We’re in the age of mods (or modifications for you older folk). Whether we’re talking about modding video games to defy gravity or modding cars with chrome, people want to put a stamp on what they own.
This sentiment also extends to knives.
If you’re interested in adding a personal touch to your knife via some easy modification, we’re here to help.
These five knife modifications are projects most people can do. Just be aware that things can go wrong and these mods may void your warranties. But in the end, you’ll have a knife that’s not only unique but reflects you in a personal way.
Zip Tie “Emerson Wave” Knife Mod
Ernest Emerson is one of the most influential knife makers ever. Known for helping popularize tactical folders, Emerson has made some darn good knives. One of his many innovations is known as the Emerson Wave Feature. This is a little protrusion at the base of the spine that facilitates a fast and seamless opening of the blade when it’s pulled from the pocket. Check it out on the Kershaw Emerson CQC-6K or the Endura 4 with Emerson Wave.
Over the years, Gerber has taken a hit from the most diehard knife fans for what some claim are mediocre knives, especially those produced in China. Slowly but steadily, Gerber has made a conscious effort to win back those fans by producing quality knives made in the United States.
Our latest Badass Knife of the Week proves Gerber can still make a darn good knife.
The Gerber StrongArm carries on the legacy of Gerber’s tough-as-nails fixed blade knives they’ve been making for the United States military since 1968.
The design of this relatively new survival knife is familiar to long-time Gerber fans but honed to perfection.
Starting at the top, the full tang blade is 4.8 inches and made from 420HC stainless steel. This blade material is easy to sharpen in the field and holds up well against tough outdoor use. To cut down on the steel’s reflective properties and increase corrosion resistance, the blade features a black ceramic coating.
Morakniv, formerly known as Mora of Sweden, is a name that’s well-respected among bushcrafters. Mora knives consistently make the list of best outdoor knives. That’s surprising considering the prices for these fixed blades are shockingly low.
The last few months, Morakniv has been teasing a new generation of models named after locations in and around Mora, Sweden. These have been circulating for some time now, but since they’ll be showcased at the upcoming Summer Outdoor Retailer in Salt Lake City, we thought we’d take a more in-depth look.
The Mora Garberg is the oldest of the bunch, having been announced at the SHOT Show in January, but it’s one of the most anticipated. The Garberg is a full tang version of Morakniv’s popular bushcrafting knives. That’s right… full tang! This is pretty exciting considering all the other Moras have rat-tail tangs.
Here is a note from the press release back in January.
“After much research and development, Morakniv has released the knife that Mora fans have been begging for,” said Graeme Esarey, President of Industrial Revolution. “The full-tang Garberg is packed with useful details, even more rugged construction, and yet maintains the essence of a true Mora. It’s an amazing knife.”
This knife will have a 4.25-inch blade made from 14C28N Sandvik stainless steel—different than the classic’s carbon steel. It will also have an exposed pommel to get some additional use out of that full tang.
Taylor Brands has been one of the best knife companies of the last few years. Not only did the Taylor family save established brands like Schrade, Old Timer, Uncle Henry, and Imperial knives from oblivion but they made a constant effort to improve their knives through public feedback. (See the SCHF51 and SCHF52, for example.)
Now, Smith & Wesson is purchasing Taylor Brands, which also licenses the Smith & Wesson name, for $85 million in cash.
What does this mean for the knives currently under Taylor Brands? We’re not quite sure yet.
Here’s what we do know. Since Taylor Brands licensed the Smith & Wesson name for knives, it’s likely S&W wanted to keep everything under one roof while also expanding its name and portfolio.
A wise person once said, “Minimalism is not subtraction for the sake of subtraction. Minimalism is subtraction for the sake of focus.” No sentiment better describes the idea and execution of our latest Badass Knife of the Week.
The CRKT Minimalist is a small and lightweight fixed blade that offers surprising control and versatility.
However, don’t mistake the knife’s simplicity for a lack of sophistication.
These two knifemakers were huge figures in the knife community and played roles in helping CRKT become what it is today.
So to honor these legends, CRKT is releasing two commemorative knives that perfectly sum up the ingenuity and workmanship of each knifemaker. Both of these knives have production numbers topped at just 200. Let’s take a closer look.
CRKT K.I.S.S. Ed Halligan Commemorative
Ed Halligan was the second noted knifemaker to work with CRKT, and his biggest imprint on the knife world was his K.I.S.S. design. Standing for “Keep It Super Simple,” this series of knife designs became a staple of CRKT.
