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See the new TOPS Knives Skullcrusher’s Xtreme Blade (SXB)


On Discovery Channel’s show “Naked and Afraid,” survivalist EJ “Skullcrusher” Snyder survived in the wilderness (without any clothes, of course) on nothing but his (and his partner’s) wit. He did this in two intense stints on the show: one on the plains of Tanzania’s Serengeti and another in the Amazonian rainforest.

Snyder is more than just a dude on a reality show; he trained in the Army Survival School and became obsessed with all aspects of survival. Now, the Gulf War veteran has teamed up with TOPS Knives to bring Skullcrusher’s X-Treme Blade (SXB).

Here’s a description of the SXB from TOPS:

“Skullcrusher’s Xtreme Blade” (SXB) was designed for the Warrior Survivalist to aid in their survival not only in the wild, but on the battlefield as well. Xtreme Situations require an Xtreme Blade, and the SXB meets that demand and then some! Why play in the wild when you can DOMINATE it!!!

Yeah, buddy! As you can tell from the description (and several exclamation points), TOPS is pretty enthusiastic about this knife. It’s not unwarranted, though. The knife looks thoroughly badass.

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Boker Plus Griploc – Badass Knife of the Week


For a tool that’s millions of years old, you’d think that all the innovations and idiosyncrasies have been explored by now. But our latest Badass Knife of the Week proves that the brightest minds are still coming up with new ideas and inventions that have never been done.

The Boker Plus Griploc is an elegant folder that offers a unique and creative way to engage and disengage the blade.

The 3.5-inch blade opens up quickly and smoothly with a flipper near the top of the handle like many other pocket knives. But when you hold the knife in your hand, its unique handle design uses the pressure to keep the blade securely open. When no pressure is applied to the handle, the AUS-8 blade closes easily.

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How to Keep a Knife Clip From Tearing Up Your Pocket


To many, it’s a badge of honor. To some, it’s a nuisance. To others, it’s not even a problem.

Pocket knives have been known to accentuate outfits, but they’ve also been known to destroy clothing.

Yes, I’m talking about that old problem in which a knife’s clip shreds the top of your pocket.

In case you haven’t seen this phenomenon, CRKT posted this image to their Instagram page a few weeks back:


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Sure, the picture is all in good fun, but anyone who carries a knife on a regular basis will know that over time, a clip may ruin a pants pocket.

If you’ve encountered this problem or want to avoid this problem, here are some things you can do.

Bend the clip

One reason a pocket may become destroyed is due to the fact that the clip is way too tight. Certain manufacturers make clips pretty tight to make it a little more difficult for others to slip it out of your pocket without you knowing.

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Spyderco Schempp Rock – Badass Knife of the Week


When you need a tool that’ll tear through anything you throw at it without even breaking a sweat, the latest Badass Knife of the Week is the only knife for the job.

The Spyderco Schempp Rock is a large fixed blade with enticing curves and a seductive design.

We usually start by highlighting the blade, but the shapely handle is something to behold.

Coming from the brilliant mind of one of Spyderco’s most successful collaborators, the one thing you can bet your money on is the fact that the handle will be as comfortable as an old shoe.

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CRKT Squid Review


I recently started to take notice of the simple fact that people age, that the older we get the more we begin to lose. For some, the body goes first—maybe we start packing on a few more pounds than what we had in high school. For others, the mind begins to fade—remembering faces and facts isn’t quite as easy as it was when we were kids. Our vitality, health, and creativity slowly start to drift away from our once youthful selves.

But with age also comes a whole new host of feelings that our younger and sometimes dumber selves can’t quite tap into yet. Feelings like tradition, nostalgia, and an understanding of just how important the little things in life can be. The CRKT Squid is a knife that single-handedly channeled those emotions in me and somehow played time machine like a small piece of childhood memorabilia.

Right off the bat the CRKT Squid has a great overall look to it. A look that is simple and understated yet still grabs your attention with both hands. This amazing design comes from the mind of Lucas Burnley, a very popular up-and-coming knife maker with an almost cult-like following for what he has done in the knife community. The Squid has been one of his custom designs for a long time, but with his work in such high demand, getting your hands on one was almost impossible… until now.

