occasion and make themself stand out.

That’s exactly what Ken Onion Jr, the son of the iconic Ken Onion, is setting out to do with his first production folder for CRKT. For more of the best CRKT knives, check out our top 10 list here.

The CRKT Bamboozled is a compelling design that carries on the legacy of the Onion name perfectly.

Like any good Onion knife, Kenny’s Bamboozled somehow blends modernity with classic and budget builds with a premium feel.

The D2 blade is 3.34 inches with a drop-point profile that flips open using an assisted-opening mechanism and an IKBS ball-bearing pivot.

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KA-BAR Modified Tanto – Knife of the Week

 KA-BAR Modified Tanto

No knife is more iconic than the KA-BAR.

Even though the original is still going as strong as ever, it’s always nice to give worthy knives an update or alternative design.

That’s exactly what happened with the KA-BAR Modified Tanto.

KA-BAR took the original design of the old fighting knife and added some elements to make it more modern.

This version of the fixed blade trades the stacked leather handle for a Kraton G handle. This synthetic material can withstand almost anything you throw at it and conforms to the hand even better.

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Kershaw Interstellar – Knife of the Week

Kershaw Interstellar

Plenty of knives look the same, feel the same, and work the same. For those times you want something that’s more unconventional, reach for the Kershaw Interstellar.

The Interstellar is a fun knife with a unique-opening mechanism. It boasts a manual out-the-front blade with a tactically inspired design that’s sure to turn heads.

Its blade is 2.7 inches and uses a modified tanto profile. This is a great blade shape for utility purposes, like opening boxes. A partially serrated edge also increases its overall functionality.

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Cold Steel Ultimate Hunter – Knife of the Week

Cold Steel Ultimate Hunter

The folding hunter is an iconic knife design that almost every knife company has tried to mimic. But instead of making a carbon copy of the classic 110, Cold Steel decided to forgo tradition and make a folding hunter that’s modern and better.

The result is the Cold Steel Ultimate Hunter.

Cold Steel skips the tired clip-point blade profile of the other folding hunters and opts for a drop-point blade, a profile Bob Loveless popularized for its versatility as a hunter.

Its 3.5-inch blade uses premium S35VN steel with a bead-blasted finish and a full-flat grind. It essentially makes the Ultimate Hunter a folding version of Bob Loveless’ beloved fixed-blade hunter.

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Gerber StrongArm – Knife of the Week

Gerber StrongArm

Gerber knives can be hit-or-miss, but there is one fixed blade that not only stands above other Gerber fixed blades but also competes as one of the best outdoor knives, period.

Take a look at the Gerber StrongArm.

The coyote iteration of the Gerber StrongArm was a Knife of the Week way back in 2016, but this all-black version of the beloved knife is even better.

If you want to see all iterations of the Gerber StrongArm, click here.

So what makes the StrongArm such a formidable knife? It starts with the simple yet perfect 4.8-inch drop point blade. Made from 420HC steel with a black Cerakote coating, the blade is versatile and outrageously functional.

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Spyderco Paramilitary 2 in Micarta & Cru-Wear – Knife of the Week

Spyderco Paramilitary 2 in Micarta

When you talk about the best knives of all time, only a few models jump out: the Buck 110, Swiss Army knife, KA-BAR, and Spyderco Paramilitary 2.

In terms of modernity and functionality, the Paramilitary 2 (also known affectionately as the PM2) is truly the apex of the knife world.

Because of its popularity, the PM2 is available in tons of variations. However, Spyderco finally made the definitive version of the best knife of all time.

Take a look at the Spyderco Paramilitary 2 in Micarta and Cru-Wear.

It features the beloved 3.47-inch blade that locks securely with the unparalleled Compression Lock. It was also named one of the best Spyderco knives.

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