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The Main Differences Between a Knife and a Dagger You Must Know About

Bladed tools have been used all throughout history, and range from weapons to something you’d find in your average household.

The terms ‘knife’ and ‘dagger’ are often used interchangeably. But, there’s a handful of differences between the two that not everyone is aware of.

Not sure where to start? Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered.

Let’s take a look at everything you need to know about a knife and a dagger.

The Two By Definition

As previously mentioned, many people tend to think of a knife and a dagger as the same object. But, given the unique characteristics of each, there’s a clear difference between the two:

  • A knife is seen more as a tool (such as for cooking, cutting rope, etc.)
  • A dagger is designed with self-defense or combat in mind and has more tactical uses

Let’s explore the main differences between each and how they affect the object’s overall utility.

The Overall Design

Both knives and daggers have their specific uses, but they aren’t always obvious. In fact, it can be difficult for someone inexperienced to tell what either one is supposed to be used for other than cutting.

Luckily, all it takes is a closer look to find out for yourself.

Knives

Although similar in shape (and sometimes size) to a dagger, knives are manufactured to be far safer to use. These design specifications are what makes something like a butterknife a relatively harmless household utensil.

The first difference you’ll notice is that only one side of the knife is sharp. The other side is often blunt and is safe to touch with your bare hands (and you might even need to do so for better leverage while cutting).

Knives are also thicker than daggers, which can sometimes make it difficult to make smaller cuts.

Daggers

Daggers, on the other hand, are specifically manufactured for combat. Both edges of the blade are sharp, and the metal is relatively thin, which allows the user to thrust accurately toward the intended target.

The grip of a dagger is also designed to be held firmly in either hand with relative ease. In a combat scenario, dropping your weapon is often something that leads to dire consequences.

Lastly, you’ll notice that daggers are lighter than knives, making them easier to conceal and brandish.

In pre-firearm eras, daggers were also used as the weapon of choice for political assassinations, as was evident during the assassination of Julias Caesar.

The Variations

Both types of blades have a handful of variations to suit a wide range of users. This is often where many people begin to confuse the two, as certain types of knives may initially look like daggers and vice versa.

Regardless of the type, though, both often retain their core attributes.

Knives

There are hunting knives, cooking knives, general utility knives, etc. If you can name a task, there’s most likely a knife made for it.

Interestingly, the size and shape of a knife can vary greatly from one to another even if they’re used in the same setting. A bread knife, for example, is long and serrated. A butterknife is much smaller, blunt, and smooth.

Depending on the style, you’ll often find that knives have a sharp edge and a blunt edge. Part of all of the typically-blunt edge, though, could be serrated in some circumstances. Fishing knives and hunting knives are common examples.

Daggers

Like knives, daggers come in a range of shapes and sizes. The weight, shape, length, and appearance are often determined by the intended use and the place of origin.

The Italian ‘Cinquedea,’ for example, was a notoriously large dagger that was clearly manufactured to be a primary weapon (for self-defense or otherwise). In comparison, the Scottish dirk was much thinner and intended to be used for thrusting as opposed to cutting.

The Unique Histories

Historically, both types of blades had distinct uses that sought to accomplish a specific task. Daggers were created specifically for combat, but knives were often used in physical altercations.

They were also introduced at different points in history, and daggers were developed long after knives. Until then, knives fulfilled the role of a dagger when necessary.

Knives

The first knife was crafted out of stone approximately 500,000 years ago. Intriguingly, it was created for the same purpose that we see today— to aid in tasks related to cooking, harvesting materials, etc.

Given the limited resources and technology during these times, though, knives were used as an all-purpose tool to handle the nuances of survival, construction, and even combat.

As different civilizations became more adept at metalworking, iron and steel knives were created (and a more modern image for the tool came along with it).

Daggers

Early daggers were designed for use by soldiers or warriors and were crafted out of bone, ivory, and other Neolithic materials. The design has been consistent throughout history and was almost always double-bladed.

This doesn’t mean that regular knives weren’t used during combat on occasion, though. The infamous Bowie Knife conveyed the utility that a non-combat-oriented blade could have with enough size and weight.

