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Best Rescue Knives

Disaster can strike anytime anywhere.

Your car might suddenly careen off the road before landing upside down in a creek or your clothing could get trapped in an escalator unexpectedly.

In either situation, only a knife can save you from certain doom. While any knife can save someone in a pinch, manufacturers have seized on the opportunity to create models specifically designed to aid in a rescue.

So we compiled a list of 20 of the best rescue knives. These come in all designs and styles, from small folders to massive fixed blades.

Take a look and let us know your favorites.

1. Kershaw Funxion

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The Kershaw Funxion EMT is an updated version of the knife with a feature-rich design. The knife comes with a 3-inch partially serrated blade that deploys with the SpeedSafe assisted-opening mechanism.

Hidden within the K-texture GFN handle is a carabiner clip, hex wrench, cord cutter, glass breaker tip, and screwdriver tip. This is a nice multitool to carry that would come in handy in the event of an emergency. This knife is particularly useful for an EMT or medic.

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2. Spyderco Assist

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Spyderco makes some bizarre knives, but there’s no denying they’re great at their job. The Assist is no exception.

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Most Expensive Models From 20 Popular Brands

This post was originally published in 2019 and updated in 2021.

Knife collecting is a rich man’s game.

Although you can have a robust collection of great knives without putting out a second mortgage on your house or doing Uber as a side hustle to pay your knife addiction, you have to spend quite a bit to really get all the tiers of knives, even from the name brands.

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10 Best Tactical Knives

With 2020 behind us, sports enthusiasts, outdoorsmen (and women), and those interested in tactical gear set their sights on the best 2021 has to offer.

In this guide, we take you on a deep dive into the best tactical knives of 2021. From work to recreation and play to even self-defense, the right gear can make all the difference.

Find out why knife enthusiasts are raving about this year’s top picks.

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20 Knife Gift Ideas Under $100

This post was updated in 2020.

Our suggestions for gift ideas at certain price ranges continues with 20 knife gift ideas under $100.

This list only features knives in the $50 to $100 price range. If you’re interested in the $20 to $50 range, check out our 20 knife gift ideas under $50 post. For prices under that, check out our 20 knife gift ideas under $20.

These recommendations cover the full gamut of styles, designs, and functions, so if you can’t find something to your satisfaction, you’re trying too hard.

1. Spyderco Para 3 Lightweight

The first few iterations of this list featured the iconic Benchmade Mini Griptilian here. Unfortunately, rising prices have pushed this still great knife off the list. But the replacement may be a better overall knife.

The Para 3 Lightweight is a new offering from Spyderco with a great design, quality materials, and is made in the United States. The blade is under two inches and locks into place with the Compression Lock.

2. Spyderco Delica 4

Spyderco makes a ton of great knives at a budget cost, but for a true representation of the quality and design elements of the brand (aside from the first knife on this list), there’s the Delica. This is a truly beloved knife from the knife community because of its versatile size, excellent construction, and interesting design.

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20 Knife Gift Ideas Under $50

Note: Post updated in 2020.

If you’re like me, trying to find a gift is the worst. Fortunately, for you, helping you find the perfect gift is part of my job.

I’ve written about 20 different knife-related gifts for under $20 with some great options. But, if your budget for a good friend or little brother is a little higher, we got you covered.

Here are 20 knife-related gift ideas for under $50. These include some of the best-sellers at Knife Depot and products people have been excited about recently.

1. Spyderco Efficient

When we first made this list a few years back, the Spyderco Tenacious was one of the top picks for knives under $50, but its price just recently went over the $50 mark.

However, there’s a knife dubbed the Tenacious killer that’s just as good (if not better) that comes in under $50: the Spyderco Efficient.

The Efficient has a smaller 3-inch blade but it feels just as big as the larger Tenacious thanks to a finger choil and excellent grip.

2. Kershaw Reverb

The Reverb is an interesting little knife. This futuristic-looking folder was named one of the top sellers of 2017 by Knife News, and it’s not hard to see why. The small 2.5-inch blade is versatile and its machined recess allows for easy, one-handed opening.

A combo G-10 and carbon fiber handle adds some texture to the grip while a carabiner in the back allows for versatile carry. The best part about this knife is you can really take it anywhere you go.

3. Schrade Old Timer 6OT Golden Bear

From the modern to the classic, the next item under $50 is the Old Timer 6OT Golden Bear from Schrade. I’ve always been a big fan of Old Timer knives — the saw cut Delrin handles and the brass bolsters/pins give this knife a look that harkens back to the days of old.

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20 Knife Gift Ideas For Under $20

Note: Post updated in 2020.

Finding a gift for someone is stress, whether it’s a small Christmas gift for a coworker, a graduation gift for your little brother, or a present for Father’s Day.

