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Essential Outdoorsmen Gear Under $50

With fall approaching, those of us who love to spend our time outdoors are eagerly awaiting some casual bushcrafting and hunting adventures without the summer heat or winter freeze. Whether you are a casual trekker or a seasoned hunter, now is the perfect time to get out and play with your favorite blades. For all you outdoorsmen on a budget out there, we’ve pulled together what we feel is some of the most essential hunting and outdoor gear under $50. Now you can focus solely on the right thing – The Hunt.

 

Havalon Replaceable Blade Hunting Knives

 

 

We’ve asked our social media followers before what they prefer for their hunting adventures – a solid full-tang fixed blade or a knife with replaceable blades. The results were surprisingly even. Replaceable blades are great for lessening the weight of your pack and they keep you from needing to sharpen while field dressing your game. Havalon’s Piranta knives make it easy– when the blade gets dull, just pop it off and replace it with a razor sharp new one. For less than thirty-six bucks, you’ll get thirteen replacement blades, a rugged, stain resistant handle with a grippy rubber inlay, and a durable Nylon holster. For the hunters looking to speed up their field dressing and skinning processes, the Piranta may be the best knife option for you.

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KnifeCenter’s Review: Spyderco’s Earth Brown G10 Para 3

 

Spyderco’s new limited edition Para 3 sports S35VN blade steel and earth brown G10 handle scales. This premium steel gives you a great combination of edge retention, durability, and corrosion resistance. The scales are lightly textured and offer a secure grip in the hand without adding bulk and the earth brown color is easy on the eyes, which pairs well with the satin finish on the blade and metallic pocket clip. Check out the full review on Spyderco’s latest limited edition run in the video!

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KnifeCenter Interviews Knife Designer Justin Gingrich

 

Justin Gingrich is a world-renowned knifemaker known for his multi-purpose knife designs with tactical leanings. He stopped by KnifeCenter to show off some of his custom fixed blades and his new folder, which features a proprietary delta lock design that is set to be one of the strongest locks ever.

The Ten Best Karambits: Our Fixed Blade Favorites

Karambits are some of the best self-defense weapons that you can have in your arsenal. They’re ideal for close quarters combat and can be carried on your neck, shoulder, or belt for easy access in a life or death situation. Inspired by the intimidating sharp curve of a tiger’s claw, these fixed blade knives originated in West Sumatra in Indonesia and actually served as agricultural tools that could cut through thick roots and help plant rice. That distinct curve you see on modern models wasn’t a part of the original design – once karambits started making their way through trade routes and became more weaponized, that exaggerated claw became sharper.

We’ve pulled together a list of the ten best karambit knives – and lucky for you, they’re all available at KnifeCenter. We feel that these karambits are some of the top performing fixed blades available, and any one of them would make a boss backup weapon.

 

United Cutlery Honshu Karambit

 

Stylish, affordable, and discreet – three qualities that definitely make any karambit a must-have self-defense accessory, and we think that United Cutlery hit the nail on the head with this design. The rubberized handle on their Honshu model has three ergonomic finger notches. In our opinion, this one will give you some of the best handling of the bunch – pretty vital considering the most popular karambit fighting techniques need a strong grip to be executed properly and safely.

Why we picked it: This is the most popular and most purchased karambit in the world because of its price, quality, and great design. It’s also one of the best and most common karambits available on the market. This knife’s affordability means a wider range of people are going to be able to get their hands on a quality built karambit with a great design.

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8 Great Knives and Tools for Survivalists

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.

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Top Picks: Mid-Summer Outdoor & Survival Gear

Twice a month we pull together some of the best outdoor and survival knives and tools so you can update your outdoor pack or emergency kit. Basically, we’re doing the work so you can spend less time shopping and more time adventuring. This week we have a cool variety of items that range from folding steak knives to knife bracelets. Intrigued? Check out the items below and follow the links to fill your cart with some mid-summer camping essentials.

 

Boker Magnum Outdoor Cuisine III Folder

Looking forward to an upcoming camping trip? Are you a survival enthusiast or bushcrafter who wants to pack light? The Magnum Cuisine III is a kitchen knife designed for the great outdoors that will cut through freshly grilled game with ease. The broad 440C Japanese Nakiri-style blade is perfect for slicing through both tough meat and delicate veggies, and the Rosewood scales feel as good as they look.

