Kershaw were one of the first to bring assisted opening knives to a broader market with their SpeedSafe mechanism, which was designed by Hall of Fame knife maker Ken Onion. This mechanism ushered in a sea change in the knife industry and the Leek is one of the knives that has endured since those early days, not just because of its snappy action but because it’s a fantastic design. With slim handles and a narrow blade, it makes a highly refined EDC. It’s perfect as a gentleman’s pocket knife and it also makes a fantastic example of what we like to call an executive knife. As with any knife that has endured for as long as the Leek, you expect to see some variants and you won’t be disappointed by what the Leek series has to offer.
Modern steel technology has grown leaps and bounds in the last couple of decades and it’s changed the way we experience our knives. Today we can achieve long-lasting edge retention that was unheard of just a generation ago. Remember your grandfather’s old pocket knife that was sharpened down to just a sliver of a blade? Well, if his old knife was made with one of these steels there would still be a lot of usable blade left because he wouldn’t have needed to sharpen it so often. The best part of this new crop of steels is that a lot of the best options have been coming down in price, making high-performance even more attainable. We’ve rounded up eight knives with eight supersteels and all of them can be had for less than 150 bucks. Sometimes even far less! Continue Reading
More than any other design out there, the Zero Tolerance 0562 is the best representation of Rick Hinderer’s signature style in a production knife. It has a lot of similarities to his signature XM-18 design, but at a price more people can afford. We’re going to break down all of the important elements that make this ZT a must have as an everyday carry pocket knife.
The 940/943 Osborne Series of knives are quintessential slim EDC knives from Benchmade designed by the late Warren Osborne. It’s one of our favorite designs that they produce, actually making our top list of the best Benchmade knives out there. We’re going to take a look at what makes the 940 and 943 knives special, and why you need these knives in your EDC rotation.
Say the words “Buck knife” and most people will probably envision the classic 110 Folding Hunter, an enduring model that has stood the test of time and is still going strong today. But Buck isn’t content to rest on their laurels and have been making strides to modernize their products. The recently released 110 and 112 Slim models are a perfect example, but their new Sprint Series is even more of a statement from Buck on where they intend to go in the future.
The Compadre Series is Buck’s answer to hardcore outdoorsmen and survivalists that want a set of heavy-duty tools that are just as hardcore as they are. The trio of blades includes the nicely built Compadre Camp Knife, Compadre Axe, and Compadre Chopping Froe. These knives were originally released with a red powder-coated finish and walnut Dymondwood handles. Now, for 2019, they’ve introduced versions with canvas Micarta handles and Cerakote-finished steel that are even better. No matter which version you prefer, at the heart of these blades is 5160 spring steel, granting insane toughness to these tools. We’re going to break down what makes these new versions special and what tasks you will want to tackle with each Compadre.
By now you’re probably used to seeing Wusthof knives with classic black riveted handles, but their Epicure Series of kitchen knives are definitely a step above. The handles are still a full tang riveted design, but instead of black synthetic scales, the Epicure knives feature recycled wood material. In fact, this is the same material that Epicurean uses for their cutting boards. What that means for you is a definite upgrade, not just in the feel, but the performance as well. We’re going to break down everything about these stellar kitchen knives and tell you why you need these in your kitchen.
While we would always recommend a good fixed blade for camping there’s plenty of scenarios where you’d want a good folder at your side as well. Not everyone is comfortable carrying a fixed blade or maybe you’re looking for a nice backup/complement to your larger knife. In some cases, you may not even be able to carry a fixed blade. Luckily if you need to go with a folder there are a ton of great options out there and we’ve pulled our top ten for you to consider.
We will lay out some of our top choices below, but first, we will lay out a few features you will want to look for when choosing a knife for the outdoors so you can choose your own if our suggestions don’t do it for you. Continue Reading