Today, daggers are often decorative collector’s items that aren’t intended to be used in any sort of physical altercation.

A Knife and A Dagger Are Very Similar

These two items may seem like they could be the same thing, but they aren’t identical. Now you know the difference! 

You’re well on your way to learning how to recognize the differences between a knife and a dagger at first glance.

Want to learn more about how we can help? Feel free to get in touch with us today to see what we can do.

10 Best Carbon Fiber EDC Knives

Article was originally published in March 2017 and updated March 2020.

There are a few characteristics nearly everyone looks for in an everyday carry: strength, durability, and a light weight. Few other handle materials boast those qualities like carbon fiber.

Over the years, carbon fiber has grown in popularity due to its versatility. It is a synthetic material that will not break under pressure or crack through use. According to Knife Art, it is stiffer than steel and five times stronger.

But the best part may be its weight. CF helps cut down the overall heft of a knife, giving your EDC a light feel. Oh, and it looks great!

Of course, there are different levels and qualities of carbon fiber. More companies have been doing a laminated version of carbon fiber with G-10 to cut down on prices while giving it the look and feel of carbon fiber. While laminated carbon fiber and G-10 is not pure carbon fiber, we’re including a few here too.

Enough gushing over carbon fiber. Let’s take a look at 10 of the best carbon fiber EDC knives.

1. Kershaw Leek, Carbon Fiber

The Kershaw Leek is one of the best and most iconic EDC knives, so when it came out in carbon fiber a few years ago, it made something great even greater. It has the same CPM 154 stainless steel 3-inch blade with assisted opening but the handles are carbon fiber. The weight is a cool 2.4 ounces.

2. Boker Plus Anti-Grav

The Boker Plus Anti-Grav goes all in on lightweight materials, including carbon fiber handle scales and a 3.25-inch ceramic blade. The all black blade and CF handle makes the whole knife look sexy.

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Cut Like a Chef: Effective Methods to Improve Your Knife Skills

Prepping and cooking food at home is the top way to save more money and eat healthier. Yet, this doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice on chef-inspired meals. 

To cook like a culinary master, it’s essential to learn how to use kitchen knives. Certain techniques make it faster, easier, and more efficient to prep food.  

So, ready to learn how to cut, chop, slice, and dice like a chef? Read on to learn more about how to master your knife skills. 

Choose the Right Knife for the Job

It’s key to know the difference between your knife types. A kitchen knife set includes pieces for almost every job in the kitchen. 

A few knife types include bread, steak, paring, and fillet. Boning knives, carving knives, and butcher knives are other styles a chef should own. You should hone your chef knife skills for each of these knife types. 

Yet, there is one knife style that is king when it comes to prep work. A chef’s knife is a multi-functional knife that is used for more than one task in the kitchen. It’s ideal for chopping, slicing, dicing, and mincing foods like meat and vegetables.

Chef Knives

This style of knife has a pointed tip with a longer blade design with a slight curve. The blade’s tip allows a chef to create a rocking technique as they cut. This is ideal for the quick chopping of fresh herbs, garlic, and onions.

The design allows you to keep the tip of the knife touching the cutting board as you chop. Chef’s knives are a bit heavier, which makes it easy to cut and score meat.   

Santoku Japanese Chef Knives

A Santoku knife is ideal for creating fine clean cuts at a fast speed. It lets you master knife techniques for cutting seafood, meat, vegetables, and fruits.

The knife has a flatter and wider blade design and is lighter than a chef’s knife. Its tip is down more towards the end of the blade.

Santoku knives help remove food from the cutting board into your cooking pan. Some of these knives also have depressions on the blade called a “Granton edge.” This works to create less friction to stop food from sticking to the knife as you cut.  

Keep Your Blades Sharp

Any knife guide for better care will tell you to always keep your blades in top condition. Sharp blades make it easier and more efficient when chopping food. A dull blade will lead to a much longer food prep process and can also be unsafe.  

Experts recommend sharpening your knife every few months. You have a few different knife sharpener options to consider for this. You can use a manual knife sharpener tool or an electric knife sharpener.  