But don’t worry; we have your back with a good knife.

Here’s a look at 20 easy knife-related gift ideas that are sure to get some genuine smiles and thanks. The best part is that everything’s under $20.

1. HallMark Money Clip

We’ll start with an easy one—the HallMark Money Clip. This is one of our bestsellers at the moment. Why? This is an excellent all-around EDC tool with the dual purpose of being a money clip. That alone makes this gift a no-brainer.

It’s one of the least expensive knives on this list too.

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2. Kershaw Shuffle

Kershaw makes a darn good knife, and you can see its eye for design with the Kershaw Shuffle. This $19.99 knife is an excellent stocking stuffer thanks to its compact design. But this hugely popular knife isn’t just for show. It’s a tough utility knife with a built-in bottle opener and screwdriver/lanyard hole in the handle. The interesting K-texture is grippy and durable.

The Shuffle comes in a few different colors, but our favorite aside from the standard model featured here is the Black Shuffle.

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3. Cold Steel Karambit

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You can get more than just folders for under $20 too. Check out the Cold Steel FGX Grivory Karambit. The karambit is designed after the claws of large cats found in the jungles of Indonesia. It’s primarily a fighting or self-defense tool, but it also makes a great addition to any collection.

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9 Spyderco Knives to Consider Buying in 2020

You may not know it, but every manufacturer sure does: The knife industry is no joke.

Business is booming, so endless brands are competing for your buck. No matter how many times you’ve shopped, if you’re really a knife fan, you’re not sticking to one brand. Naturally, you try as many as you can.

So before you choose your next knife, you have to decide. But there are so many brands out there—how do you choose?

Don’t even worry about it. This is what you want right now: Spyderco knives.

These are the facts: For over 40 years, Spyderco has been an innovator. Offering the best in both form and function, they’re a knife fan’s dream.

Now that you know your brand, what model will you choose? Whether you’re new or a seasoned expert, it’s vital to get all the opinions you can before you make a purchase.

To help you out, here’s a list of nine of the best Spyderco knives to buy in 2020.

1. Paramilitary 2

The Spyderco Paramilitary 2 is arguably the best Spyderco knife out there. It’s gotten rave reviews from knife lovers everywhere, and here’s why:

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  • The Paramilitary 2 is beyond easy to open and hold
  • Its full flat ground blade makes for effortless cutting
  • It’s become a basic necessity for any knife aficionado; you don’t want to be caught without one

2. Dragonfly 2 Salt

Do you spend a lot of time around water? Will you be bringing your knife on a boat?

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11 of the Best Bowie Knives to Buy and Use

You know how frustrating it is not to have the right knife for the job. The best Bowie knives around can be used for skinning, cutting meat, and hacking through branches.

There are a lot of bad quality Bowie knives on the market. Cheap, low-quality steel and bad workmanship are rife. We’re here to help you find only high quality Bowie knives.

Owning the best Bowie knife you can will help you whenever you’re outdoors. They’ve got a truly incredible range of uses for the modern outdoorsman. Whether you’re a hiker or love heading out on hunting trips, a strong, full tang Bowie knife can change your life.

Want to learn which knives are worth your time, and which belong in the trash? Read on, and stay sharp!

11. The SOG Super SOG Bowie Fixed Blade SB1-TL

One of the best American-made Bowie Knives, this is one incredible knife. The 7.5 inch blade is extremely sturdy, and the leather handle provides fantastic grip.

The balance is great, and it’s made of strong AUS-8 steel. This knife isn’t cheap, retailing at $199.99, but it’s worth every penny.

10. Cold Steel Natchez Bowie

Another Bowie knife made in the USA, the Natchez is a fantastic option. The blade measures nearly 12 inches, and is made of O-1 carbon steel.

Its handle is made of polished Micarta, which gives solid grip. While not as luxurious-feeling as the Super SOG, it’s a very good option.

9. Buck 124 Heritage Frontiersman

Buck is about as trusted a name in knives as you can get. The full tang Buck 124 Heritage Frontiersman Bowie knife is a fantastic compact option: the 420HC blade measures in at just 6.25 inches.

The knife is sturdy enough for any use you care to name. It’s well-balanced, and the Micarta grip looks classy. It’s cheap too, costing just $149.99.

8. Winchester 14.25″ Bowie Knife

For those on a budget, this monster Winchester Bowie knife is worth a look. It may lack some of the features found on more expensive knives, but its construction is solid.

The huge stainless steel blade can take a beating, but we wouldn’t recommend using it for leverage. This knife is lacking a full tang, so requires a bit more care. Stainless steel also needs a bit more care when sharpening, so bear that in mind.

It’s surprisingly well balanced, though, and also has an impressive pricetag of just $39.99.