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Classic Spyderco Knives from the Vault!

Knives that flooded the market years ago return better than ever as new production models with updated features all the time, and Spyderco is no exception. One of the (many) benefits of working at KnifeCenter is that your personal knife collection will grow to include some older knives that will be collectible reminders of some of the best times in knife history. Jason, our buyer, and Howard Korn, our Founder and CEO, were gracious enough to bring some classic Spyderco knives out of retirement for this blog – so let’s take a trip down memory lane.

 

The Spyderco Worker

This retired Worker model was produced in 1997 and was their first knife to transition from the traditional GIN-1 steel to ATS-55 steel. Spyderco used ATS-55 prominently in their Japanese-made knives from 1998-2003.    

 

We have to kick off our list of classic Spyderco knives with the knife that started it all. The original Worker was debuted at the 1981 SHOT Show in New Orleans. It was Spyderco’s first folding pocket knife to offer their trademarked Round Hole and a pocket clip for convenient carry (which also marks it as the first Spyderco Clipit model). Later iterations also introduced Spyderco’s fully serrated SpyderEdge. Jason picked up this model in 2001, which fell in the 1998-2003 ‘Golden Era of Spyders’.

 

First Generation Spyderco Q 

This Q model is one of three designs that commemorate the fantastic efforts of Blade Magazine, one of the best knife publications and a must-have resource for any knife enthusiast.

 

Collectors everywhere would be pretty excited to have any knife from Spyderco’s Q series, especially this rare Blade Magazine commemorative model. This knife comes engraved with its original Collector Card number and encased in the early edition of Spyderco’s white boxes. The original Q was named the Silhouette, and it was created specifically so you could commission knives with a unique company logo of your very own. The Q series is comprised almost exclusively of knives with laser cut logos, including a 1998 SHOT Show edition.

 

The Spyderco Co-Pilot

Fans of this Co-Pilot model say it has the smoothest action of the bunch. Since only 1,200 pieces were ever produced, getting your hands on one puts you in an exclusive Spyderco club of collectors.

 

This may be hard to believe considering the rules and regulations of the present day, but originally the Co-Pilot was sold as a two-inch airline knife that you could take with you on a plane. The original Co-Pilot was produced between 1987 and 2001, before the full ban on bladed items on airplanes, and while times have changed this compact design endures. Here we have one of the more expensive variations that was introduced as a sprint run in 2006 and comes with VG-10 steel and Almite aluminum handles.

 

The Spyderco Native III

 

Now for something a little more familiar to the non-collecting knife lovers out there – the Native III. This is an example of a knife that has seen quite an evolution since the original Native was released in 1997. The C78 Native III you’re seeing here has an industry nickname – ‘3D’ – because of the handle’s thick design, palm swell, and textured thumb and finger pads. Introduced in 2004, this version of the Native III has a VG-10 blade and a distinct swedge-grind that reduces weight and adds balance.

The Native line continues to be a pretty prolific series, but the latest iterations still keep the same overall aesthetic.

 

A back-to-back shot of the original Native III and a new Native 5 makes it easy to see the newer model’s upgraded S35VN full flat grind blade. The Native 5 also has a screw construction and is produced in Spyderco’s USA factory in Golden, Colorado. 

 

The Spyderco Vesuvius

 

Designed by late longtime custom knifemaker and former President of the American Knifemaker’s Guild Frank Centofante, this first generation Vesuvius was introduced in 2001 with ATS-34 steel – the predecessor to ATS-55. This knife kicked off a series of Spyderco-Centofante collaborations that includes four Vesuvius models, and his presence made such an impact that Spyderco designed a memorial knife in his name to commemorate the incredible contributions he made to educate Spyderco’s manufacturing team.

 

The Spyderco Endura

The original Endura was one of the first Spyderco knives that came with a tip-up pocket clip.

 

The Endura made waves in 1990 when it was first introduced and won Blade Magazine’s ‘Overall Knife of the Year’. The original iteration had some features that were later improved or changed for future Spyderco knives – the pocket clip, for example, was notorious for breaking because of its thin build. Later versions had a thicker clip to avoid cracking and breaking issues. Spyderco produced a version with a red Zytel handle, as well, before using that handle color exclusively for their training knives – a practice they maintain to this day.