Chef’s knives may call for more sharpening sessions. They are often made from softer steel than Santoku knives. 

Proper kitchen cutlery storage options are also important when caring for your knives. You can use a knife block to protect the blades when not in use. This also keeps your kitchen environment safer. 

Magnetic knife strips, knife bags, and sheaths are other options. When cleaning your knives, hand-wash them with mild soap and hot water.  

Hold the Knife in a Comfortable Position

Proper knife cutting techniques also include learning how to hold a knife. This is key for having confidence in the kitchen. 

Be sure to use the right grip when handling your knife. The hold should not be too firm and should fit comfortably in your hand. This allows you to perfect your cutting method and be as quick and safe as possible. 

It’s best to use your index finger and thumb to grip the handle of the blade. Hold the handle up higher with your two fingers touching the base of the blade. The rest of your hand then holds onto the actual knife handle.  

Holding the knife at elbow-height will also give you better control. When holding food to be cut, be careful of the way you keep your hand.

Use a claw-like grip to hold food as you cut with the knife in your other hand. This keeps your fingers out of the way of the knife’s blade.  

Use Consistent Cuts 

Certain knife cuts call for different techniques to prepare food. It always helps to cut round food in half, like onions and potatoes. This gives you a flat surface to work with making it easier and safer to cut. 

A slicing technique involves long thin pieces. Position the knife’s tip on the cutting board at an angle. Then move the food toward the blade as you bring the knife down in a repetitive chopping or sawing motion. 

Chopping is less consistent than other cutting methods. The chunks are made a bit larger and more bite-sized.    

Dicing can be done in large, medium, or small pieces. Yet, the key is to keep the food cuts as consistent in size as possible. Aim for cubes about a quarter-inch in size.  

When mincing, you want to cut the food up as fine as possible. It’s most often used for garlic, ginger, and onion. 

Preparing food julienne means making matchstick-sized cuts. These should be about an eighth of an inch thick. 

For brunoise style, you dice foods that have first been cut julienne-style. The result is small cubes about an eighth of an inch in size.   

The chiffonade technique is most often used for greens and herbs. It cuts them into thin ribbons for a salad or garnishes.  

Perfecting Your Knife Skills With the Right Set of Tools

These knife skills will teach you to be a master chef in no time. The right tools, techniques, and knife care are key when learning to prep food like a professional. 

A quality chef’s knife is one of the main tools to have in your kitchen. Browse the full collection of chef’s knives to find one that suits your cooking style. 

15 Bright Green Knives

It’s an old tradition to wear something green on St. Patrick’s Day. Some people wear green shoelaces or a green hat, but if you’re the kind of knife nut who’s reading this blog, you’re probably going to carry a green knife.

In honor of St. Patrick’s Day, we’re looking at 20 great knives with green handles.

This article has been updated a few times since its first publication in 2014 to get rid of discontinued models and put some new ones.

Spyderco Dragonfly 2, British Racing Green

The Dragonfly 2 is a truly amazing knife. It is small yet versatile, efficient yet sexy. The black version is already excellent, but the Spyderco Dragonfly 2 in British Racing Green takes things to the next level.

The blade is made from ZDP-189 and features dark green FRN handles. When folks in the knife community call this one of the best EDC knives ever, you know you have a winner.

Artisan Ravine, Green

Artisan Cutlery is an up-and-coming brand with a lot of new and exciting designs. Each comes in a variety of options and materials. The Ravine is a great little design with a modified Wharncliffe blade and ergonomic handle. This version has a D2 blade and green G-10 handle scales.

Other Artisan Cutlery knives come in mint green as well.

Bear & Son Cutlery Undead Bear Tac II

The Bear & Son Cutlery Undead Bear Tac II is a green knife through and through. It features zombie green G-10 handle scales and a zombie green blade made from 1095 carbon steel.

Buck Spitfire, Green Aluminum Handle

The Spitfire from Buck is a versatile folder that will easily become your new EDC the moment you hold it. This beauty is made in the USA and features a thin design. You can choose the color it comes in, but the one we’re concerned with is this brownish Aluminum Green handle.