The great thing about Burnley partnering up with a production knife company is that we the consumers get to experience knives that we otherwise never would due to budget, materials, or availability. With this partnership, we now get a glimpse into what owning a custom design feels like. Besides the Squid, CRKT and Lucas are making other knives, which can be a win-win situation for both parties if done right.

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Victorinox Cadet – Badass Knife of the Week


Is there any symbol that represents quality, longevity, and ingenuity more than the red and white emblem of Victorinox? We think not.

And that’s why the Victorinox Cadet is the Badass Knife of the Week.

The Cadet is a quintessential Swiss Army knife that’s found its way into the pockets of knife enthusiasts and amateurs alike.

Considered one of the best everyday carry knives for someone on a budget, the 84mm (that’s 3.3 inches to you) Cadet has all the essential tools you need in an everyday multi-tool.

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Knives Save Lives: The Unrelenting Escalator


There’s a danger lurking behind one of the most mundane things known to man. It’s in malls and airports around the country. Yes, it’s the escalator.

You might not think twice about stepping onto those convenient steel steps as they guide you from one floor to the next, but the escalator has been in the news quite a bit lately.

In July, a mother was killed after falling inside an escalator when the panel at the top gave way. A few days later, a stroller was  trapped between a step and the platform. Fortunately, no one was injured. But that’s not the only danger escalators pose.

On Monday, Sept. 7, a woman took an escalator in the Forest Hills Station of the MBTA. She seemed a little drunk, a little tired, and was carrying too much. Unexpectedly her skirt became caught by the escalator.

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OKC Bushcraft Field Knife – Badass Knife of the Week


When it comes to surviving in the wilderness, sometimes less is more. This is no more evident than in our latest Badass Knife of the Week: the Bushcraft Field Knife from Ontario Knife Company.

This knife doesn’t have all the bells and whistles found on many of the current survival knives, but the Bushcraft Field Knife has two traits you need the most: dependability and durability.

Winner of the 2014 Best of the Best award from Field & Stream Magazine, the knife shows OKC at its best.

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10 Everyday Objects You Can Use To Sharpen a Knife

Whether you’re out in the wilderness with only a few pieces of gear or can’t find a sharp knife to save your life, a sharpener isn’t always there when you need it the most. Fortunately, with a little quick thinking and ingenuity, you can use a variety of household tools to sharpen you knives.

Before we delve into things, we must make it clear what we’re talking about when we say sharpening. The general term for “sharpen” is to give something a keen edge. The knife term for “sharpen” is a bit more specific. It means making a knife sharp by actually removing metal from the blade to form an edge.

Not all of these objects will sharpen a knife in the truest sense of the word. Some of them will merely hone or strop the edge. While honing and stropping will indeed sharpen a knife by realigning an edge, it’s not what knife experts typically deem as sharpen.

With all that being said, here are 10 everyday items you can use to sharpen your knife.

Coffee Mug

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We’ll start off with something that actually sharpens a knife by removing material from the blade. Ceramic coffee cups are readily available in most houses. Simply turn the mug upside down, search for the raw part of the cup (which is the rougher part of the bottom that prevents the cup from sliding around), and run the knife across the mug until you get your desired edge.

If it’s working well, you’ll see some discoloration on the mug, which indicates the ceramic is removing steel and sharpening the blade.

Leather Belt


Although stropping does not technically sharpen a blade, it does make a blade keener by realigning the edge. A leather belt, which is something you might be wearing right now, is a quick and easy item for stropping a blade. In fact, many professionals use leather straps for stropping.

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Gerber Hinderer CLS – Badass Knife of the Week


Knives are constantly demonized as dangerous weapons and nothing more. Our latest Badass Knife of the Week offers definitive proof that knives are useful tools that can save lives.

The Gerber Hinderer CLS, which stands for Combat Life Saver, is a feature-rich folding knife that’s optimized for rescue operations and everyday use.

Its 3.5-inch partially serrated blade is made from 440A stainless steel and has oversized thumb studs to allow for quick deployment, even if you’re wearing thick gloves.

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