 

The latest Endura models have come a long way. Newer Enduras have a larger Spydie Hole, a four-way pocket clip, skeletonized liners, and a thicker tip than their old school predecessors.

 

One of the coolest things about looking back at these classic models is that you can really see Spyderco getting their footing – these small changes and additions are reflected in every new Spyderco knife that we see. Of course, we can’t talk about the Endura without also bringing up…

 

The Spyderco Delica

The ‘Big Brother’ to the Endura, the Delica has seen a myriad of updates and improvements throughout its decades-long history.

 

This industry favorite has been in every single one of Spyderco’s product catalogs since at least 1993. Originally designed by Sal Glesser, the first generation Delica became a bestseller that was created specifically to provide a lightweight pocket knife with a one-handed opening that almost anyone could afford. The second generation Delica was debuted in 2006 with some new upgrades – a stainless steel handle, a stainless steel pocket clip, and an AUS-6 steel blade. It wasn’t until 2001 that the Boye dent and reversible pocket clip were added to the Generation 3 model.

 

Just like with the Endura, the Delica has come a long way from the original. These two knives have seen much of the same improvements over time, including the larger Spydie Hole and Boye dent lockback mechanism.

 

That wraps up some of our favorites – what classic Spyderco knives do you have in your collection? We’re always itching for any chance to whip out some of our oldies (and goodies). What knives would you like to see next? Be sure to visit our Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter and tag us in some photos of your own vintage Spyderco knives.

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KnifeCenter Reviews the Cold Steel Code 4 & Leatherneck SF

Cold Steel has built quite the reputation over the years by creating knives that have the durability of a tank – I’m sure you all remember us testing that theory on Jason’s truck. Spoiler alert if you haven’t watched that video: the truck lost. This time we’re taking a look at the Code 4 and the Leatherneck SF. Check out the video, then put one (or both) of these knives in your cart – you won’t regret it.

 

 

 

The Results of the Knife World Cup!

We received more than 20,000 comments over the course of 15 rounds in our Knife World Cup tournament – no small achievement, and we have all of you to thank! Any time we do a giveaway we hit some of our highest numbers, but this was definitely one of our more successful campaigns. From June 11th to July 18th, we asked you guys to stay tuned to our social media feeds and vote in every round – and one lucky winner (congrats, Daniel!) who did so won a Chris Reeve Sebenza.

The goal of this tournament was for the best knife to win, so we did see some unlikely matchups. We know we compared apples and oranges sometimes, but it was all done at random to ensure that we didn’t put any of our bias into the tournament. We also counted all the comments. Nothing was done by eye – we let an Excel spreadsheet do the work, instead. Here is a rundown of each round so you can see just how much your vote counted.

 

Round One – Match 01

The Benchmade Griptilian reigned supreme in this round, beating the Ontario Rat 1,257 to 422.

 

Round One – Match 02

Round two was a shutout victory for Zero Tolerance, whose 0562 beat the Emerson CQC-7 1,253 to 351.

 

Round One – Match 03

This matchup was much closer than the previous ones – the Buck 110 won over the WE Knives 703, 841 to 533.

 

Round One – Match 04

Another close round, but Rick Hinderer’s XM-18 still came out on top over Cold Steel’s Recon – the final score was 761 to 575.

 

Round One – Match 05

One of our closest rounds of the entire tournament, the Kershaw Leek went head-to-head with Boker’s Kwaiken. The Kwaiken came out on top, 709 to 622.

 

Round One – Match 06

KA-BAR’s 1217 USMC smoked the ESEE Izula – the final score was 1,285 to 681.

 

Round One – Match 07

This round introduced the overall winner, so we obviously know the outcome of this one – the Chris Reeve Sebenza beat out the Microtech Ultratech 814 to 425.

 

Round One – Match 08

The final match of round one was a total landslide – Spyderco’s Paramilitary 2 beat the Kizer Gemini 1,022 to 133.

 

Round Two – Match 01

The Griptilian once again came out on top, beating the Buck 110 1,025 to 372.

 

Round Two – Match 02

The Sebenza was victorious once again, this time knocking the Boker Kwaiken out of the tournament. The final score was 961 to 323.

 

Round Two – Match 03

ZT came out on top against Rick Hinderer’s XM-18. The 0562 won 711 to 461.

 

Round Two – Match 04

The final match of round two brought Spyderco victory – the Paramilitary 2 dominated over the 1217 USMC 923 to 308.

