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
Spyderco has become famous for their precise edge geometries and for their instantly recognizable leaf-shaped blades with trademarked Round Hole Opener, an elegant solution for a one hand opening blade, allowing left or right handed use without the need for protruding thumb studs.
They have some of the most hardcore of knife fans out there and for good reason. They aren’t afraid of taking risks. The way they pulled together emerging elements in their early years such as synthetic handles, pocket clips, and one hand opening blades and merged everything together really changed the landscape of the knife industry in ways that can still be seen today.
The Spyderco Sharpmaker is one of our favorite recommendations for folks who are looking for an easy way to sharpen their blades. I have given several as wedding gifts over the years and one of them lives in my kitchen as well. We’ve even got one here at our office that we all use to keep our edges in tip-top shape when needed. In this guide, we will break down all the features of the Tri-Angle Sharpmaker and show you, step by step, how to get the most out of this great product.
The big news from Buck last year was a comprehensive update of the Buck 110 Folding Hunter and Buck 112 Ranger. Dubbed the 110 Slim and 112 Slim, these new knives are thinner, lightweight, and the Pro versions sport high-performance blade steel and handle material. As such, the natural competition for these models has shifted, and we think the Spyderco Endura and Delica are now the perfect rivals. Don’t believe us? After the jump, we’ll go through these models feature by feature to see how they stack up. Continue Reading
Balisongs, more commonly referred to as butterfly knives have been widely popular for some time now, and it is easy to see the appeal. They have their roots in the Filipino martial arts, but nowadays most people use them to perform tricks. You can see folks showing off their skills in movies and all over the internet. Thing is, it can be an intimidating hobby to get into. Not only can the tricks be difficult to master, but you also have to decide which butterfly knife to buy to get started. Experienced flippers have a lot of strong opinions on what is good or not, and sometimes it can be hard to sort through. If you are a beginner or even a novice looking to upgrade, we want to make it as easy as possible to enjoy this fun hobby, so here are a few options that range in price and performance that you ought to check out. Continue Reading
The Shun Sora Collection brings Shun’s premium cutting experience into a more affordable price range. They are a step above entry-level blades in terms of cost, but they represent an incredible value, offering materials and performance that are a cut above their competitors. There are a full range of options available in the lineup, from paring knives to serrated knives and full-size chef and santoku knives. Let’s check a few of them out. Continue Reading