Electrifying California OTF

California legal OTF knives are becoming increasingly popular. These little out the front automatic knives have blades under two inches. Even though it’s small, it still works like a charm for most EDC tasks.

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15 Best Keychain Tools

Quick, empty your pockets.

If you happen to be outside the house, you’ll likely have at least three items: a wallet, phone, and keys. We’ve already talked about credit-card knives that fit into wallets and the iPhone multitool case, but that leaves us with keys.

Since your keys are always within reach whenever you’re outside the house, they’re a natural place to attach essential tools.

If you’re looking to make your keys even more useful, we’ve assembled this list of tools that fit right on your keychain.

Some of the tools we first wrote about when this was published in May 2015 have gone the way of the dodo, so we decided to give this list an update.

Gerber Shard

The Gerber Shard is a small and easy to carry piece of steel that doesn’t overwhelm with functions. The small tool has two screwdrivers, a pry bar, a nail remover, a bottle and can opener, a scraper, and whatever else you can get out of it.

The tool is 2.75 inches long and made of stainless steel with black titanium coating.

Victorinox Classic SD

Perhaps the best-known multitool ever is the Swiss Army knife. The Victorinox Classic SD is not only one of the best-selling Swiss Army knives but it is also small enough to fit on your keychain.

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Choosing a Tactical Knife for Survival, Emergency, or Self Defense

If you’re in the market for a knife that will serve you in any situation, it’s not a subject to be taken lightly. The fact of the matter is, a good tactical knife can save your life in a myriad of ways.

Whether you’re looking for a knife for survival, self-defense, or any potential emergency, you need to take your time and find the right one for every day carry. The ideal tactical knife will be able to handle whatever you throw at it. It should have a strong blade that holds its edge and a solid handle.

However, that only just begins to cover the criteria. Keep reading for an in-depth look at how to choose the best tactical knife for your needs.

Concealability

One of the most important factors to consider when choosing a tactical knife is how you want to carry it. For example, if you’re looking for a knife to carry around town that’s relatively subtle if not entirely undetectable, your best bet is a pocket knife. This is especially important if you’re carrying the knife for self-defense, as the element of surprise is always a good thing to have on your side.

Alternatively, if you’re looking for a knife to serve you well in the bush (hunting, fishing, camping, general survival) then there’s nothing wrong with strapping a big fixed blade to your belt like this Ka-BAR Heavy-Duty Warthog. Some people carry it on their hip, others on their thigh.

Regardless, consider where and how you want to carry your knife, as well as whether or not you want anyone to know about it.

Size

Size is another vital component in choosing the right tactical knife for your needs. As stated above, if you plan to use your knife as a daily concealed carry, you’ll want to lean on the conservative side in terms of size.

A big, girthy knife could start to get uncomfortable. However, too small of a knife could be relatively useless in most scenarios. We recommend a minimum of 3.5 inches for blade size.

On the flip side, you can also end up buying a knife with too much size. While we all love the idea of carrying around a massive blade, keep practicality in mind, as with this Cold Steel Demko. Unless you’re talking about a machete, no one needs a two-foot-long tactical knife.

Folder or Fixed Blade

Now you need to decide if you want a folder or a fixed blade. Both have their pros and cons. Folders are easily concealable and more publically accepted, but fixed blades are stronger and more durable, such as the Schrade Frontier.

In terms of fixed tactical knives, we recommend looking for a full tang blade. That means there’s one solid piece of metal from the tip of the blade to the base of the handle. The handle is then fitted over the top of the tang.

In terms of tactical folders, you have several options:

Depending on where you live, some of these types of openers may be illegal.

Blade and Tip

Next, you need to consider what type of blade you want on your tactical knife. Both folders and fixed blades come with the same basic options.

First, do you want your knife to be a combo blade (partially serrated)? A serrated blade is your best option for cutting through softer materials such as fabrics, ropes, belts, and other flexible materials. However, it does decrease your total cutting edge and can be difficult to sharpen.

