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…
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.
Cold Steel is one of the most popular knife brands for tough, durable steel and heavy-duty cutting tools. Over the last three decades, Cold Steel’s innovations have put them at the forefront of the knife industry. From the introduction of their unique San Mai steel to the debut of the ultra-secure Tri-Ad lock, Cold Steel has mastered the art of creating some of the best combat and tactical weaponry in the knife business. Cold Steel’s employees aren’t just knife fanatics, they’re also weapons experts and martial artists with years of experience. What sets them apart from many other knife and tool brands is that they see the value in redefining an EDC. Cold Steel is the type of company who will try to make a pocketknife out of a machete – that’s just how they roll.
That being said, there are eight Cold Steel products that we put on a pedestal above the rest. We’ve chosen the best Cold Steel knives so that you can skip the research and get straight to performance. We can only watch Cold Steel’s Instagram for so long before we’re itching to demo their knives ourselves!
Cold Steel 20LT Tuff Lite Folding Knife
Cold Steel’s 20LT Tuff Lite is one of our favorite small utility knives on the market. This folding knife offers the strength and dependability that you’ll always find in a Cold Steel knife in a package that is compact and comfortable to carry. This American knife company knows that the best tactical EDCs have to offer an ergonomic grip for piercing cuts, so the integrated finger choil ensures a full grip that makes this knife feel like an extension of your hand. Not only is this folder the perfect size for everyday utility tasks, it’s also a great concealed carry self-defense knife. The Wharncliffe point is going to allow for deeper, more penetrating cuts without appearing overly tactical, so you’re not going to draw any attention to yourself when you have it on hand.
Check out the entire Minituff Series at KnifeCenter!
Looking for a self-defense tool for you or a loved one? We’ve picked out eight tactical essentials that make perfect gifts – even if you just end up treating yourself!
KnifeCenter is the original and largest online catalog of cutlery, and that includes the best tactical knives in the world.
Kershaw Dmitry Sinkevich Concierge Flipper
Love the look and feel of Dmitry Sinkevich’s designs but don’t have Zero Tolerance money? Enter the Concierge, his new flipper collaboration with Kershaw. The clean, refined look is paired with black G10 handle scales, a custom inset pivot, and a backspacer with raised jimping. This knife fits your hand comfortably and flips smoothly thanks to Kershaw’s manual KVT ball-bearing system. Considering it’s less than forty bucks, adding this compact flipper to your cart seems like a no-brainer.
United Combat Fighter w/ sheath $14.95
The KnifeCenter doesn’t feature many knives at this level of pricing. We like to sell quality products but we understand that there is a place for all types of tools. You may not have a $100 socket set in the trunk of your car for emergency use. A $10 special from the rack at your hardware store may do that that purpose. If you’re going into an outdoor arena where you need a good size knife but have a good chance of leaving it behind, you may not want a $300 Chris Reeve knife- maybe this is a great option. This is a heck of a deal at $14.95 and we just can’t get over the value for the dollar and overall features on this item. The sheath is a basic plastic but does a great job. We think this is an incredible value and that’s why we offer it to you at www.knifecenter.com
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They say absence makes the heart grow fonder-well, after a few years of missing an Emerson Knives classic, we’re thrilled to be welcoming an old friend back to the flock-the legendary Emerson CQC7B!
One of the all-time great knives, the CQC7B is really what made Emerson Knives famous. Featuring a 3.3″ chisel-ground 154CM steel tanto-point blade, G10 handles, and a smooth linerlock mechanism; the CQC7B is a tough, hard use tactical folder made to go where other knives can’t. (Emerson knives have even been commissioned by NASA for use on the Space Shuttle!) It’s available in plain or combo edge. Made in the USA.
We’re so glad to have the revolutionary CQC7B back, and there’s no better time to give the gift of legendary Emerson quality! (Or pick one up for yourself…)
Take a look at www.knifecenter.com today!
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Introducing SCAR Blades
Every once in a while at the Knifecenter, we are lucky enough to add a new brand to our family. SCAR Blades, a company started by two brothers and based in Idaho Falls, Idaho, produces custom hand-built blades for the outdoors, law enforcement, and military communities.
Most SCAR knives are made from 1095 high-carbon steel, prized worldwide for its sharpness and edge retention. Furthermore, they are heat treated only along the sharpened edge, allowing the “softer” steel of the spine to absorb impacts and reduce fatigue. Most SCAR blades offer full-tang construction and phenolic handles, and feature Kydex sheaths custom-fitted to each knife. Backed by a lifetime warranty, these are rugged knives, designed for the toughest tasks around. Made in the USA. Check out the new additions at www.knifecenter.com!
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United Cutlery SOA Assault Knife
United Cutlery puts out an interesting assortment of products. Some are fantasy, some are curiosities and some are decent usable products. This fixed blade SOA (Special Operations Association) model is one of the latter. They are economically produced in China (of course) and have a decent quality of steel (AUS-6) and a great pattern of relief on the Micarta handles. We can market these at $38.95 which is a great price for a decent knife. They have a Kydex sheath with a belt clip. You can see them at www.knifecenter.com
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New Condor Tool and Knife Barong Machete!
The Filipino Barong Machete is a great choice for several reasons. It is longer than most fighting knives without being measurably heavier – making it a favorite of martial arts folks. It’s a very easy and effective weapon to wield. It is also a favorite of outdoorsmen in the know, as it is weighted towards the front of the blade, making it great for clearing foliage tirelessly.
You can see them at www.knifecenter.com
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Mantis MU-6 Cyclops Neck Knives
Mantis Knives releases a great necklace tool. Sometimes a funky looking necklace is actually a wicked-cool concealed neck knife with a really cool opening mechanism and availability in a bunch of colors! These take some getting used to, but, once you understand the way they work, they are really cool.
You can see the series at www.knifecenter.com
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Nobody delivers better tactical folders for less than 15 bucks than Smith & Wesson and these new Special Tacticals are no exception to that rule! These knives are available with steel handles in a satin finish or urban camo with tanto blades, and with plain or combo edges. You can see all of them at www.knifecenter.com or check out other products by Smith & Wesson.
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