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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.

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...

Why You Need a Zero Tolerance 0562 Folding Knife

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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...

Why You Need a Benchmade 940 Osborne

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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...

Why You Need a Buck Sprint Folding Knife

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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...

Why You Need a Knife From The Buck Compadre Series

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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...

Why You Need The Wusthof Epicure Series of Kitchen Knives

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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...

The Best Pocket Knives for Camping, Hiking, Bushcraft & Survival

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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....

Spyderco’s All Time Greatest Hits

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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....