7. Ka-Bar Becker BK9

Easily one of the best bowie knives on the market, the BK9 sits at the sweet spot of price and quality. Its nine-inch 1095 Cro-Van 9-steel blade has been thoroughly tested to ensure it withstands anything.

The handle is made of lightweight Grivory, making using this knife a joy. The blade has also been coated in epoxy powder, to add corrosion resistance. All of these features don’t demand a high pricetag: the BK9 costs $124.99.

6. Muela Magnum

This is a knife for those with a taste for the finer things. The Spanish-made Muela Magnum features a handle made of genuine Red Stag antler, which feels like heaven in the hand. The blade is made of 440 chrome-vanadium-molybdenum steel, and is supremely durable.

The handcrafted sheath that comes bundled with the Magnum is the icing on the cake. A heavy, exceptionally well-made knife, the Magnum is Bowie knife royalty.

5. Ontario Spec Plus Raider Bowie

Much like the BK9, the Raider Bowie knife is inspired by our armed forces. Coated in epoxy resin to reduce shine and corrosion, the beefy 9.75 inch blade is seriously strong.

The handle is made of Kraton and gives superb grip. It’s as sturdy as the blade, too, and its pommel can be used as a makeshift hammer.

It’s weighty, seriously tough, and incredibly well-made. There may be more expensive knives, but this is one of the best Bowie knives for value around.

4. Ka-Bar Heavy-Duty Warthog

The Heavy-Duty Warthog is an odd-looking Bowie, but it’s superb at what it does. That being, going for a long time between sharpenings and being used near-constantly. If you want a truly tough knife, this is the best Bowie knife on the market.

The 6.75-inch blade might bear more resemblance to a cleaver than a traditional Bowie, but it can be used as one just the same. The Kraton handle is just as tough as the blade, and can really take a beating.

For under $60, this blade makes a superb knife for any outdoorsman.

3. Schrade SCHF45 Leroy Full-Tang

Priced at just $52, you might not have high expectations for the Schrade SCHF45. You’d be wrong.

The 10-inch blade is heavy enough for any use you’d care to name, and is very well-made. The handle is made of TPE, which, while not a top-class material, is far from terrible. The finger grooves are a very nice feature.

Sharp, cheap, and well-made, this knife offers amazing value.

2. Case Cutlery White Hunter

If you’re looking for a unique Bowie knife, they don’t come much more distinctive than the White Hunter. Its characteristic white polymer handle is eye-catching, while providing solid grip.

The Tru-Sharp blade is absolutely incredible, too. One of the sharpest Bowie knives around, this baby can cut through anything with ease. It’s mirror-polished too, adding to the stylish look of the knife.

Easy to sharpen, incredibly good-looking, and very practical, this knife will have pride of place in any collection.

1. Ka-Bar Full-Size US Army Knife

The world-famous Ka-bar Bowie knife is one of the best all-rounders on the market. It has to be, developed into its current legendary form by generations of servicemen.

If you need to build shelters, skin game, or even fight off a predatory animal, then this is the knife for you. Don’t let its reputation as a fighting knife put you off. It’s just as practical for the great outdoors.

For under $100, this knife offers practicality, strength, and high build quality.

What Do You Think Are the Best Bowie Knives?

We’re curious to hear what you think are the best Bowie knives on the market today. Which knives do you trust? Let us know in the comments; we’d love to hear from you!

Got any other questions? Get in touch with us!

How To Choose The Best Pocket Knife For You: A First-Time Buyer’s Guide

Buying your first pocket knife?

Purchasing one can seem intimidating if it’s your first time. Some people assume pocket knives are all the same but they’re not! There are so many factors to consider if you want to buy the best pocket knife for your specific needs.

Take a deep breath; we’re here to help you out. Check out our guide below for 8 crucial steps to get the best folding knife:

1. How Many Blades?

One of the first things you have to figure out is whether you want one blade, two, or more. This decision heavily alters all other factors and this is why we’re looking at it first.

A knife with a single blade gives you optimal functionality but for one purpose. You’ll get a dedicated carving knife, a dedicated hunting knife, and so on.

Getting multiple blades works the other way around. Swiss knives a Jack-of-All-Trades deal. They’re good at multiple tasks but none of the blades are strong enough to be your ideal choice.

If you’re out hunting, a single blade is all you need. If you need a knife for odd repairs, then a Swiss knife with different blades and small tools is a better fit.

2. Carrying It Around

Decided whether you want a single blade or a multi-blade knife? Congratulations, now you have to figure out how to carry it.

Take a moment to read pocketknife reviews and videos before buying. Look for any indications of how the knife locks to your pocket or belt.

