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Some models never feel old. We’ve got some great knives this week that still feel as fresh as when they did when they first came out, from Benchmade’s Crooked River and Morakniv’s Eldris, to some newer faces too, including some DogBite fixed blades and a Condor machete designed by Julio Diez.

Benchmade Crooked River S30V Folding Knives

Benchmade Crooked River Knife Balanced On A Rock

A modern twist on a classic icon, Benchmade Crooked River knives combine traditional shape with modern technology for a supremely beautiful piece that will perform just as well. Just look at those gorgeous stabilized Dymondwood scales, the sweeping clip point blade, and the strong Axis Lock that lets you flip the blade open and closed to your heart’s content. Orange accents are the icing on the cake that really set this knife over the top. With long-lasting S30V steel, this is a knife that will be carried and appreciated for years to come.

Benchmade Crooked River Specs

    • Blade Length: 4.00″
    • Blade Thickness: 0.124″
    • Handle Thickness: 0.60″
    • Blade Material: CPM-S30V Premium Stainless Steel
    • Blade Hardness: 58-60HRC
    • Blade Style: Clip Point
    • Weight: 5.41 oz.
    • Overall Length: 9.30″
    • Closed Length: 5.33″
    • Pocket Clip: Split Arrow (Tip-Up, Right/Left Carry)
    • Class: Blue
    • Made in the USA
    • Blade Length: 3.40″
    • Closed Length: 4.50″
    • Overall Length: 7.89″
    • Blade Material: CPM-S30V Stainless Steel
    • Blade Thickness: 0.114″
    • Blade Hardness: 58-60HRC
    • Blade Style: Clip Point
    • Blade Finish: Satin
    • Handle Thickness: 0.52″
    • Handle Material: Contoured Dymondwood or Gray G10 with Anodized Aluminum Bolsters
    • Locking Mechanism: AXIS Lock
    • Pocket Clip: Deep-Carry Tip-Up, Right/Left
    • Weight: 3.29 oz.
    • Designer: Benchmade
    • Made in the USA

DogBite Knives All-Around Fixed Blades

Orange, Green, and Blue Dogbite All-Around Fixed Blade Knives on leather background

There truly aren’t many jobs that the DogBite All-Around isn’t suited for. The drop point blade is a solid performer, equally adept at skinning as it is opening boxes or preparing a meal. Kirinite makes a great choice of handle material too. Not only does it look great, but they are contoured and work equally well in precise holds and when gripping tight – a hard trick to pull off!

DogBite Knives All-Around Specs

  • Blade Length: 4.25″
  • Cutting Edge: 3.98″
  • Handle Length: 4.21″
  • Overall Length: 8.46″
  • Blade Material: 440C Stainless Steel
  • Blade Thickness: 0.13″
  • Blade Style: Drop Point
  • Blade Grind: Flat
  • Blade Finish: Satin
  • Handle Material: Kirinite
  • Handle Thickness: 0.84″
  • Sheath Material: Tan Leather
  • Weight: 4.0 oz.
  • Made in the USA

Expat Medellin Folders by ESEE Knives

ESEE Expat Medellin Knives sitting on wood

Much like ESEE’s Avispa and Zancudo models, the Medellin series features sturdy stainless steel frame locks across the board. With their AUS-8 steel blades and a G10 scale for grip, these folding survival knives have lived up to every expectation we had of them. Not only is it robust, it’s versatile design makes it work well in the wilderness, on the beat, and even back at home as your next EDC.

ESEE Expat Medellin Specs

  • Blade Length: 3.50″
  • Cutting Edge: 3.50″
  • Closed Length: 4.80″
  • Overall Length: 8.38″
  • Blade Material: AUS-8 Stainless Steel
  • Blade Thickness: 0.115″
  • Blade Style: Drop Point
  • Blade Grind: Full Flat
  • Blade Finish: Satin or Blac
  • Handle Material: Black FRN with Stainless Steel Lock
  • Locking Mechanism: Frame
  • Pocket Clip: Stainless Steel (Tip-Up/Down, Right Carry)
  • Weight: 4.1 oz.
  • Made in Taiwan

CRKT Persevere Survival Axe Head

CRKT Persevere Axe Head Lashed to a branch being held

Designed by Charles Cook out of Dundee, Oregon, the Persevere will be your secret weapon around the campsite or in, god forbid, a true survival situation. This easily carried kit includes everything you need to transform an ordinary tree limb into a competent life saving, wood splitting, shelter building device. It stows away easily in a small nylon pouch that can be carried on the belt or in a pack. Glenn Klecker pioneered the design and CRKT and Chuck Cook made it available to the masses. We love this little tool!