You also need to consider what type of tip you want your tactical knife to have. A tanto tip provides an incredible stong point for stabbing through touch objects but loses some of its slicing ability.

A gut hook is designed to help hunters skin wild game without damaging the internals like on this Damascus Steel Hunting Knife. A spear point is ideal for thrusting into soft targets. A drop point (one of the most common) is great for slicing and provide a strong tip.

Quality

One of the absolute essentials in picking out the right tactical knife is choosing one of high quality. A high-quality blade will be tough and hold it’s edge well.

For example, not all blade materials can withstand the same abuse. If you ever have to use your knife to pry something open, will it bend the blade or break the tip?

Pay attention to the grade of steel used in stainless steel knives to ensure you’re getting a strong blade. Typical carbon steel blades, as well as those infused with other metals such as chromium, can prove to be highly durable.

Quality is also important when it comes to picking out the right handle. Regardless of if you’re looking at fixed blades or folders, the handle needs to fit firmly in your hand (people are often surprised how easily a knife gets knocked out of their hands in a fight or other emergency situation).

The handle also needs to be tough and durable, after all a good blade nearly useless without a handle.

Extras

Finally, when looking for a tactical knife, pay attention to any of the perks that come along with it. For example, if you’re choosing a field or survival knife, what type of sheath does it have, will it hold up to snagging on trees and being dragged through the mud?

Additionally, does the survival knife come with any extras? A sharpener on the back of the sheath can give you a sharp edge in the field. A flint and steel combo can help you light fires.

For example, the United Cutlery Bushmaster Survival Knife comes with matches, a small compass, an animal snare, snakebite kit, and even a flashlight. Though, these knives with hollow handles for storage obviously don’t have full tang blades, which may be a negative aspect in your mind.

Looking for a Tactical Knife?

If you’re in the market for a new tactical knife, we personally recommend the Gerber Propel Automatic Knife, the Smith and Wesson Spec Ops Bayonet, or the CRKT Desert Big Dog.

We also have a massive inventory with everything from hunting knives to every type of folder imaginable. For ultimate survivor mode, check out our Zombie Apocalypse Survival Knife collection.

Modern EDC Slipjoints

If you don’t have a tactical folder that can hold the weight of a car, do you really have a functional knife?

Yes! The truth is for countless years people have successfully used nonlocking folders for all kinds of jobs. In fact, in more recent years, companies have started making slipjoint knives you can carry as an EDC folder.

While these knives aren’t something you’d want to baton with (get a fixed blade for that unless you’re Advanced Knife Bro), nonlocking folders are a great option for an EDC. You don’t have to settle for an old Case knife either (not that there’s anything wrong with that). You can now get a modern-looking slipjoint that uses higher end materials.

Here are some of the best modern EDC slipjoints currently available.

Byrd Tern

Unfortunately, Spyderco recently did away with many of its best slipjoint models — such as the Pingo and the PITS. OK, so the PITS isn’t really a slipjoint, but it’s still a nonlocking folder. However, the sub brand of Spyderco called Byrd Knives has an inexpensive slipjoint called the Tern that features a modern look.

The knife is essentially a cheaper version of the UK Penknife.

CRKT ARt Deco

There was one point a few years back where CRKT had a few modern EDC slip joints to choose from. However, they’re not always as popular as locking knives. Fortunately, for just a little longer we have the Art Deco folder from Ken Steigerwalt.

Boker Plus Wasabi

Boker is probably the brand with the most modern EDC slipjoints, as you’ll see farther down the list. One of the best and newest is the Wasabi, an interesting design from Kansei Matsuno.

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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:

Your Everyday Spyderco Flipper

  • 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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15 Best Lightweight Fixed Blade Knives

The old saying goes that the best lock mechanism on a knife is a fixed blade.

Back in the day, fixed blades were mostly robust outdoor tools, but the trend has been increasingly toward lighter and lighter fixed blades. That’s a plus for everyone.

A few years back, I wrote a post on the best EDC fixed blade knives. While all the knives performed well at EDC tasks, many of them were quite hefty.

