Designer Shane Sibert has earned a reputation over the past 20+ years for making hard-use knives that are functional and durable like the Benchmade Adamas family. The Bushcrafter is made in the same vein.
It starts with the 4.4-inch satin blade made from CPM-S30V steel, which keeps its edge like few others. The blade features the classic and versatile drop point profile, making it ideal for all the tasks you’d encounter in nature.
This workhorse folder is a collaboration between Ontario Knife Company and knife designer Robert Carter. If you aren’t familiar with Carter, the man has tiny knives embedded in his DNA.
Carter is the grandson of Mel Pardue, best known for Benchmade designs like the Griptilian, and the son of Joe Pardue, of OKC Utilitac fame. But instead of just relying on the reputation of his ancestors, Carter has forged his own path using the knowledge he’s soaked up over the years.
Based on his Generalist custom design, the Carter Prime is an overbuilt flipper with a thick cut 3.37-inch blade made from D2 tool steel. D2 is a semi-stainless steel that’s often underrated because it’s not new or expensive, but it’s a tough steel that will get the job done.
Sometimes it’s a crapshoot trying to figure out which knife models will become hits and which will become duds that fade away after a few years. Our latest Badass Knife of the Week shows the winning formula a long-lasting knife must have.
The Gerber E-Z Out is a simple folder with a reliable design made right here in the United States. When you put all those elements together, you undoubtedly get a winner.
The knife gained a cult following when it was first introduced decades ago. The knife is so old, you can find threads on BladeForums spotting the knife in the hands of Fox Mulder during the original run of the X-Files.
But just because the knife is old doesn’t mean it hasn’t been updated.
If you think knife throwing is just for odd-looking folks who perform stunts at the freak show, where have you been the last few decades? Just last week, even The New York Times wrote a fascinating story about the sport of knife throwing.
In honor of the growing sport, our latest Badass Knife of the Week is a set of throwers for beginners and experts alike.
The United Cutlery Lightning Bolt Triple Throwing Set is billed as the first-ever self-defense throwing knife set that you can carry discreetly. While self-defense isn’t the most practical purpose for this set, the knives make a darn good set of throwers for those looking to break into the hobby.
Here’s a look at the silver versions:
Each of the three 5.5-inch throwers is made from a single piece of AUS-6 stainless steel with black coating, which bolsters the durability of the knife and dampens the reflective property of the steel.
When someone sees the iconic red scales and that familiar emblem with a cross coming out of your pocket, they know exactly the type of person you are: a go-getter who’s self-sufficient and resourceful.
The Swiss Army Knife is one of the most iconic tools of all time, but those of us who already carry far too many things in the pocket may be opposed to stuffing a multitool in there as well.
When you need a lightweight but powerful fixed blade that’ll fade into the background until you need it most, reach for the Cold Steel Kobun.
“Kobun” is Japanese for “soldier,” and that’s no coincidence. This knife performs dutifully and fearlessly in all types of situations — whether you’re carrying it as a backup self-defense boot knife or using it as an EDC fixed blade.
This easily concealable Tanto style knife boasts a 5.5-inch blade made from AUS8A stainless steel, which is tough and corrosion resistant. The blade profile features a reinforced point that can pierce some of the most fibrous materials. A slight recurve along the cutting edge provides a deeper belly.
Budget knives often get a bad rap because they may not have premium materials or be made in the right place, but as our latest Badass Knife of the Week proves, you can still get a darn good knife that stands up to the best of them.
The Byrd Meadowlark 2 takes an already popular knife whose value is nearly unparalleled and makes it even better.
As a subdivision of Spyderco, Byrd Knives is able to retain the same manufacturing quality and design elements of the iconic brand while keeping prices low. Just take a look at the Meadowlark.
Fixed blade knives don’t always make the best EDC knives, but the Trigonaut is different. The 3.25-inch blade boasts a modified Wharncliffe style blade, which is one of the most useful profiles for utility jobs you’ll encounter in day-to-day life. The edge subtly curves upward toward the point where the edge and the swedge meet.
Made from 440C stainless steel, the blade features excellent corrosion resistance and can take an edge without much trouble.
Leaning on decades of quality and unique designs, Al Mar Knives continues to be a gold standard for production knives that rival custom knives. Our latest Badass Knife of the Week is the perfect example.
The Al Mar Eagle Ultralight slims down the largest model in the company’s classic line to an EDC that is light in weight and heavy in function.
Featuring a narrow full-faced flat ground blade that’s 4 inches long, the Eagle Ultralight features ambidextrous thumb studs and a spear point design. The blade is made from Japanese AUS-8 steel, which is a functional alloy with an excellent balance of toughness and edge retention.
Bushcrafting doesn’t just involve surviving out in the elements but thriving by using nature’s resources to prosper. Some knives will just get you through an ordeal but other knives like our latest Badass Knife of the Week will allow you to flourish in even the most dismal circumstances.
The Condor Tool & Knife Bushlore is a sturdy fixed blade with a classic look that’s designed to tackle all your bushcrafting needs, whether it’s setting up a shelter, hunting for your dinner, or making necessary crafts from wood.
Boasting a 4.31-inch blade with a full tang, the knife excels at all toughest tasks without breaking under pressure. The 1075 high carbon steel takes an edge without much effort and holds it well, a virtue in any bushcrafting knife steel.
What gives the Condor Bushlore its handsome look is the walnut handle scales that enframe the full tang. Brass pins hold the handles together as a lanyard hole near the butt offers another method for carrying.