Badass Knife of the Week: KA-BAR Utility Knife

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During the height of World War II, the U.S. Marines sought a fighting and utility knife that could meet the needs of the elite fighting force. That’s where the Badass Knife of the Week enters the picture: the legendary KA-BAR Fighting Utility Knife.

With the quality that you can expect from a standard issue knife for the Marines, the KA-BAR has many of the features that made it a constant carry for numerous armed servicemen and women both at home and abroad.

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These Stealth Kitchen Knives Only Need Sharpening Once Every 25 Years

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You’ll never get far in life if you don’t harbor a healthy dose of skepticism, and it’s only natural for your skeptic senses to tingle with a claim like only having to sharpen a knife every 25 years. But that’s what a company called TB Groupe claims of their knives.

Although the Furtif knives in the Evercut series — which consists of a Chef’s Knife, Santoku Knife, Kitchen Knife, and Paring Knife — look like they could easily be something found in a cave thousands of years ago, these hyper modern kitchen knives boast some pretty impressive specs.

They feature a geometrically unique handle (that almost looks like a folded up Cardsharp) in a “stealthy” deep gray.

The true innovation in the Furtif knives is the blade, however. Laser-bonded titanium-carbide surface on the blade can apparently last 300 times longer than standard steel and 5 times longer than ceramic. Since there is underlying steel, the blade is also much less brittle than ceramic.

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Badass Knife of the Week: Cold Steel Recon 1

Cold Steel Recon 1

The latest Badass Knife of the Week set the standard for tactical folders by serving up a knife that’s not only smooth, strong, and durable but also surprisingly affordable. Yes, we’re talking about the Cold Steel Recon 1.

Whether you’re using this knife to cut open MREs abroad or to protect yourself at home, you’ll be satisfied with the Recon 1′s exceptional portability, stealth, and durability.

Cold Steel Recon 1 TantoThe particular iteration of the Recon 1 we’re highlighting features a 4-inch partially serrated clip point blade that excels at piercing and slicing. This blade style also gives you a sharp point that allows for greater control when doing detailed tasks.

Made with imported Japanese AUS8A stainless steel, the blade boasts a black Tuff-Ex finish that gives the blade a tactical look.

The designers of the Recon 1 spared no expense in adding details and premium flourishes to create an all-around badass knife.

With the highly renowned Tri-Ad locking system, the Recon 1 becomes a safe and reliable folder capable of withstanding rigorous use by using an inner stop pin to redistribute pressure put on the mechanism.

The success of the Recon 1 series is evidence that Cold Steel hit all the right spots, and the best part is that it comes in various blade styles, edge types, and sizes. That means you get the knife exactly the way you want it.

If you’re interested in finding out more about the Badass Knife of the Week, check out the Cold Steel Recon 1 Partially Serrated Clip Point Knife product page or search our site for other variations.

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Top 5 Designs from Late Knifemaker Kit Carson

Kit CarsonLate last week, the knife world suffered a huge loss with the passing of legendary knifemaker Harold “Kit” Carson. Not only was Kit Carson one of the pioneers in the knife industry but he was also a retired master sergeant as well as a mentor and teacher to so many people.

Carson was probably best known for his work with CRKT, which he collaborated with on a few groundbreaking knives like the M16 and M4.

Although he was respected for his knives, one of Carson’s lasting legacies was his willingness to talk to anyone who needed help, had questions, or just wanted to chat. He would go above and beyond to help out.

I was recently trying to pinpoint the person that invented or popularized the flipper and stumbled upon a thread at BladeForums.com from 13 years ago and Kit Carson was kind enough to respond to the post by saying with the utmost humility that it was in fact CRKT and himself who made the flipper popular in today’s folder.

This is just one example of a countless ways Kit Carson would make a point to respond to people and have an open line of communication.

In honor of the knifemaker, we’re looking at 5 of his creations. Incidentally, all of the knives were picked up by manufacturers, but the pictures show his custom work taken directly from his website.

If you are inclined to help out, the family has requested donations be made to parkinson.org.

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The Model 4 was Kit’s “flagship custom” (as he called it) because of its popularity. Even though the design was picked up by CRKT for the masses, it remained one of his most requested custom knives. It’s a solid EDC with a simple but reliable design.

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Badass Knife of the Week: Schrade Old Timer 152OT Sharpfinger

Old Timer Sharpfinger

You know you’ve done something right when your design becomes a standard that many other knife companies aim to mimic. That’s just one of the many reasons why the Old Timer Sharpfinger is the Badass Knife of the Week.

The Schrade Old Timer 152OT Sharpfinger, which has become a generic term for knives in this style, is a fixed blade with an iconic upswept blade that makes the knife more than just a skinner.

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Badass Knife of the Week: Kershaw JYD II

Kershaw Junkyard Dog II

They say you can’t teach an old dog new tricks, but the Badass Knife of the Week is evidence otherwise.

The Kershaw Junkyard Dog II is an iteration of customer knifemaker Tim Galyean’s popular Junkyard Dog and it pulls out some new tricks.

Like a real junkyard dog, the JYD II is intimidating and packs a big bite. Featuring a hefty 3.6-inch blade that’s built for heavy-duty use, the knife is also just small enough to make a great EDC while handling some of the more nuanced tasks.

One of the first things you’ll notice on the knife is the outstanding composite blade that uses high-carbon high-chromium D2 steel for the edge and a durable Sandvik 14C28N stainless steel for the spine.

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Buck Unveils New Compadre Series for 2015

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Buck Knives is set to debut a new series of knives called the Compadre Series.

The Compadre Series, which goes on sale in 2015, will consist of a camp knife, hatchet, and chopping froe. Designed with the outdoor enthusiast in mind, the products in the series have an instantly noticeable red powder-coated blade made of 5160 steel. The more underrated aspect of the line is the Heritage Walnut Dymondwood handles.

Here’s a little more info about the products in the series, which will make its official debut at the OR Show.

104 Camp Knife

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The Compadre Camp Knife features a full-tang construction and an overall length of 9.5 inches. MSRP $80

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Badass Knife of the Week: Benchmade Griptilian

Benchmade Griptilian

With a strong reputation and a staunch commitment to quality, Benchmade is one of the most respected brands out there. So you shouldn’t be surprised that one of Benchmade’s most popular knives is this week’s Badass Knife of the Week.

The Benchmade 550SBKHG Griptilian features an all-American design that makes even the most hardened knife enthusiast swoon.

This particular iteration of the Griptilian features a partially serrated, black-coated blade that’ll turn heads. A convenient thumb hole allows for quick and comfortable engagement of the 3.45-inch 154CM steel blade.

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Knife Falls From Sky Right Into Man’s Head

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We’ve all heard that expression about how you shouldn’t try to catch a falling knife, but a recent news story takes that saying to a whole new level.

A man in China was taking a stroll around his hometown when all of a sudden his head started feeling heavy and strange, according to Malcolm Moore of the Telegraph.

It wasn’t until someone spotted the man and pointed at his head with incredulity that he realized something was way off. A 5-inch knife was firmly lodged into his head after falling from the eighth-floor balcony of a high-rise building.

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Badass Knife of the Week: Schrade SCHF12

Badass Schrade SCHF12

In honor of our awesome giveaway with Schrade, we bring you the latest Badass Knife of the Week: the Schrade SCHF12 Recurved Tanto Fixed Blade.

The Schrade SCHF12 boasts an array of features that take the knife from great to the greatest. Let’s start with the well-designed blade.

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