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David C. Andersen

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David C. Andersen is Knife Center's resident writer, video star, and knife designer. He began his career in the knife industry as a writer for The Truth About Knives before launching Nordsmith Knives, channeling his passion for cutlery into new and original knife designs. He spends his days at the Knife Center exploring our warehouse looking for new and interesting things to share with our audience. His evenings with his wife are spent cooking, working on prototypes for new Nordsmith designs, and dreaming of his next camping trip.

The Best Victorinox Swiss Army Knives You Can Buy In 2019

Best Swiss Army Knives of 2019

I don't know about you, but when I was a kid, there was nothing cooler than a Swiss Army Knife. There's always been something just so appealing about having all those gadgets in a pocket knife form that even now when I'm older, never goes out of style. When people think of Swiss Army Knives, the image of the...

Why You Need a Pena Signature Series Pena-Song Butterfly Knife

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The Enrique Pena Signature Series Pena-Songs are the mid-tech versions of Pena's full-on customs and they are one hundred percent American-made. They come in at about half the price of the custom versions but the fit, finish and attention to detail is unimpeachable. All the final assembly is performed by Pena himself to provide great hand-tuned flipping action. If...

We Knives 819 Drakon Vs. LionSteel TS1 TiSpine: Which is the Best Integral Titanium Frame Lock?

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An integral frame lock differs in its construction from most other modern pocket knives which usually have two sides that are connected somehow either with a back spacer or standoffs. However an integral features a handle made from a single piece of metal this piece is milled out leaving behind a u-shaped handle making space for the hardware blade...

Why You Need a Benchmade 537 Bailout Tactical Folding Knife

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The Bailout is a tactical spinoff of Benchmade's popular ultralight Bugout Series, but a few tweaks have been made to emphasize even more strength than that original model. It's designed for operators that need a solid tool that doesn't take up a lot of space or weight, but it works just as well for folks that need a tactically...

Best Cold Steel Folding Knives You Can Buy In 2019

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Cold Steel is probably most well known for some of their over-the-top knife demonstration videos. Those videos have a flair for the dramatic and a lot of their knives have that same flair, taking cues from martial arts and tactical needs. However, they also make a lot of really good utility options. Here we'll take a look at a...

Winston-Salem Knife Sharpening Keeps Your Blades Keen

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We get asked all the time about sharpening knives. While this is not a service the Knife Center offers directly, we are pleased to recommend Winston-Salem Knife Sharpening for all professional knife sharpening services. Keep reading to find out more about what this company can do for you, and be sure to let Dexter know that you found him through Knife...

Why You Need a Spyderco Para 3 EDC Folding Knife

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A spinoff of the ever-popular Paramilitary 2, the Spyderco Para 3 is a little bit smaller, and in my opinion, its proportions are just about perfect. Although we only get about two and a half inches of sharpened edge, it feels like more in the hand, and the handle is still nice and big, offering a full grip for...

Why You Need a Benchmade Bugout EDC Folding Knife

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Ever since its introduction a couple of years ago, the Benchmade Bugout has been one of Benchmade’s most popular designs. When it was introduced, they marketed it heavily towards ultralight hikers and backpackers, but it has become just as successful, if not more so, as a highly pocketable EDC design. The Handles The key to that success is the lightweight handles. At...

Why You Need a Kershaw Leek EDC Pocket Knife

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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...

The Best Knife Steel Deals Under $150

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...