We all know the history and legend behind knives like the Bowie or Buck knife, but the kukri knife is one so seeped in tradition and romance that the KA-BAR adaptation of the knife is this week’s Badass Knife of the Week.
The history of the kukri has roots in ancient times and has become something of a national symbol to the people of Nepal, who use the knife for nearly everything. The curved blade that makes up the kukri gives it the versatility to act as a weapon, agricultural tool or anything else you can imagine.
And the KA-BAR Kukri Machete is the best of its kind.
The knife boasts an 11.5-inch 1085 carbon steel blade with a functional angle of 20 degrees and a hollow grind. At an overall length of 17 inches, the kukri machete weighs in at 1.7 pounds, which gives it enough heft that it feels natural and balanced in your hands.
Like all KA-BAR products, the kukri is built to take on pretty much anything you can throw at it, including all the chopping and field use you can manage. The Kraton G handle features a nice butt cap and guard to keep it from slipping out of your grip.
As with any good knife, the Kukri Machete comes with a durable Cordura and leather sheath that attaches to your belt, so you can have it when you need it. With this beauty strapped to your hip, you’ll be all set in the jungle.
To any adult, using or carrying a knife is part of daily life. Most people never think twice about using a knife for activities like opening packages or even fishing.
But, as 18-year-old honor student David Duren-Sanner learned, mixing a knife and school can turn your whole life upside down.
A few weeks ago, David’s car was selected for a random search (which itself seems pretty outrageous), and Tennessee police found a small knife in the car.
The kicker of the whole thing was that the knife wasn’t even his. His father, a fisherman, had recently given him his car and accidentally left the knife in it. Needless to say, school officials did not buy the excuse and immediately suspended David for 10 days.
The legend of Vulcan, the Roman god of fire, has him manufacturing the finest steel weaponry for his fellow gods and heroes with an emphasis on craftsmanship, which is why Vulcan makes such an apt name for this week’s Badass Knife of the Week.
The SOG Vulcan embodies two admirable attributes of the Roman god: formidable strength and quality craftsmanship. The knife boasts a 3.5-inch, VG-10 blade with a tanto-style tip and good-looking grind that could put even the most decorated warrior in a trance.
We’re still slowly but surely making our way through the new knives of 2014 and we continue with new products from Condor Tool and Knife. The relatively new company has already has a wide assortment of machetes, axes, knives and survival tools to pick from, but everyone agrees that this year’s lineup is fantastic.
Here are the new products from Condor Tool & Knife.
The Bombus is a nice fixed blade knife with an overall length of 5 inches and a 1075 high carbon steel black finish blade. The knife comes with a Kydex sheath and chain, so it can be carried around the neck.
The Crotalus is a longer fixed blade knife that’s 10 and 3/4 inches overall. Like the Bombus, it features a Micarta handle, 1075 high carbon steel and comes with a Kydex sheath.
Picture yourself stranded in the backcountry with the sun beating down mercilessly on your face after a car crash throws you into the unknown. If you could pick one knife to have by your side, it should be this week’s Badass Knife of the Week: the Schrade Extreme Survival Knife.
When it comes to surviving, the less that can go wrong means the more that can go right. The Schrade Extreme Survival Knife excels in this area.
Over the last 30 years, the tactical knife has quickly become one of the most popular types of knives, with its functional application in different fields and ability to hold up in extreme uses.
Oh, and tactical knives look so damn cool.
That’s why we’re giving away two tactical knife items:
(1) Smith & Wesson Extreme Ops Tanto Pocket Knife with Partially Serrated Blade and
(2) The Tactical Knife by James Ayres.
The S&W tactical folder boasts a 3.3-inch partially serrated tanto point blade with a glass breaker and seat belt cutter for emergencies. And to teach you more about the different uses of a tactical knife, we’re throwing in The Tactical Knife by James Ayres, which teaches you all about the designs, techniques and uses of the tactical knife.
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The knife… a tool so useful and powerful that it’s been in our hands for more than two million years, clearing brush, hunting animals, slicing up dinner, and doing tons more.
There are thousands of knife designs out there, most of them bringing something special or unique to the table that you might not know of.
Thus, we bring you the “Badass Knife of the Week.”
Every week, we’ll highlight one knife that’s earned the right to be called badass. Basically, we’ll offer you a little eye candy to help break up the monotony of the week.
The first Badass Knife of the Week is the My Tighe from CRKT. The My Tighe, based on the award-winning design of custom knifemaker Brian Tighe (pronounced “Tie”), is one unique frame-lock folder.
With a high-hollow grind and deep belly with recurve, the 3.625-inch stainless steel blade boasts a high satin finish that leaves passers-by drooling with envy.
One of the best assets on a knife overflowing with features is CRKT’s patented OutBurst assisted opening mechanism. Fewer things are more important than being able to deploy your knife and the blade on the My Tighe engages with the push of its dual ramped thumb studs.
Zero Tolerance, a perennial winner of the Knife of the Year award from BLADE Magazine, is releasing six new products this year.
Along with the knives below, Zero Tolerance added a few modifications to other models, including a BlackWash finish to the 0560, 0350 and 0300 and a carbon fiber handle to the 0770.
The first product we’re showing you (based on the model number) is the ZT 0102, which is Zero Tolerance’s introduction to the tactical tomahawk. It has an overall length of 16 inches and a handle with G-10 scales. It boasts Vanadis 4 extra powdered steel for durability and protection. The back spike is great for penetration and the pommel can be used as a pry bar.
Based on Rick Hinderer’s Fieldtac, this tough fixed blade is lighter and smaller with a Vanadis 4 extra powdered steel blade. The blade is 9.2 inches overall with a 4.2-inch blade.
On this blog, we’ve taken a look at a lot of bizarre or strange-looking knives, from knives that look like sharks to pocket knives that won’t fit in your pocket. To be fair, the knife we’re about to show you is a piece of art and may very well be the greatest piece of knife art out there.
Behold the Pacifica by Jay Fisher.
Let me reiterate. This is a piece of art and is not necessarily made to be used for anything other than showcasing. Looking at it through that lens allows you to admire the artwork, execution and design of this amazing knife sculpture.
The piece was made by Jay Fisher, a fantastic custom knifemaker who’s made great functional knives like this one and this one. But he’s very proud of this creation and even has a whole page on his site dedicated to the Pacifica.
Last week, we took a look at the new knives being released this year by CRKT, but this week, we’re looking at the new Buck knives of 2014.
Buck has always been a reliable name in the knife industry because they never rest on their laurels (and lord knows they can). Although Buck Knives didn’t do anything drastic this year, the new products are broadening their line of knives. In addition to the items below, there will be a few additions, redesigns and the commemorative edition of the 110 we told you about two weeks ago.
726 Mini SpitFire
The original SpitFire was introduced last year with enough success to prompt a smaller version for this year. The new lockback folder weighs 2.1 oz, as opposed to the original SpitFire’s weight of 3.2 oz. The anodized aluminum handle of the sleek knife comes in the three colors above. Like the original version, the Mini SpitFire’s blade is made of 420HC steel.
183 Alpha Crosslock