So I decided to take the concept of an EDC fixed blade and narrow it down even more to the best lightweight fixed blades. All of these knives are at least under 3 ounces — with many of them being under 2.

Check them out.

CRKT Minimalist Wharncliffe

Weight: 1.1 oz
Blade Length: 2″
Overall Length: 5″

OK, I know my love for the CRKT Minimalist permeates everything around here, as this model makes it onto many best-of lists (including the aforementioned best EDC fixed blades). But it deserves another mention here. In the best EDC fixed blades post, I highlighted the Bowie version, but the Wharncliffe version is even lighter at a mere 1.1 ounces.

This is one of those knives you can feel confident carrying anywhere you go and feels big in the hand, despite the — well — minimalist handle.

Spyderco ARK

Weight: 0.9 oz
Blade Length: 2.56″
Overall Length: 4.98″

A Spyderco made it on the best EDC fixed blades, but the Street Beat is a pretty heavy folder. Enter the Spyderco ARK. Standing for “Always Ready Knife,” the ARK was designed as a personal defense knife by U.S. Army combat veteran John Shirley and his friend Sam Owens.

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Best Ontario Knives

Over the past year or so, I’ve been going over the best knives from each brand. Some have been really easy to narrow down such as Spyderco and Kershaw.

However, few brands have been harder to pin down than Ontario Knife Company. Ontario, sometimes known more simply as OKC, has a surprisingly robust and diverse selection of knives that all serve a purpose and do it well. There are some obvious choices — ahem, the RAT folders — but there are so many other serviceable knives that could have been on this list.

These lists always carry some level of bias and subjectivity, but I feel like this list may contain more whimsy and randomness than others.

If I’m alive and kicking and still have this job, I’ll redo this next year and may swap out some others, but this is the list for 2019. Let me know which ones I missed in the comments.

Ontario RAT Folder

Let’s start with the easiest addition to this list: the RAT Folders. I’m cheating a bit because this includes the RAT 1 and RAT 2 folders. They are essentially the same knife but in different sizes.

The RAT folders are a perennial favorite among knife people because they are relatively cheap, reliable, and solid knives. The fact that they are now available in D2 at a low cost means they may be the best budget knife on the market.

Along with D2, you can get an assisted version, an AUS 8 version, and some with different blade finishes and handle colors.

Ontario Black Bird SK-5

The next no-brainer is the Ontario Black Bird SK-5. The series is designed by Paul Scheiter. The survival knife was named the best of the best by Field and Stream Magazine in 2011. It’s a pretty simple bushcrafting knife with a 5-inch 154CM stainless steel blade and G-10 handle scales.

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2020 Discontinued Spyderco Knives

With a new year comes new cuts to old favorites. Spyderco announced which knives were getting the ax back in September on their forum.

While that’s bad news for those who loved the knives, there is still some good news to be had. Most of these knives are still available but only for a little longer.

To help you, we’ve assembled the list of about 30 discontinued knives with links to where you can buy them. Then later in the post, we’ll talk about which models we’ll miss the most.

All 2020 Discontinued Spyderco Knives

BY03TIP2 – Cara Cara 2 Titanium (Sold Out)
BY04TIP2 – Meadowlark 2 Titanium (Sold Out)
BY10TIP2 – Robin 2 Titanium (Sold Out)
C07GP4 – Police 4 G-10
C28S – Dragonfly Stainless SPY
C28SBK2 – Dragonfly 2 Black SPY
C69GP3 – Lil’ Temperance 3 G-10
C82GP3 – D’Allara 3
C91SYL – Pacific Salt Yellow SPY (Look for the Pacific Salt 2 in 2020)
C91PYL – Pacific Salt Yellow PLN (Look for the Pacific Salt 2 in 2020)
C91SBK – Pacific Salt Black SPY (Look for the Pacific Salt 2 in 2020)
C91PBK – Pacific Salt Black PLN (Look for the Pacific Salt 2 in 2020)
C91PBBK – Pacific Salt Black Blade PLN (Look for the Pacific Salt 2 in 2020)
C91SBBK – Pacific Salt Black Blade SPY (Look for the Pacific Salt 2 in 2020)
C123CFP – Sage 1 Carbon Fiber
C152STIBLP – Chaparral Blue Stepped Ti
C152STIP – Chaparral Stepped Ti (Out)
C170GP – Karahawk G-10 Satin (Out)
C193PGY – Squarehead Lightweight Gray
C193PBK – Squarehead Lightweight Black
C203TIP – Mantra 2 Titanium
C212CFP – Magnitude Carbon Fiber
C214TIP – Advocate Titanium
C218GP – Opus G-10
C219GP – Q-Ball G-10
C224GP – Lil’ Sub-Hilt G-10
C225GP – Hundred Pacer
C227GP – Hanan G-10
FB38GP – Junction
K11S – Cooks Knife SPY

