There are countless reasons why you’d want a nice small folder. They’re portable, convenient, and legal to carry openly in most places. But sometimes a small folder simply won’t cut it.
For those heavy duty tasks, the new Spyderco K-2 is your knife. Spyderco continues to make its foray into the large folders market with this hefty knife designed by Farid Mehr.
Mehr is a British custom knifemaker whose knives are known for being downright tough. His first collaboration with Spyderco continues that trend. The K-2 boasts a 4.54-inch full-flat grind blade made of CPM 10V steel. Here’s what Spyderco says about the steel: “the first high-vanadium tool steel made using Crucible steel’s Powder Metallurgy process.” The high-vanadium levels give it a much stronger wear resistance.
An old saying goes something like this: “Stars: they’re just like us.” Except for the whole money and fame thing, it’s largely true.
Celebrities, like us, have their own obsessions and collection habits. While some celebrities collect really strange and impractical items (such as Johnny Depp’s disturbing Barbie collection), some are reasonable people who, like many of you reading this, collect knives.
A surprising number of celebrities are really into knives, including Keith Richards, Steven Seagal, Ziggy Marley, Wayne LaPierre, Kid Rock, and Pamela Anderson, but the following are among the most notorious and well-known knife collectors.
Sylvester Stallone (actor in Rambo, Expendables, etc.)
Stallone with Gil Hibben
We’re all familiar with John Rambo’s love for awesome knives, but the man who plays Rambo is equally enthusiastic about knives. Sylvester Stallone has been a big collector of knives for a long time and continues to be one to this day. I’m not sure if it’s Stallone’s influence or just the movies he acts in, but Stallone always manages to get some amazing knives into his movies, such as a Spyderco in Cliffhanger, the unique Herman Schneider knife in Cobra, and, of course, the Lile Rambo knife.
A few weeks back, the knife world suffered a huge blow with the loss of legendary knifemaker Kit Carson. In honor of Kit, we’ve selected the CRKT M4-02 as the Badass Knife of the Week.
Although Kit Carson is probably best known for creating the revered M16 series with CRKT, the M4 had become Kit’s most consistent selling custom knife since 1990 and for good reason. The knife was a work of art.
Last year, we reported that the Wenger brand of Swiss Army knives was no more. After absorbing Wenger, Victorinox decided it was retiring the Wenger name and would only sell knives under Victorinox.
Since many people lamented the loss of the unique Wenger knives, Victorinox decided a selection of Wenger knives would be integrated into the Victorinox collection.
In August, the new Victorinox/Wenger models were introduced. These new models, which undeniably take cues from Wenger, are from the new Delémont Collection. (Delémont is the name of the city that housed the old Wenger factory.)
The Delémont Collection features rebranded Wenger knives with a few modifications and the Victorinox shield. The main things that really set the two Swiss Army knives apart was Wenger’s unique ergonomic handles, blade serrations, a button locking mechanism, and different tools like pliers.
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.
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.
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.
The 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.
Late 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.
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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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.
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.