The Endura and Delica are two of Spyderco’s most enduring models. Each is currently in their fourth generation and better than ever. Now joining this lineup is the brand-new Endela, which sits right between these two in terms of size. Not too big, and not too small, it perfectly bridges the gap to create a brand new EDC knife, and it just feels right.Continue Reading
It’s that time of the month where we get to look back at the best new items that hit our shelves in the past few weeks, and there’s a lot to get excited about. These are the best new knives (in no particular order) from June 2019!Continue Reading
Today we’re gonna be looking at two kings of the ultra-light pocket knife scene. The Benchmade Bugout versus the Spyderco Para 3 Lightweight. Despite the difference in price we can see these two knives being cross shopped very easily as they sport some of the same elements to appeal to folks looking for high-performance cutting in a package that won’t weigh you down.
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 big jobs. The blade is instantly recognizable as a Spyderco. It has a broad profile, a full flat grind and their signature round opening hole. We’re going to break down what makes this such a great knife for everyday carry and why you should add one to your rotation.
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.
Spyderco’s Salt Series of knives was made with one thing in mind: to make corrosion an afterthought. Through the use of exotic steels and handles with plenty of traction, these knives were made to be ideal companions in corrosive and aquatic environments, hence the name Salt. On top of that, the Native 5 is a fantastic American-made EDC that contains all of the best elements we love about Spyderco designs.
Now that Spyderco has welcomed the Native 5 into the Salt family it comes with some new tweaks, making this high-performance knife even better. The biggest change is the use of high-performing LC200N blade steel, famously used by NASA in ball-bearings as a substitute for 52100 in their aerospace equipment. This steel is a nitrogen-enriched tool steel that offers edge retention that can rival many of today’s modern super steels, a big leap over the H1 steel that Spyderco has traditionally used in their Salt knives. LC200N also sports exceptional toughness and extreme corrosion resistance, making it ideal for use in the Salt Series.
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PROS: Sharpness, lock type, handle material, overall quality, pocket clip, ease of opening, handle feel, weight, lock ease of use, blade material
“One of the best big Benchmades of all time. THIS is what a 21st century Buck 110 should be. The awesome wood scales, huge bolsters, and a blade that looks like a really wide 110 blade. Build quality is perfect. The action out of the box is perfect, it’s only the second knife I have ever bought that I have been able to say that about. The big 4-inch blade effortlessly swings out into lock up. This thing is SHARP! No need to pay to have someone bring the edge up to snuff, it’s already there. Even on both sides. AXIS locks up with no blade play, which surprised me since the blade is so big. This is the best Benchmade I have seen in a couple years. It’s an instant classic.” – Celticcross74
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.