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Know Your Tang
Full: One solid piece of metal runs down the length of the handle, with one end being a sharpened blade and the opposite end acting as the handle. Partial: The metal runs through the handle but not all the way down; it may also not match the full wi
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Knife-Only Survival in the Movies …
Knife-only survival scenes in several iconic movies have whetted the general public’s appetite for this kind of adventure. Johnny Rambo spends some time in knife-only survival mode—whether he’s building traps or slaying hogs. In The Hunted (2003), Be
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A 1st Lieutenant’s Legacy
In every military conflict since 1967, soldiers have carried DAN-D Green Beret Knives. Here’s the story behind the very first DAN-D Green Beret Knife—its maker, the soldier who commissioned it, and the tumultuous times that surrounded it. Patriotism
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How To Master Knife-only Survival
Think knife-only survival happens only in the movies or on TV? Think again. If you spend time in the outdoors, you just might find yourself in a knife-only survival scenario. But you can prepare yourself to prevail even when you’re on the edge of sur
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Why Are The Berets Green?
The 10th Special Forces Group (Airborne) formed in 1952. The Group unofficially wore berets while training. In the beginning, the berets came in many colors—not just green. Over time, green became the favorite. Why? Because the Group had many OSS Wor
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Distinguished Service Cross
Godsey was a patriot who felt the need to serve, recalls a classmate who served with him. He was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross posthumously for his extraordinary heroism. Awarded for actions during the Vietnam War, the President of the Uni
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EMERSON KNIVES,I NC. & THE American Dream
In the current knife world, where fall-shut action, super steels, and thin behind the edge are considered prerequisites to EDC folding knife superiority, Emerson Knives delivers a slow and steady rebuttal. An Emerson knife has action that must be bro
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Camping With Dogwood Knives
I was first introduced to Dan Eastland of Dogwood Custom Knives while roaming the aisles of a popular outdoor trade show in Atlanta, Georgia. Dan Eastland has qualifications that would make most hardened outdoorsmen look like greenhorns. From his fi
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Specs
Overall length: 8.5" Blade length: 4" Blade thickness: .125" Blade finish: Subdued black Handle length: 4.5" Handle material: Micarta Sheath: Leather Steel: O1 MSRP: $120 Overall length: 9.75" Blade length: 5" Blade thickness: .125" Blade
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Fire Fly Handle Scales
Dan told me that he has crawled around in debris looking for his knife, hoping to find the handle—before the blade. From his desire to reduce this nuisance for others, he developed what he calls Fire Fly, and it is definitely a game-changer. Fire Fly
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Knives Illustrated
Bryan J. Ball Editor Erin Masercola Consulting Editor Wendy Wilson Managing Editor Jacqui Dawson Art Director Bryan J. Ball, Reuben Bolieu, Pace Clynke, Jim Cobb, Michael D’Angona, John Dennehy, Bob DeMarco, Nick Shabazz, EJ Snyder, Tim Stetzer G
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The Hawk HAS LANDED
There are hatchets and then there is the Ucon Hawk Hatchet. This superbly constructed chopping tool designed by Leo Espinoza at Tops Knives is a masterpiece of both functionality and a display piece of absolute beauty. Sporting a full tang and a uni
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Winning On Merit
When I was young, I never cared much about football. In all honesty, I still don’t pay much attention to the NFL, but I am a proud New York Jets fan. (I know… They suck.) Let me explain how I became a supporter of arguably the most dysfunctional fran
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Specs
Overall Length: 15.0” Blade Length: 4.87” Cutting Edge: 4.87” Blade Thickness: 0.25” Blade Steel: 1095 RC 56-58 Blade Finish: Tumble finish Handle Material: Black Canvas Micarta – Black/Orange SureTouch G10 Knife Weight: 31.1 oz Weight w/ She
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American Made Edc
If you carry small, loose items with you, it can be hard to keep them secure and accessible. Medication is especially vulnerable to being crushed. I’ve used small zip-close bags before, but they don’t really offer any protection to their contents. Th
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Hatchet Handiness
This handheld mini ax does much more than chop wood. It can be your all-around multitool when deep in the backwoods. Here are some uses that may not have been on your radar. SHAVING TINDER—Although it may seem like a clunky, cumbersome tool, a hatch
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Less Is More
It seems to me there are more and more designers and companies in the production knife market every day that are producing more and more models. Combined with social media and direct sales, allowing companies to drop their latest and greatest without
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Hinderer Jurassic Gen 2 “Better Than The Icon?”