As the story goes, Ed first etched this design on an airplane napkin while flying home from a knife show. Today, there are many copycats, but Ed’s re-mains the only true original.
As its name suggests, the knife is simple but highly effective. This knife is a reconstructed version of his original design with a blade that rests against a frame. The handle of this frame lock knife is titanium. But the real special trait of this knife is the Damasteel Damascus DS93X blade with an acid etched Hugin pattern.
Self-defense is usually at the lower end of why people carry knives. That’s because most knives aren’t designed for protection like our latest Badass Knife of the Week.
The Spyderco Matriarch 2 is a ferocious knife with an aggressive Reverse-S blade design and lightweight handle scales that’ll leave you ready for anything.
The Matriarch 2 traces its roots back to the Spyderco Civilian. Back in the 1990s, a specialized branch of U.S. law enforcement approached Spyderco to make a knife for their undercover agents. The result was the longer more intimidating Civilian.
When a South African distributor requested a more economical version of the largely self-defense folder, Spyderco created the Matriarch.
It’s been a long day. You finally made it down to the lake to have a few beers with your buddies. You’re ready to throw back a cold one when you realize no one has a bottle opener.
Sure, there are ways to open bottles without a dedicated opener, but using a bottle opener is quick, easy, and so satisfying.
To ensure you’re always ready for a good time, many knives feature a bottle opener. We’ve assembled a collection of some of the best.
1. Kershaw Shuffle
First up is the Kershaw Shuffle. This inexpensive folder has a dedicated opener built into the back of the knife. Its blade is 2.38 inches and made from 8Cr13MoV stainless steel. The Shuffle comes in a variety of colors to match up with your personality. This little knife is beloved by knife lovers of all types and acts as a great EDC.
2. DPx Gear HEST
The DPx Gear HEST is another great option. This fixed blade has a 3.13-inch blade and green canvas Micarta handle scales. The blade is 1095 high carbon steel, and a notch on the spine of the blade acts as a bottle opener.
As a matter of fact, a number of DPx Gear knives feature bottle openers. Unlike the HEST, the HEFT 4 Assault has a bottle opener built into the butt of the knife. It’s a fixed blade with an extended tang and G10 handle scales.
3. Gerber Epic
The Epic from Gerber is another fixed blade knife, only this one has a bottle opener integrated right into the handle. The blade is 3.45 inches long, and the knife itself is 7.3 inches long. The bottle opener actually gives the knife a little more length and a place for the back of your palm. It fits into a nylon sheath.
4. Buck Metro
More similar to a keychain tool than a fixed blade, the Buck Metro is a compact tool with a small blade and bottle opener.
Here’s a shocking fact for you youngins: The pocket clip is a relatively new invention in the history of knives.
Depending on how you define it, the pocket knife was invented more than 2,000 years ago. By comparison, the pocket clip on knives was introduced in the early 1980s. Sal Glesser of Spyderco created the “Clip-it” Worker, which was essentially the first tactical folder ever and the first to use a pocket clip. That knife went into production in 1981.
Although pocket clips are on pretty much every single folding knife these days, people went without clips for thousands of years. Here are five reasons you may want to ditch your pocket clip.
1. Some clips create hot spots
One of the most common complaints people levy against pocket clips is the fact that they create “hot spots.” No, that doesn’t mean you’ll get better WiFi. A hot spot on a pocket clip is when there’s unwanted tension or discomfort in a specific area of the grip.
For example, a pocket clip may put some pressure right in your palm, causing pain during regular use. Some complain about the clip on the Chris Reeve Sebenza 25 because the tip bends up right where the middle finger grips the choil. Take a look at this complaint thread over at bladeforums with an image.
Today is the Fourth of July, which just happens to coincide with our weekly Badass Knife of the Week selection, so it’s only pertinent to choose a knife made in the USA.
Hogue Inc is a company with a family tradition of American quality and innovation dating back to 1968. The company may be best known for its guns and gun accessories, but the Hogue EX-04 is a knife to be reckoned with.
The Hogue EX-04 is the next generation in the Extreme Series. These uniquely designed knives are aesthetically appealing and reliably functional.
Designed by Allen Elishewitz with cues from his Jekyll and Hyde custom knives, the EX-04 comes in two different blade styles. The one we’re highlighting here is the 3.5-inch modified Wharncliffe version. The blade profile is simultaneously angular and curvaceous, giving the user a deep belly for slicing and a hook-like point.