 

Semi-Finals – Match 01

Things are firing up, and the Griptilian couldn’t take the heat. The Sebenza won 651 to 496.

 

Semi-Finals – Match 02

The Paramilitary 2 heads to the final round after winning 720 to 459 against the ZT 0562.

 

The Final Round!

Here we have it – the final round. It was close, and the Paramilitary 2 put up one heck of a fight…but the victory went to the Chris Reeve Sebenza with a final score of 730 to 539.

 

This was a fun experiment on our end, and we hope you guys got just as much joy as we did reading through the comments and seeing different perspectives on the matchups. Despite our penchant for mischief (looking at you, That’s What I Call Knives: Volume One), nothing was rigged on our end. At the end of the day, we have to give you guys props for your taste in knives – you definitely picked a winner!

 

Outdoor & Survival Knives, Tools, and Gear

While it seems like it has been hot forever at this point, summer has only started – there’s still plenty of time for hiking, camping, hunting, and bushcrafting before the weather turns on us. Then again, we’re located in Virginia…’unpredictable’ is an understatement when it comes to our weather. These eight outdoor essentials are ideal for survivalists from any region, including locations with seriously sweltering humidity.

 

Spyderco Sprint Run Delica 4 Wharncliffe Folder

Inspired by a request from one of their customers, this variation of a Spyderco favorite features a flat-ground Wharncliffe-style blade crafted from high-performance HAP40 tool steel. You’ll get all the standard Delica 4 Lightweight features paired with a thick, straight edge that specializes in controlled cuts. This workhorse lockback also sports unique burnt orange handles that make it a standout from the lineup. This knife is in such high demand that we’re actually waiting on a new batch from Spyderco – so stay tuned for the next run!

 

Steel Will Roamer Outdoor Fixed Blades

Tough, versatile, ergonomic – all characteristics embodied by the Roamer. These fixed blades come in a wide variety of blade shapes, some of which are forged from high quality D2 tool steel. The grippy handles are available in highly visible orange and attractive black, and their deep grooves ensure a firm hand purchase, even in wet conditions. If you’re a hunter or a fisherman, you need a Roamer.

 

KA-BAR All American Tactical Spork 3 Pack Set

You may not think of a spork as a complete set of flatware, but KA-BAR’s twist on this classic kitchen utensil is just that thanks to its hidden serrated knife. Made from foodsafe Grilamid, this USA-made fork/spoon combo tool is dishwasher safe and weighs in at only 3.9 ounces – a light load for any backpack, pocket or tool box.

 

Real Steel Knives Bushcraft D2 Folder

Real Steel was tasked with making a compact folding knife that performed like a bushcrafting fixed blade – and we can safely say they delivered. This folder has a tough D2 plain blade with a Scandi grind and a squared off spine that can be used with a fire steel. The G10 scales will stay grippy even in wet conditions, and the red stainless liners give it a touch of class you don’t usually see with survival knives in this price range.

 

Cold Steel Rajah II Folders

Any true outdoor enthusiast knows that having a kukri is a requirement, not an option. It’s a multi-purpose tool that cuts, chops, slices, and shears through tough materials like butter. Cold Steel has come through with a folding kukri that comes equipped with their Tri-Ad locking mechanism, Griv-Ex handles, and your choice of CTS-BD1 or AUS-10A steel. We can tell you firsthand that holding this 14” monster folder makes us feel ready to take on anything.

 

Buck Knives Silver Creek Series Fillet Knives

For the big fish hunters out there, these fillet knives are perfect for large catches. Made with flexible 420 Series steel that’s highly corrosion resistant, these blades will bend and move easily through meat and scales to give you a perfectly sliced fillet. The blue rubber handles have anti-slip grips and stainless steel safety guards that feel great in the hand, making these a necessity for any angler.

 

Camping and Survival Fire Starters

We have a wide variety of fire starters that are sure to shed some light on your next outdoor adventure. We’ve got 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, secure, and festive campsite will need.

 

ESEE Knives Orange Survival Signal Tarp

Made from 300 denier nylon, this 5’x5’ signal tarp can be used for keeping things dry and can act as an improvised bag or hammock. For the bushcrafter or survivalist who wants to travel with as little gear as possible, this American-made tarp can perform a multitude of tasks – you can even build a makeshift shelter with it.