Hinderer Knives is an iconic company in the world of folding knives. Rick Hinderer began making art knives in the mid 1980s. After becoming a firefighter/EMT, he began applying what he learned on the job. He moved away from making art knives and bega
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Esee Knives Xancudo
The folks at ESEE Knives know a thing or two about what works in the field. They should, because they use their knives while teaching, doing search and rescue work, hiking, backpacking, camping, hunting, and shooting. When you pick up an ESEE knife,
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Specs
Blade Material: 20CV Blade Length: 3.25” Blade Width: 1.25” Blade Thickness: 0.165” Blade Finish: Stonewash Handle Material: Titanium/G10 Frame Material: Titanium Weight: 5.55 oz Locking Mechanism: Frame lock MSRP: $450 ■
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Specs
Overall Length: 7.12" Cutting Edge Length: 3.0" Maximum Thickness: 0.125" Steel: S35VN, 59-60 Rockwell Weight: 3.8 oz (knife only) Weight: 6 oz (knife with sheath) Sheath: Molded Finish: Stonewashed Handle: 3-D G10 Made in the U.S.A. MSRP: $
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Bark River Gunny Mini The Perfect Edc?
It would be difficult to find a knife company that is more American than Bark River Knives. The shop is tucked away in Escanaba, which is in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. There, the company employs more than 40 hardworking men and women who assemble, s
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A Warranty To Beat All Warranties
ESEE stands behind its products, and it knows that folks who buy the company’s knives are going to use them, and even abuse them. The warranty is really simple: If you break it, ESEE will repair or replace it. Period. While I’m sure the crew shakes t
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Send It In
That’s the gist of Bark River’s warranty. Chip the blade? Send it in. Dropped it on the garage floor tip first? Send it in. Damaged in a house fire? Send it in. Shoved the blade too far into the sheath and the point popped out the other side? Send it
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Tang Talk
Tang is an odd-sounding word mentioned throughout the knife community. For those new to the wide-spanning blade-filled world, you may be perplexed as to what it is, what it’s referring to, and most importantly, how does it affect your blade choice an
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The Beautiful World Of Custom Pro-tech Knives
If you’re in the market for a custom automatic knife that’s made in America, take a look at Pro-Tech Knives. Highly respected and known for its line of well-made knives, the family-owned company builds models in all price points—from well below $200
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Specs
Overall length: 15.5" Blade length: 10.25" Blade thickness: 0.1875" Blade steel: 1095 carbon steel with acid wash finish Handle: Black canvas Micarta Weight, knife only: 17.7 oz Weight, knife and sheath: 25.4 oz Sheath: Black ballistic nylon
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Staying Keen
Simple high-carbon steel (as is found on most TOPS Knives) is easier to keep sharp than most steels, especially stainless. An EZ-LAP double-sided diamond hone (coarse and fine) will work for almost every type of field sharpening. Working blades requi
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Knives Illustrated US
Bryan J. Ball Editor Erin Masercola Consulting Editor Wendy Wilson Managing Editor Jacqui Dawson Art Director Bryan J. Ball, Reuben Bolieu, Peter Colligan, Jim Cooper/SharpByCoop, Michael D’Angona, Bob Demarco, Zach Kersey, Ben Sutton Gabe Frimme
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Backyard Bush Craft
I live in the suburbs. I work in an office. I have a tool chest full of luxury goods that I call my knife collection. I have grown accustomed to the lifestyle that only a little bit of age, experience, and savings can provide. I like to spend time ou
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