It’s hard to get a visually appealing knife that’s both functional and ripe for everyday carry.
But somehow our Badass Knife of the Week walks that fine line.
The SOG Fielder had the potential to be a faceless 7.8-inch slab of stainless steel, but a vertical grain wood handle inlay breaks up the monotony to give the knife some personality and life.
The wood handle is sandwiched between two high luster stainless steel bolsters. The contrast is as good-looking as it is functional. The wood grain inlay feels good in the hand while the steel bolsters add some heft and durability to the handle.
If the wood grain handle just doesn’t do it for you, there’s also the SOG Fielder in G10, which transforms the whole personality of the knife.
A drifter is someone who travels around from place to place without a home, looking for work to get by. CRKT applies the ethos of a hard-working traveler always looking for his next job to the latest Badass Knife of the Week.
The CRKT Drifter is a no-nonsense knife that will get the job done with no questions asked. The knife has been called the best pocket knife for the everyday man because it is inexpensive, functional, and the perfect size for EDC.
The 2.875-inch blade has a versatile drop point design that works well in all types of situations. The blade engages quickly and smoothly with dual thumb studs for ambidextrous opening. Budget 8Cr14Mov stainless steel is easy to maintain and resists corrosion like it’s no one’s business.
Ethan Becker is a savant whose knowledge and eye for design knows no bounds.
Becker, who underwent an extensive cooking apprenticeship early in life and later became the author of Joy of Cooking, founded Becker Knife & Tool in the early 1980s to create some of the best outdoor knives around. To say he succeeded undersells Becker’s achievement.
When he teamed up with KA-BAR to bring his knives to a wider public, people everywhere were able to experience the joy of Becker knives firsthand.
A brawl is defined by chaos and conflict. With the Kershaw Brawler, you get something that’s strong and reliable even when things get rough and unpredictable.
The heart of the Brawler is its blade. At 3 inches, the black-coated blade is a perfect size for everyday carry and doesn’t take up much space in the pocket. Although the 8Cr13MoV stainless steel is a budget steel, it performs well while boasting excellent rust resistance.
The Brawler’s modified tanto point is exceptionally versatile. Unlike the standard American tanto which features an abrupt angle toward the point, the Brawler’s profile has a more subtle curve. This gives the user more edge to cut in one long pull.
Boker has released hundreds if not thousands of models over the past hundred years, but few have seen the success or critical acclaim as the Boker Plus Exskelibur line.
The Boker Plus Exskelibur I is a gentleman’s folder that pulls out all the stops. Along with using the best materials on the market, the knife features a simple design you wouldn’t be afraid to take to an office party or use out at the construction site.
The knife — designed by South African knifemaker Mike Skellern — boasts a long 3.5-inch blade made from high-quality CPM-S35VN stainless steel, an alloy known for its wear resistance, toughness, and increased ease of sharpening. The blade profile is a straightforward drop point design that performs well in nearly every way.
Adding to the intrigue of the folder is the unobtrusive front flipper. It takes a second to get used to it, but you’ll be wishing the flipper was so placed on every knife. A framelock mechanism keeps the blade securely engaged.
Take a poll of outdoorsmen on what their favorite lightweight fixed blade for general outdoor use and most will put the understated Buck 102 Woodsman on the list. The kicker is that the Woodsman would be on that list any time in the past 40 years.
So, how could such an old knife remain in the hearts and minds of knife fans everywhere for so long? The answer is in the tried-and-true design perfected by Buck.
The design stems from the hugely popular and successful Buck 119 Special, complete with its clip point blade, black handles, and polished hand guard.
The Woodsman is a smaller version of the knife with a 4-inch clip point blade made from 420HC stainless steel. In less capable hands, the steel would only be adequate but excels under the tutelage of Paul Bos, an industry leader in heat treating.
There are hundreds of models of Swiss Army Knives, each with its own set of tools and appearance. It’s hard to pick just one above all the others, but if you only have one choice for EDC, consider the Victorinox Pioneer.
With the Pioneer being the civilian version of the Soldier — “the true Swiss Army Knife” — it has everything you need to get by, nothing more and nothing less.
Horace Kephart was an American legend. Born in 1862, Kephart would go on to be one of the fathers of American woodcraft and a pioneer of bushcrafting. As an outdoorsman through and through, Kephart carried a range of gear, including knives.
And like any outdoorsman with a sense of craft, he designed his own style of knives now known as Kephart knives.
Condor Tool & Knife took the design of the classic Kephart knife and made it into a beautiful and elegant knife that excels in the outdoors.
Designer Joe Flowers adapted the Kephart into something just as simple and effective. There’s a 4.5-inch blade made from 1075 high carbon steel — a tough alloy that’s easy to sharpen in a pinch. Its spear point provides a nice cutting belly along with a piercing point.