Yes, we’re deep into the year, but that’s not going to stop us from showing you some of the new knives of 2015. We’re continuing with new products from Condor Tool & Knife.
There’s not as a robust offering of new products as some of the other brands, but the 2015 products from Condor TK are definitely worth a look.
We’re kicking things off with the Final Frontier. This is a nice fixed blade with a 4-inch blade that has a Scandi grind. The blade itself has epoxy black powder coating. Hollow rivets hold together the ergonomic handle made of Micarta. At the butt of the knife is a smashing pommel.
It comes with a sheath.
Primitive Bush Knife (Matt Graham edition)
The Primitive Bush Knife is a collaboration between Condor TK and survivalist Matt Graham. Using his experiences living off the land, Graham designed this knife for outdoor adventures. Its 8-inch blade is made of 420HC steel.
It has a hardwood handle and comes with an interesting handcrafted leather sheath that’s supposedly more like a pouch.
Mini Duku Parang Machete
Next up are the two Mini Duku Parang Machetes. Both machetes feature blades made of 1075 high carbon steel with a natural finish and boast hardwood handles.
When it comes to marketing and branding, no company has done a better job the past few years than Taylor Brands LLC. With the help of Taylor Brands, Schrade has come roaring back from the grave with a slew of fantastic survival knives, including the Schrade SCHF38 Frontier, Schrade SCHF27 Extreme Survival, and Schrade SCHF9 Extreme Survival.
While much of the recent focus on Schrade has been with these badass fixed-blade knives, it’s the simpler folders that are getting the short end of the stick.
So we’ve decided to review the Schrade SCH107 Folder.
Before getting the knife, I had no qualms about its overall purpose. This is in no way a survival knife or even a folder designed for heavy-duty tasks. With those presumptions in place, the SCH107 undoubtedly met my expectations.
After carrying around the larger Spyderco Tenacious as my everyday carry for a while, the SCH107 felt smaller in the hand. That’s not necessarily a bad thing either.
When engaged, the knife has an overall length of only 6 inches but fits my hand surprisingly well. The design of the knife is nothing spectacular, but that’s not why this knife is so compelling. It seems well-made and perfectly adept at tackling some of the mundane tasks you’d encounter around the house.
Let’s take a closer look at some of the knife’s components.
The blade is 2.5 inches long with a bead-blasted finish, which removes the reflective properties of the steel. Many laws restrict carrying knives that are longer than 2.5 inches, so it has the added benefit of being legal in many places. You’ll still want to double-check the laws in your area.
In the most iconic scene from Crocodile Dundee, Mick Dundee and his lady friend are accosted by a mugger with a switchblade, to which Mick comments while pulling out his own Bowie knife, “That’s not a knife? That’s a knife.”
Sure it’s a roundabout way to introduce the latest Badass Knife of the Week, but it’s 100 percent worth it because the Dundee Bowie from Condor Tool & Knife will have people constantly remarking, “Now that’s a knife.”
Every now and again, we like to take a look at the best-selling knives here at Knife Depot to find out what models and designs are currently the most popular. While the best-sellers change pretty frequently, this is usually a good indicator of the types of knives people are reaching for.
We thought I’d be cool to share this information with you, so you can also see what knives people are picking up.
We broke this information down by brand to make it easier. Again, the best-sellers change often, but these are the current best-sellers from CRKT.
5. CRKT Onion Skinner
Coming in at Number 5 is the Onion Skinner. This unique fixed blade was a previous Badass Knife of the Week honoree for its near perfect design. It took Ken Onion a couple of years to get this knife right—he even had it field-tested by hunters and taxidermists.
The skinning knife has an unusual shape, but the fact that it was tested and refined means its success has been proven. It has a Bohler K110 stainless steel blade and handle scales that are Twin-Fused with a Zytel core.
4. CRKT Endorser
The Endorser is a relatively new knife that’s a recent addition to the best-sellers. Released in 2013, the Endorser seemed like such an interesting knife that we made note. Here’s what we wrote about it a few years ago:
“This is a highlight because while the trend seems to be more innovative and unique designs (which isn’t necessarily a bad thing), the Endorser is a back-to-the-basics straightforward folder that’s not without signature advances in knife technology.”
When facing off with nature in a critical situation, don’t let your knife’s response time and weight slow you down. Critical situations demand the Ken Onion Blur from Kershaw knives.
Our latest Badass Knife of the Week isn’t called the Blur for nothing. This pocket knife uses Kershaw’s patented SpeedSafe assisted-opening mechanism, which allows for quick and easy engagement with one hand.
But what really sets this iteration of the hugely popular Blur apart from the others is the premium S30V powdered stainless steel used for the blade.
Man at Arms: Reforged is a video series on YouTube that tasks a team of blacksmiths and craftsmen with making some of the most outrageous swords and weapons from pop culture.
They’ve done a lot of crazy creations like the Zelda Double Helix Sword, but the latest video sees one of their biggest swords ever: Guts’ Pre-Dragonslayer Sword.
While I typically have some fondness for the weapons created on the series, I must admit I am not familiar with the Berserk manga series, but I do have an appreciation for the creation of knives. (I do understand that this is actually a Pre-Dragonslayer sword and not the actual Dragonslayer sword wielded by Guts.)
For me, these Man at Arms videos from AWE me have always been more about the process because we get an inside look on how the weapons are made. In this video, we even get the bonus of seeing them create and scavenge for new ways to do things because the sword is so massive.
Your boots are made for more than walkin’ — but that’s our little secret.
The tactical knife gurus at Smith & Wesson have designed this Badass Knife of the Week to fit snugly and securely in your footwear for the utmost discretion.
Standing for Hostage Rescue Team, the Smith & Wesson H.R.T. Tactical Boot Knife is the perfect choice for a last-ditch weapon when things get rough.
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The Boker Plus Anti-Grav Pocket Knife claims the honorable distinction of being the first Badass Knife of the Week with a ceramic blade. What’s so badass about a ceramic blade? Let us explain.
The 3.25-inch ceramic blade on the Anti-Grav has a number of advantages over traditional steel blades, including superior edge retention, a lighter weight, excellent rust-resistance, and much more.
We’re still going through the new knives you’ll see this year. Today, we’ve got some products from Buck Knives, including its first automatic knife.
616 Buck Ops Boot Knife
This boot knife, with its 154 CM steel blade and black G10 handle, is designed for easy accessibility. It comes with a leather sheath that has a plastic liner to be used as a neck knife if desired. The sheath is highly versatile.
Open Season Series
We’re bundling these knives together because they complement one another. The new series includes a folder, skinner, boning, caping, and small-game knife. The knives have either S30V or 420HC steel blades and a handsome rosewood handle.
This is a set of new knives: a caper and boning knife. Both of them are constructed with S30V steel and boast a minimalist design for lightweight and easy carry. They fit into a nylon sheath.
One of the biggest additions to Buck is its first automatic knife. It uses S30V steel for the blade, and springs open by sliding a button. The MSRP on the Impact is $220.
This and the next knife go together because they’re both made for quick deployment with one hand.
In terms of the most classic American knife pattern, nothing tops the stockman folder. For that reason alone, the Case Medium Stockman is a worthy Badass Knife of the Week. But the knife is much more than a historical artifact.
A leading knife manufacturer since its inception in 1889, Case Cutlery has worked hard to become a yardstick for quality in personal knives, foregrounding a level of craft that has garnished considerable respect around the world.