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Top Five Best ESEE Knives

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Try this: whip out your phone and text the biggest outdoor and survival knife enthusiast you know and ask them this – “who makes the best survival knives in the business?” Chances are, they’re going to tell you that ESEE ranks pretty high (if not the highest). Since 1997, Jeff Randall and Mike Perrin have been changing the game when it comes to the wilderness industry. Their goal is to offer realistic tools that are designed for people that are going to use and abuse them, which is why their brand has been so successful. Their ‘no questions asked’ warranty doesn’t hurt, either – you’re essentially covered for everything but rust. If you break it, they will replace it.  

Even in the company’s philosophy, it clearly states that one of the most important aspects of the business is that ESEE won’t provide a piece of gear that hasn’t been tested in the real world. How seriously do they take that mission? Considering that ESEE’s founders also run an adventure and training company that regularly does jungle survival courses in the Peruvian Amazon, we’d say – very. Anyone who regularly handles outdoor knives knows the power of 1095 carbon, and ESEE is able to get more out of that steel than any other production knife company thanks to their famous heat treatment.    

You know the drill by now – as the leading cutlery retailer, we’re overqualified to cherry-pick the best ESEE knives for you. Let’s begin with the knife that started it all…

 

ESEE-3

 

Best Application

General purpose field and utility knife that’s perfect for bug-out bags or survival kits

Why We Love It

What the ESEE 3 lacks in size, it more than makes up for in strength. It’s the very first knife that Jeff and Mike debuted at ESEE, essentially making it their flagship knife. The National Tactical Officers Association gave it a 4.77 out of 5, cementing its reputation as a favorite with law enforcement and military teams.

Why You’ll Love It

Like we said before, you’re going to get more out of that 1095 carbon steel than you will from any other knife company. This knife is comfortable and easy to carry thanks to its size and versatile sheath. Because this is such a popular knife model, we have over 40 iterations of the ESEE 3. From combo blades to Venom Green finishes to highly visible orange scales, we can pretty much guarantee there’s a model out there for even the most eccentric knife user.

Spyderco Nilakka Folding Pukko Design

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Spyderco Nilakka Folding Pukko Design

The latest addition to the Spyderco line is the folding Puukko design by Pekka Tuominen, the Nilakka, and what a cool knife this is. Based off the successful Spydero FB28WDP Puukko and adapted for the folding knife enthusiast, the Nilakka is unlike any other knife in your collection. The squared off G10 handle is robust, comfortable in the hand and will not rip up your pockets. The knife buries deeply, opens smoothly and locks up tightlyas with all Spydercos. What makes the Nilakka unique is the zero grind it incorporates all the way down the blade to the cutting edge. There is not a separate bevel on the edge, which makes resharpening the knife more difficult but this kind of grind is unparalleled in slicing performance. You can find this unique folding knife at www.knifecenter.com.

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Hardcore Hardware Australia in the House!

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Hardcore Hardware Australia in the House!

The tides of the fixed blade knife are a-changing and Hardcore Hardware Australia is riding that wave and doing it very well. These days people are flocking to the larger, bulkier knives that have a multitude of uses beyond cutting. They want to be able to chop, pry, split, saw, dig, hammer, break, etc. from a single tool that they always have at their side. Much like Mercworx, Robson RPW, and Medford Knives, these are meant for battlefield use and hard use at that. All blades and tactical axes are made from Teflon coated D2 tool steel and measure at least 6 mm thick. This gives you peace of mind that Hardcore Hardware knives can handle what needs to be done, even if not intended to do so. Fit and finish is right up there with Spartan Blades when it comes to fixed knives, they are just perfectly ground, honed, and assembled to give you a tool that will last years. Check out this newest bomb proof line of knives at www.knifecenter.com.

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New Condor Knives at SHOT Show 2019

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Our very own David C. Andersen got the rundown from designer Joe Flowers about what’s new for 2019 from Condor Tool and Knife, including a sneak peek at the eagerly awaited Terrasaur.

 

 

New Ontario Knives at SHOT Show 2019

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The KnifeCenter crew loves to spend time outdoors, so we’re always in need of sturdy fixed blades. Ontario has some new stuff that has us really excited this year, so we stopped by their booth at SHOT Show 2019 to see what new knives we will be beating up on.

 

You’ve Got To See This Israeli Designed Combat Knife

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DUSTAR Model 1 Arad Combat Knife
New Israeli Designed Combat Knife

Brands like Ka-Bar, Ontario, and TOPS make excellent knives, designed to take the stress of combat situations. But they have one inherent weakness: They are designed in a country that has not experienced war on its own soil in a hundred years. DUSTAR, making their debut with the Model 1 Arad Combat Knife, does not have that particular problem. As a knife designed and manufactured in Israel, the Model 1 is a product of one of the most dangerous areas in the world. This knife was not made by or for idle knife collectors. It was made by expert knife makers, according to the exacting requirements of the world renowned Israeli military, and it was made to be used in combat.

The clip point blade, which also features a live back edge, is made with D2 steel, which keeps an edge for a long time. This lowers the amount of maintenance needed on long trips in the field. The handle is made of practically indestructible fiberglass reinforced nylon, and is tightly attached to the blade with steel pins.

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ZT0121 Fixed Blade Knife on Sale

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ZT0121 Fixed Blade Knife on Sale

ZT as released a great compact fixed blade knife with a 4-1/4″ S30V black coated stainless blade. The handle is extra compact for this size blade and actually sorter then the blade. The feel is great and a medium sized hand fits around this knife in an extraordinary manner. The texture on the handle of this knife is rough enough to allow for a grip when wet, but smooth enough to be comfortable in any condition. The double molle compatible clips from American Sportsmens Products will work great on any attachment scheme. This knife will work as a lightweight combat knife or an every day carry all around camping knife or what ever you need. There is also a strap on top of the Kydex sheath to keep the knife in. Very cool feature! Knifecenter highly recommends this great knife., You can see them at www.knifecenter.com

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Benchmade H&K Conspiracy Folding and Fixed Blades

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Benchmade H&K Conspiracy Folding and Fixed Blades

Very reminiscent of the Benchmade Adamas series, these stout tactical knives from Heckler & Koch give you tons of functionality at a very reasonable price point. The 5mm thick 9Cr13 stainless steel blades will sharpen up to a great edge and with the coating are very unlikely to corrode or rust. Available in a folding model with titanium frame lock and 3.6″ drop point blade or a fixed 4.8″ tanto model, both sport highly textured G10 handle scales, a large index finger choil, and good functional jimping. The fixed model comes with a friction fit polymer sheath and a skull crusher handle with lanyard hole. The H&K Conspiracy knives are excellent duty use tools with their tactical features and for a price that you won’t feel bad using and abusing them. Check these out at www.knifecenter.com.

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8 Great Knives and Tools for Survivalists

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It’s mid-August, and we here in Fredericksburg, Virginia still have plenty of time to get some solid camping sessions in before winter makes it extra fun. If you’re looking to upgrade your pack or pocket with some new outdoor essentials, you’ll find some great options in this list of eight must-have survivalist tools.

 

CRKT Ignitor Assisted Folders

The Ignitor sets the standard for value-priced, high-tech folding knives with its patented features and layered G10 handle scales. Not only do you get the surefire action of its OutBurst assisted deployment, but you also get the security of CRKT’s patent-pending Fire Safe mechanism. This design offers the best integration of folder safety and fast access that we’ve ever seen in a sport or work folder. We have plain blade options and models with Veff serrations, which are great for cutting cord, netting, and vegetation quickly.