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.
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.
The Chris Tanner-designed JX6 Companion is an everyday carry fixed blade with an ergonomic shape that lends itself well to skinning, slicing, and chopping. We have new variants that Bark River recently debuted which upgraded the A2 tool steel on previous models to CPM-154 super steel.
One of Spyderco’s most popular folders has now been fitted with rust-proof LC200N steel and lightweight FRN handles as the new addition to their Salt Series. With both serrated and plain blade options, this ultra corrosion-resistant knife is great for fishermen, boaters, or anyone who spends time on the water.
The blades and integral handles in Cold Steel’s Bushman Series are expertly forged out of thick slabs of SK-5 high carbon steel. Carefully ground to an extra thin edge, you can either pick up a Bowie-style variant or a standard straight back – both profiles make for great survival knives.
This small camping axe is 15.75” and so well-balanced you can pretty much put a hand anywhere on its hardwood ash handle and still make some stellar chops. Add the fact that it offers Swiss-made steel and you’ve got yourself a great survival hatchet for less than twenty bucks.
Ken Onion is known for producing some wildly creative designs, but the Prowess is a stripped down, rugged knife that goes against his usual grain. This is a great knife for camping or hunting that feels good in the hand, opens fast thanks to IKBS, and is lightweight and nearly indestructible.
Condor’s Sabertooth machete is available with either a 12” or an 18” 1075 high carbon steel blade and high impact polypropylene handles. The black powder coating is going to hide your use marks well, which is good – considering they’re both less than fifty bucks, you’ll be using and abusing them.
We’ve got a great collection of fire steels, fire starters, compasses, match tube holders, parashovels, fire starter gels, and more. These are must-have outdoor essentials that anyone who’s looking to put together a safe and secure campsite will need.
If you’re looking for a lightweight honing steel to keep your edge ripple-free between sharpening sessions, pick up the Old Timer Honesteel. This is a tried and true honing steel with a chisel point, a lanyard hole with a leather lanyard, and a brown leather belt sheath. This honing steel has been a staple for many knife owners for decades, so it’s about time you picked up your own.
Let’s take a look at some of 2018’s greatest knife hits from Knife Center. These are knives that you guys just couldn’t get enough of and we sold more of than any other knives. Here’s the rundown:
So, we’ve sold a lot of Spyderco knives this year, including a lot of the Para 3, but what really surprised us was the SpyderHawk Salt. This is one of our top-selling Spydercos of the year, and it has to be because of how distinctive it is. This folding knife would make a great dive knife because it features a fully serrated hawkbill blade with Spyderco’s H1 steel. That’s right, this knife is a part of Spyderco’s Salt Series, which means it’s virtually impervious to rust, making it great for use in marine environments.
We’re revisiting Cyber Monday and marking down 3,200 items one last time before the big holiday rush is over. These prices are valid through December 21st at 11:59 PM, so be sure to check out our awesome selection of quality cutlery, multi-tools, and accessories to find the last-minute gifts you need to cross the rest of the names off your shopping list.
There’s still time! We can get some great Christmas gifts to you that will really “WOW” your friends and family. Be sure to take a look at our holiday shipping calendar for details so you can choose the right shipping option at checkout.
If you’re experiencing the freak out associated with last minute shopping, we’ve got you covered. We have a ton of amazing products that are and ready to ship. We’ve featured some of our favorite last-minute gift ideas below!
Stop browsing and start buying – these Concord Executive Nail and Toe Clippers are only $32.95. Buy now!
Nail nippers are another gift that everyone needs, be it on their keychain or by their bedside. We carry the highest quality nail clippers that are going to guarantee a clean snip every time. If you’re looking for some premium, durable options that will stay sharp, Concord Gentleman’s Accessories has you covered. DOVO, absolutely the best grooming company out there, also has great clipper sets that can be attached to your keychain and cuticle cutters that will keep your nail beds tidy. If you’ve finished up most of your shopping but need a handful of stocking stuffers to divvy up, you can’t go wrong with any of these quality nail nipper sets.
We’re featuring another round of great outdoor knives and survival gear that are awesome gift ideas, including handy tools that will make picking the perfect Christmas tree a cinch this year. Let us know in the comments what you think!
We can safely say that we’ve never been bored by a Swiss Army multi-tool design, and the nautical camouflage pattern on this new collection of Victorinox knives continues that tradition. You’ll have your choice of Classic SD, Skipper and Huntsman models, which give you up to 14 integrated functions. This holiday season, skip the lame stuffers and add these to your family’s stockings. Multi-tools make great gifts for everyone, and these unique colors are sure to be a hit this holiday season.
You’ve seen Cold Steel’s Chaos Stiletto go head-to-head with our buyer Jason’s steel fender. You’ve witnessed the carnage the Chaos Kukri can wreak in the wilderness. You watched the Chaos Tanto deal serious damage to a pick-up truck. Can you imagine all that power in one awesome Black Friday bundle?
Three times the Chaos, one great price – only $99.95 (shipped anywhere in the US) for three incredibly tough, high-performance knives. You can keep all three for yourself, divvy them out amongst your friends, or give the whole bundle to someone who is going to put that hard steel to work. This three-for-one deal saves you hundreds of dollars!
Cold Steel is known for making blades that are overbuilt and can take one heck of a beating. Inspired by the greatest fighting knives in history, their Chaos Series of fixed blades lives up to that legacy perfectly, combining maximum safety and security with extreme performance and combat potential.
For the best holiday deals and gift ideas this season, head over to KnifeCenter.com! This is just the tip of the iceberg – we’ll be putting out deals every day with awesome discounts that are sure to make the season bright.