“I believe the more complicated a product becomes, the more likely it is to fail when your life depends on it.”
This is a quote from the designer of this week’s Badass Knife of the Week: the Blackbird SK-5 from Ontario Knife Company.
Designer Paul Sheiter eschews the gimmicks and add-ons often associated with survival knives in favor of a knife built to last with solid construction and quality materials.
It’s well into 2014, but we’re still taking a look at the new knives coming out this year. Sure, some of the new knives are already out, but they’re definitely worth a post.
Here are the new Cold Steel knives of 2014.
Magnum Warcraft Tanto
Readers of the blog will remember that the Warcraft Tanto was the Badass Knife of the Week not too long ago, but the Magnum Warcraft Tanto is billed as a bigger and better version. The Magnum, like its younger brother, is made with CPM 3-V steel, it boasts a foot-long blade to make it more of a mini-sword.
1917 Frontier Bowie
One of the most anticipated of the new Cold Steel knives is the 1917 Frontier Bowie. With a blade length of a little more than 12 inches, the Frontier Bowie is one huge knife. The knife, which is larger and heavier than the Magnum, has a rosewood handle and a 1055 carbon steel blade. Although it’s almost laughably big, you’ll definitely make an impact with this blade.
Next up is the Eland, a folder with a ring lock. The Eland is similar to the Kudu, but the blade is an inch longer at 5.25 inches. The design is inspired by ring lock folders found more prominently in Africa. It has German 4116 stainless steel.
This week we’re doing something a little different with the Badass Knife of the Week. Instead of one knife, we’re featuring a knife set: the Gil Hibben 12-inch 3-piece Throwing Knife Set.
There are hundreds of reasons why these are among the most badass throwing knives out there, but let’s get down to the most important thing. The knives feel amazing in your hand right before you send them hurtling toward the bullseye across your yard with a reliable precision.
Space: the final frontier. This is the story of a Swiss Army knife and a weather-balloon. Its four-minute journey: to reach new heights and challenging conditions, to boldly go where no knife has gone before.
Knives in space!
Forgive my indulgences, but the opportunity to redo the opening monologue of Star Trek with knives seemed too good to pass up. A man in Switzerland, who was sponsored by Victorinox, launched a weather-balloon into the heavens. Attached to the balloon was a Classic Swiss Army Knife and a GoPro camera to capture the stunning images.
We’re already three months into the year, but we’re still making our way through products jumping onto the market this year. We’ve gone through new knives from CRKT, Zero Tolerance and a few others and today we’re looking at some of the new items from ESEE.
ESEE Knives, which focuses mainly on gear for the outdoors and survival situations, only has four new products slated for this year, but they definitely don’t disappoint.
First up, we have the Terrill Hoffman-designed ESEE-CM6. It’s billed as the joining of “tactical and practical,” meaning the knife excels out on the battlefield or in the forests. It has a hefty overall length of 11.13 inches with a blade length of 5.88 inches. The drop point blade is made from 1095 carbon steel with a textured black powder coat. A canvas Micarta handle covers the full tang of the knife.
It comes with a black Kydex sheath.
This week’s Badass Knife of the Week ain’t your father’s Swiss Army knife.
The One-Hand Trekker from Victorinox is a beautifully modern take on the classic Swiss Army knife, blending the reliable functionality of the old models with a sleek and stylish design fit for the 21st century.
The first thing you’ll notice on the Trekker is the attention-grabbing 111mm (roughly 4.4 inches) serrated blade. Two things set this blade apart from previous models. First, it’s one of only a few blades to have a locking mechanism. Second, it has a hole for quick and easy one-handed opening.
After a long, cold winter, spring is finally here. And there’s no better way to celebrate the arrival of spring than picking one of the best spring-assisted knives as the Badass Knife of the Week: the Kershaw Leek.
The Kershaw Leek is widely considered an awesome spring-assisted knife and typically appears on lists naming the best pocket knives on the market (including our own list).
Here’s why: The Leek may very well be the perfect EDC.
Kershaw LeekIt features a 3-inch, Sandvik 14C28N steel blade with a bead-blasted finish and a reliable frame lock. It’s entirely functional and made to be durable, but it also has a good-looking design that you’d never be ashamed to whip out.
The knife was designed by renowned knifemaker Ken Onion, who invented the SpeedSafe assisted opening mechanism.
When you need the Leek in a pinch, all you have to do is pull back on the flipper or use the thumb stud for a quick engagement.
The reversible pocketclip allows you to carry the knife either tip up or tip down and the assisted opening mechanism allows you to engage the knife with one hand, regardless of which one you use. That means the Leek is exactly where you want it when you want it.
Wallets are large, uncomfortable and bulky (if you’re lucky). If you’re the kind of guy who’s bent on keeping your pockets as unobtrusive as possible and aren’t bogged down by rewards cards from places like Petco or Panera Bread, ditch the wallet for something a little more discreet and fashionable: a money clip.
The money clip is straightforward, unassuming and typically boasts a nice metal design that’s more durable than any leather wallet. And to kill two birds with one stone, many money clips also double as a pocket knife.
To help you in your search for a new money clip and pocket knife, we’ve broken down some of the most interesting knife money clips.
Victorinox Swiss Army Money Clip
The Swiss Army knife is the ultimate multi-tool, so it makes perfect sense to attach a money clip to it and make it a full-fledged multi-tool that’s the only thing in your pocket. The Victorinox Money Clip model has a blade, scissors and nail file with cleaner. This model actually comes in three colors.
The custom on St. Patrick’s Day is to wear something green. Some people wear green shoelaces or a green hat, but if you’re the kind of knife nut who’s reading this blog, your green item is probably a knife.
In honor of St. Patrick’s Day, we’re looking at the top 10 knives with green handles.
Spyderco Delica 4 with Green FRN Handle
The Delica 4 is already widely considered one of the best pocket knives on the market, so when you add a splash of green to the durable FRN handle, it becomes one of the best knives with a green handle.
Boker Plus Nano with Toxic Green Handle
The Boker Plus Nano is a nice blade that proves size doesn’t always matter. This little folder packs a big punch and boasts a comfortable ergonomic handle, even though it’s tiny. This version of the knife has a toxic green handle.
We welcome you to step inside the wicked world of the Warcraft Tanto from Cold Steel, which takes the title as this week’s Badass Knife of the Week.
The Warcraft Tanto, the first product in the Warcraft series, boasts some specs that seem like they’re straight out of a video game. It features a gorgeous 7.5-inch, DLC (Diamond Like Coating) coated blade that’s highly resistant to rust and scratches. The blade itself has a stout flat ground primary cutting edge and a chisel ground secondary bevel that creates a formidable second point ideal for a snap cut.
And we haven’t even gotten to the best part of the blade yet: the steel.