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Watch This Guy Fail While Cutting a Watermelon with a Sword

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Knives are important, lifesaving tools that everyone should know how to use. Unfortunately, that’s not the case.

More often than not, we see people completely misusing knives, swords, and axes in ways that not only make you scratch your head but also fear for their (and bystander’s) lives.

To help demonstrate how people shouldn’t use knives, we’re starting a new series of posts called #knifefails. These videos or images may involve bodily harm and property damage, so they aren’t always for the faint of heart. What all these videos do have in common is a lack of respect of blades.

We already have some posts in our archives that demonstrate irresponsibility with knives (including one last week in which a cohost on Fox & Friends threw an axe at someone), so we may revisit those in the future.

We’re kicking off things with a mild, but undeniably stupid knife fail.

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Badass Knife of the Week: Magnum Special Forces

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When you combine the convenience of a pocket knife with the utility of a rescue knife, you get our latest Badass Knife of the Week: the Magnum Special Forces Pocket Knife by Magnum by Boker.

This pint-sized tactical knife is dedicated to one of the world’s most elite units, the US Navy SEALs. With an emblem that says Special Forces, the knife will make a big impression on veterans and Navy junkies alike.

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Win a Kershaw Ken Onion Blur

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Is there anything left to be said about the Kershaw Blur that hasn’t already been said?

It’s renowned as one of the best folding pocket knives around and features a fantastic design from the mind of the legendary Ken Onion. It has a 3.375-inch blade and uses Kershaw’s SpeedSafe assisted-opening mechanism.

Since there’s not much left to say about the knife, let’s just give one away.

The Kershaw Blur we’re giving away has Knife Depot emblazoned on the black, partially serrated blade.

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Watch ‘Fox & Friends’ Host Hit Someone With Flying Axe

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About a week and a half ago, a host on Fox & Friends hit someone with a flying axe… and on television!

Yes, you read that right.

While teasing an upcoming segment, host Pete Hegsworth chucked an axe at a pretty large wooden board with a bullseye. The axe went flying over the board and hit a drummer from West Point’s marching band.

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Badass Knife of the Week: Schrade SCHF36 Frontier

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The people have spoken: our latest Badass Knife of the Week is one extraordinary fixed blade. As the most recent winner of the People’s Choice award at BLADE Show 2015, the Schrade SCHF36 Frontier has proven its worth by helping countless people navigate parts of the wilderness where no other has gone before.

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Father & Son Knife Makers

My son is only a few weeks old, but I’m already looking forward to all things I’ll teach him about my trade. Unfortunately, the things I work with aren’t necessarily cool. Sure, blogging and the occasional graphic design is fun, but it’s not nearly as badass as making knives.

A select few fathers and sons have traded thoughts and ideas surrounding knives, and some have even collaborated on designs.

Since it’s the time of year when fathers and sons get together, we decided to take a look at the father and son duos in the knife world. Let us know in the comments if we made any glaring omissions.

Michael and Baltazar E. Martinez

michaelmartinezandhisfather2_fullMichael, along with his father Baltazar, invented a number of items over the years, but what they’re best known for is the CRKT Ultima Fixed Blade. Michael Martinez is a sculptor, inventor, and martial artist who helped reinvent the fixed blade with the Ultima.

Here’s what Michael said at the CRKT site: “In my edged weapons training, I kept noticing how many knives didn’t feel right, didn’t have a grip that gave both control and comfort in the four fundamental tactical grips.”

His father, who was a mechanical engineer working on classified nuclear system design for the defense department for more than 30 years, contributed to the project by injecting his own design into the knife.

The result was a knife that achieved 22 out of 23 ideal contact points with its comfortable handle. Even though this father and son duo is mainly known for designing this one knife, they definitely deserve some recognition.

Sal & Eric Glesser

Few knife makers have brought such innovation and legitimacy to the knife world like the legendary Sal Glesser. Sal—the founder of Spyderco—not only pioneered features like the pocket clip, serrations, and ambidextrous opening hole but he’s also a very down to earth guy. You can find him frequenting knife forums and answering people’s questions with honesty and modesty. He designed the Delica, Endura, Military, Persistence, and many others.

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Cold Steel Sues CRKT Over False Advertising

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We all know there’s little love between knife manufacturers. When you are trying to make a knife stronger, better,  and more interesting than a competitor, there’s bound to be tension and animosity.

But Cold Steel is taking it to the next level.