Spyderco Sage 1

The Sage series is a great idea — taking a great design and making it with different lock mechanisms. Unfortunately, many in the Sage series have been discontinued, including the Sage 1 with a liner lock this year.

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Top 20 Knives with D2 Steel

This post was updated in December 2019 to include newer models.

Finding the perfect steel is tough. Not only are there so many types available but there are also tons of factors to consider — price, ease of sharpening, hardness, corrosion resistance, and more.

The perfect steel is ever elusive, but you can pick the right steel for the job. If you want a steel that’s nearly stainless but has great edge retention and wear-resistance, opt for D2.

D2 tool steel has been around for a very long time. It became popular as a tool steel during World War II in factories. In terms of knives, knife makers Wayne Goddard and Bob Dozier pioneered the use of D2 steel in knives. In fact, Dozier is sometimes called Dr. D2.

Here is an excerpt from Steve Shackleford’s Blade Magazine post on why D2 is still so great after all these years:

While D2 may not be stainless, it remains a top performer due in no small part to its high wear resistance/edge-holding ability. “It will hold an edge for a very long time before it will go dull,” says Paul Tsujimoto, director of engineering at Ontario Knife Co.  Combined with its relatively inexpensive price, this makes D2 a favorite of manufacturers and custom makers alike. “For us, it’s the perfect combination of performance and an affordable price,” notes Dietmar Pohl of Pohl Force Knives. Agrees Devanna, “It’s the best bang for the buck because it’s priced reasonably and works well.”

While D2 does sacrifice ease of sharpening and some corrosion resistance, it remains an excellent choice for knife users everywhere.

If you’re interested in seeing what D2 has to offer, I collected a list of 20 knives that showcase the variety of D2 knives. Take a look.

1. Ontario RAT 1 D2

The RAT 1 is one of the most beloved budget knives of all time. It (and its smaller brother the RAT 2) are praised for their designs and overall utility. The only major complaint the RAT 1 gets is its adequate AUS-8 blade steel. So Ontario Knife Company came back with a D2 version of the knife.

The one I’m highlighting here is an all-around fantastic limited edition version with a D2 blade and a carbon fiber laminated G-10 handle. It doesn’t cut down on the weight as much as I’d like, but it looks and feels great in the hand. Other than the upgrades, the limited edition RAT 1 maintains the same design elements as the original.

2. Benchmade Adamas

“This knife is a tank.” I’ve heard that about the Benchmade Adamas a million times, and it’s not hard to see why the folding version gets so much love. The 3.82-inch blade is 0.160 inches thick while the handle features liners and G-10 handle scales. Coming in at more than 7 ounces, the weight would be a liability in a lesser knife but the Adamas uses it as leverage in heavy-duty tasks.

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20 Knife Gift Ideas Under $100

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 2019.

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 Tenacious

We’ll start with an easy option that just ekes in under the budget: the Spyderco Tenacious. This is not only one of our best-sellers, but it is one of the most renowned budget knives around. It showcases all that Spyderco has to offer in an affordable package.

This version has a 3.38-inch 8Cr13MoV stainless steel blade, grippy G-10 handle, and pronounced Round Hole. For under $50, it’s hard to find such a beloved knife as this.

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 2019.