Smaller pocket knives often don’t come with clips but they’re easy to slide loosely into your pocket. Larger knives use clips and this ensures they don’t weigh down on your pockets. The best pocket knife should satisfy both aesthetics and comfort demands so consider which carrying style suits your tastes.

3. Open and Lock Systems

These are some of the most important aspects to consider. When you buy pocket knife products, take time to first learn the legalities of the opening system in your area.

Some places, like in the UK, don’t allow people to carry a fully-automatic system. In the US, it differs from state to state.

There are three main types: manual open, automatic open, and semi-automatic open.

Manual knives are the old-fashioned designs in which you have to pull the blade out of the fold, requiring two hands. Semi-automatics require you to pull the blade out a bit before it pops out. Automatic open simply require a button press to open the blade and lock it steadily in place.

Also, consider the locking system too. Frame locks, liner locks, and lock-backs determine you can use the knife with one hand or two.

4. Blade Size

If this is your first pocket knife, don’t forget to look at the length of the blade too. Smaller blades are great for light tasks and are likely legal anywhere you go. Medium to large blades are heavier and you may run into legal issues depending on local laws regarding weapons and dangerous tools.

The blade’s length also determines the kind of work it can tackle. Smaller blades are great for tasks in tight spaces and those that need a fragile touch. Larger blades won’t work well for those cases but they’re the better choice for heavy-duty work.

5. Knife Material

When it comes to materials and build of the blade, it boils down to two main options: carbon and stainless steel. There are also high-carbon stainless steel knives and alloys of different mixtures.

Carbon and stainless steel reign supreme due to their durability. To determine a knife’s hardness, ask for its HRC rating. HRC refers to the Rockwell C scale and many consider it more accurate compared to the Mohs scale, which measures resistance.

There is one thing to take note: if you find a pocket knife built from alloy steel, look for a specific list of the metals used. If the knife simply states “stainless steel” with no HRC rating or popular brand, don’t buy it.

6. The Knife Edge

Do you need to cut rope or something similarly tough? Get a pocket knife with a serrated edge. If you need a pocket knife for smooth slicing or push cutting, get a knife with a plain edge.

If you’re not sure or if you might need both edges, get a pocket knife that has both. Some hunting knives have a plain edge along the upper half, close to the tip, and a serrated edge closer to the handle.

7. The Knife Handle

A good edge and a quick open/lock system won’t do you good if the handle isn’t up to standards. Consider the size of the handle with your hands and look around for something with an ergonomic design as this guarantees a comfortable grip.

You should also consider the handle materials.

Bone and wood are the classic choices but you can find pocket knives that use plastic capable of emulating their style and feel. Composite materials and metal are available too and these offer a more contemporary look.

The design matters too. Karambit pocket knives, which originated from the Philippines and Indonesia, have a large loop so you can lock your thumb or small finger. This ensures people can’t slap it off your hand.

Other designs focus on multi-tasking convenience or durability.

8. Price Matters

Now you have to look at pocket knives that fit the previous seven categories and your budget.

How much are pocket knives? Fortunately, pocket knives come in a wide assortment of price ranges, meaning you’re bound to find something that fits your needs and budget. You can find something below $25 and some that go over $100.

Get the Best Pocket Knife Today!

It’s easy to find the best pocket knife once you go through this list and narrow down exactly what you want. The next step is to look for knives that fit all these criteria.

The good news is you’re in luck. We have a wide selection of pocket knives. If you’re having trouble finding what you need, don’t hesitate to message us and let us help you sort things out.

Roundup of the Best 2019 April Fools Jokes

Another April Fools Day is behind us and so are a bunch of hilarious jokes companies and brands pulled.

Instead of moving on, we thought it’d be funny to take a look back at all the best knife-related jokes and pranks for April Fools Day 2019. Here are the main ones we saw and enjoyed. Let us know your favorites in the comments.

Victorinox Survival Rx Glasses

 

I admit that this one initially got me. First because it was sent out in an email on March 29 and second because it’s something I’d actually buy.

Victorinox teased special edition Survival Rx reading glasses with built-in tools like those found in a Swiss Army Knife. There were scissors, a bottle opener, tweezers, a toothpick, and a corkscrew that come off the frames of the glasses.

They even made a video in conjunction with GlassesUSA.com. Check it out:

As a glasses-wearer and daily carrier of a Swiss Army Knife, I was excited to see something like this. Sure, it’s crazy but then I saw the price tag starting at $129 and knew it was a fake.

Still, good idea and great execution. Well done Victorinox and GlassesUSA.com.

Blade Magazine Finds Original Bowie

Blade Magazine is not above having some fun on April Fools Day either.

On April 1, they tweeted this:

Anyone who follows the magazine knows that the original Bowie knife has been an elusive treasure that has yet to be found. Could this finally be it?

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