In a press release, Cold Steel announced that it’s suing CRKT over misleading marketing assertions. Cold Steel says CRKT’s claims that its various locking mechanisms—including LAWKS, AutoLAWKS, and L.B.S—can convert a folding knife into a “virtual fixed blade” is not only misleading customers into buying poorly performing knives but also causing losses to their business.

Here’s more from Cold Steel President Lynn C. Thompson: “Consumers are entitled to truthful information. They need to know what a knife can and can’t do. We are a nation of people who USE our knives. Responsible knife owners want to use their tools, and they should be given honest information about the performance, reliability and safety they should expect.”

logoSo what does Cold Steel want out of this lawsuit? The company is seeking an unspecified amount of money from damages caused by CRKT’s “blatantly false claims” and “dishonest tactics,” which will then be donated to Knife Rights. It also wants an injunction, treble damages, and attorneys’ fees.

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Badass Knife of the Week: Benchmade 710D2

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When you’re talking about most iconic knives from Benchmade, our latest Badass Knife of the Week will always be in the conservation. In fact, some people say this knife is as close to perfection as you can get.

Not only is the Benchmade 710 the first Benchmade to feature the highly regarded AXIS locking mechanism but it’s also one of the best all-around folders on the market.

It all starts with the 3.9-inch blade. The modified clip-point blade is extremely versatile, and the dual thumb studs make for quick and easy ambidextrous opening.

The 710D2 iteration of the folder, which was designed by Bill McHenry and Jason Williams, features high-quality D2 steel. Known for its outstanding wear resistance, D2 steel is touted for its ability to tackle the toughest tasks around.

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New 2015 Knives from CRKT

Update: We originally wrote this post way back in January, but CRKT recently unveiled a few more 2015 mid-year years at the BLADE Show in Atlanta. You can find the new ones at the bottom.

It’s January and you know what that means… it’s time to take a look at the new knives coming your way. The SHOT Show (where companies are showcasing new knives) is currently underway, but many companies have already released the new catalogs.

In the coming weeks, we’ll be taking a look at the new knives across various brands. We’re kicking things off with the 22 new knives from CRKT.

BT-70 (Designed by Bob Terzuola)

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If you’re not familiar with Bob Terzuola, the new BT-70 is the perfect way to get acquainted. Terzuola is one of the fathers of tactical knives and this collector’s piece showcases his feel for the tactical folder. It has a stonewash finish, G-10 handle scales with his dragon logo, and a blade length of 4.03 inches.

Argus Black

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The Argus is a spring-assisted knife with the Outburst assisted opening mechanism. Designed by Matthew Lerch, the Argus Black has an aluminum handle and a 3.55-inch blade with black corrosion resistant coating.

No Time Off

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Designed by Flavio Ikoma, the No Time Off is a burly folder that’s aimed at heavy-duty tasks. It has a waffle iron traction grip handle and a 2.99-inch blade that locks into place using the Ikoma Locking System.

Saker

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The Saker is an interesting bushcraft knife by Abe Elias, with its scandi grind and 1075 carbon steel blade that’s about 4.5 inches. The handle is made from Walnut.

G.S.D. (Get S**t Done)

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With a name like G.S.D. (which stands for Get S**t Done), you’d better expect a knife that’s tough, reliable, and functional. Check, check, and check. It has a classic industrial look and can handle heavy-duty tasks.

Hunt’N Fisch

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We’re starting to get to the puns. The Hunt’N Fisch plays off designer Larry Fischer’s name and is a fixed blade hunting knife with tons of jimping and some interesting grooves on the spine.

It’s designed to be an all-around hunting and fishing knife with a blade of 2.99 inches made of 8Cr13MoV steel. It has G-10 scales on the handle.
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Best Knives to Give to Your Dad on Father’s Day

When you think back to your first knife, it’s likely that your dad was the person who gave it to you. So, to honor your dad with the same special gift he bestowed upon you, consider getting him a brand new knife for Father’s Day this weekend.

This post originally appeared way back in 2012, but we’re updating it to add even more knives and replace some older models.

Victorinox One-Hand Trekker

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The Swiss Army knife is usually the first knife a father gives his son. Add a twist to the classic dynamic by giving your dad a brand new model with some advancements from the model he is probably used to. The One-Hand Trekker has many of the same features as the classic models, but it comes with an ergonomic handle, a more modern look, and a blade that locks open.

Buck 110 Hunting Pocket Knife

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Fewer brands exhibit class and quality like Buck Knives. Show your dad that you’re no slouch when it comes to picking character over value by giving him Buck’s signature knife the Folding Hunter. The knife features a woodgrain handle and a classic lockback system and is widely recognized as one of the most iconic knives of all time.

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