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. Engraved HallMark Lockback

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We’ll start with an easy one—the HallMark Stainless Steel Lockback. This is one of our bestsellers at the moment. Why? You can get this reliable little folder laser-engraved with an inscription of your choice for only $14.99. That alone makes this gift a no-brainer.

The knife is nothing to scoff at either. It’s a HallMark folder with a 2-inch blade and smooth stainless steel handles. It’s the perfect little knife to fit in your pocket.

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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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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!

Top 10 First Knives to Give to a Kid

Getting your first knife is a step into adulthood. You’re given the knife with the implicit agreement that you’re responsible and old enough to be trusted with a tool that’s often misused by those who are reckless, untrustworthy, and immature.

Whether you’re giving someone their first knife or receiving it, there are some knives that are more appropriate for the occasion than others.

I first wrote this post way back in April 2012, so I decided to take a fresher look at some of the best first knives to give someone. Not only do I have two kids now but I’ve also learned a lot more about knives in the ensuing years.

Keep in mind that the knife is dependent on the age and maturity of the person  (for example, you wouldn’t want to give a Smith & Wesson MAGIC assisted opening knife to an immature 7-year-old).

The knives range in prices, designs, and styles. Check them out.

Let us know your first knife in the comments!

Victorinox Swiss Army Knife Tinker

The Swiss Army Knife is the quintessential first knife for anyone. It was my first knife and probably yours. There are many reasons why you wouldn’t want to get an SAK for a first-timer but the opposite is true as well.

Since the Tinker is a bit smaller and still has a variety of tools, it could potentially come in handy more often and further empower the knife’s owner.

Spyderco Ambitious

Spyderco makes an array of excellent knives that could work well for younger audiences. For example, there’s the Delica or Dragonfly (the latter of which you could get a wooden version as a trainer), but those tend to be a little more expensive. That’s why I argue the Spyderco Ambitious is the top choice from Spyderco.

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Best Work Folders

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While all knives are meant to cut, there are only a few knives you’d really want to put through the ringer on a busy job site. So I did my best to pick out a few folding knives you can bet your fingers on at work after getting some recommendations from blue-collar workers (not some blog boy like myself).

The pocket knives on this list are a mix of “overbuilt” knives that you can pretty much pry with and less expensive but very serviceable blades you could happily carry onto a construction site.

I tried to take price into consideration, which is why you won’t see a Medford Praetorian, Hinderer XM-18, or a few others that are around $500. Also, if you’re serious about a true work knife, you might want to consider a more reliable and easier to maintain fixed blade. With those caveats out of the way, let’s get to the list.

Post originally posted in September 2018 before being updated to include current knives.

Benchmade 275 Adamas

The Benchmade Adamas is one of the most common models you’ll see on lists about work knives. The reason? It’s large, reliable, and strong. The blade is 3.82 inches and uses functional D2 steel on a no nonsense drop point blade. Not only is the blade stock thick but so are the liners and G-10 scales.

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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.

15 Striking Orange Knives

Article updated to include more and newer models.

If you look at all the colors that knives and their handles come in, you’ll notice a trend. Yup, they’re pretty much all black. Black is a popular color for knives because of its lowkey appearance and versatility.

While the majority of people opt for those sexy black knives, it’s the other colors that don’t get enough love. So we decided to do a series of posts dedicated to those knives in different colors.

So today we’re looking at orange knives.

1. KA-BAR Dozier

First up on the list is the KA-BAR Bob Dozier Folding Hunter. This iteration of the popular EDC features the blaze orange handle with a black blade and thumb stud. This blade is usually considered one of the best budget EDC knives around because of its reasonable 3-inch blade and relatively low cost.

2. ESEE-4

Next is the ESEE-4 with Orange Handle. The ESEE-4 was previously named a Badass Knife of the Week because of its extreme durability. The knife’s bright orange G-10 handle scales are brought to life even more by the green blade.

3. Spyderco Endura 4

The Spyderco Endura 4 was included on our last of 20 most iconic knives ever. This is the same Endura 4 we all know and love—3.75-inch VG-10 blade—but with orange FRN handle scales.

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