CRKT Persevere Features

  • Black Powder Coated Axe Head with Glass Reinforced Nylon Pins
  • Black Cord with Tie Bead
  • Woven Polyester Sheath with Belt Loop

CRKT Persevere Specs

  • Blade Length: 5.416″
  • Blade Material: 65Mn Carbon Steel
  • Blade Thickness: 0.160″
  • Blade Hardness: 52-56HRC
  • Blade Style: Axe Head
  • Blade Finish: Black Powder Coating
  • Sheath Material: Black 1680D Woven Nylon
  • Weight: 6.8 oz.
  • Designer: Chuck Cook
  • Made in China

Morakniv Eldris Neck Knives

Morakniv Eldris knife balanced on a rock with sheath and firestarter in foreground

The Eldris is a pocket-sized knife that is great for whittling and small precise jobs around camp. It features a fire starter-compatible spine, a Scandi ground 12C27 blade, and the symmetrical handle shape that guarantees a secure hold in any grip. Available in a variety of handle colors, the Eldris also has some great accessories available, including a secondary lock and collar that converts it to a handy little neck knife. 

Morakniv Eldris Specs

  • Blade Length: 2.2″
  • Overall Length: 5.6″
  • Blade Thickness: 0.08″
  • Weight: 2.8 oz.
  • Sheath: Polymer
  • Made in Sweden

Victorinox EvoGrip Swiss Army Knives

Victorinox Swiss Army Evogrip 14 pocket knife balanced on a coil of rope
Victorinox Swiss Army EvoGrip 14 Multi-Tool

There is no better companion than a Swiss Army Knife, and with contoured handles and rubber grip inserts, there is no better SAK for outdoor use than the EvoGrip series. Available with red or yellow handles, there is an assortment of models with all the tools you could possibly need, including scissors, saws, screwdrivers, files, pliers and more!

Victorinox Swiss Army EvoGrip 14 Specs and Features

  • Ergonomic handles with rubber inserts
  • Large blade
  • Can opener with small screwdriver
  • Nail file with nail cleaner
  • Bottle opener with large locking screwdriver & wire stripper
  • Lever design serrated edge scissors
  • Corkscrew
  • Punch
  • Reamer
  • Toothpick
  • Tweezers
  • Keyring
  • Lifetime warranty

Condor Wastelander Machete

Condor Wastelander Machete against a tree

What would you carry in the post-apocalypse? A solid machete is a great tool to have when everything goes haywire, and the Condor Wastelander makes a perfect companion. The robust Micarta handle flares out at the butt end and includes a finger guard for safe handling. The blade is over 12” of pure cutting power and at 0.12” thick, it is tough enough to take any abuse and then give as good as it gets.

Condor Wastelander Machete Specs

  • Blade Length: 12.69″ (322.1 mm)
  • Handle Length: 5.52″ (140 mm)
  • Overall Length: 18.21″ (462.1 mm)
  • Blade Thickness: 0.12″ (3.0 mm)
  • Blade Material: 1075 High Carbon Steel
  • Blade Style: Machete
  • Blade Grind: Convex
  • Blade Finish: Natural
  • Handle Material: Micarta
  • Sheath: Kydex with Leather Belt Loop
  • Weight: 26.46 oz. (750 g)
  • Designer: Julio Diez
  • Made in El Salvador

ESEE Survival Signal Tarp

ESEE Signal Survival Tarp stretched between two trees and the ground

It is hard to think of a more versatile piece of survival gear than a good tarp. This 5 ft. x 5 ft. ESEE Survival Signal Tarp is constructed of sturdy 300 denier nylon and can be used to keep gear dry, as an improvised bag or hammock, and of course as a makeshift shelter. Plus, the bright orange coloration makes it a great signal panel in an emergency, making it a must have for the serious outdoorsman’s pack.

ESEE Survival Signal Tarp Specs

  • Dimensions: 5 ft. x 5 ft.
  • Material: 300 Denier Nylon
  • Weight: 6 oz.
  • Made in the USA


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