If you don’t think a simple lockback folder that weighs less than an ounce and doesn’t have a clip or thumbstud can’t be badass, the Gerber Ultralight LST would like to have a word with you.
Our latest Badass Knife of the Week has years of history and craftsmanship by its side.
The original was brought to the market way back in 1980 by Mr. Pete Gerber himself. He elicited the help of the legendary Blackie Collins to design a simple but effective knife that was lightweight and rugged.
The result was one of the first knives to use all-synthetic materials in the handle, something countless knife companies do today.
With Father’s Day this weekend, we thought it’d be pertinent to choose a knife that was made through a collaboration between father and son. Since we already featured the Spyderco Paramilitary 2 (from Sal and Eric Glesser) as a badass knife, we thought the next logical knife would be the United Cutlery Hibben Legacy Combat Fighter.
Gil Hibben is as close as you can get to a living legend in the knife community. Since 1964, the president of the Knifemaker’s Guilde and Cutlery Hall of Fame inductee has made countless knives, revolutionized the limits of design, and made knives for tons of movies.
It’s only logical then that his son would learn a thing or two from such a renowned knifemaker. But Wesley Hibben has not relied on his dad’s name or reputation to come into his own right as a respected knifemaker.
Its 5.875-inch blade features a razor sharp edge and a spear point tip with flourishes that give the design personality and ferocity. A pronounced finger choil allows the user to choke up on the blade while a raised thumb rest at the start of the spine offers extra control for finer tasks. A fuller also helps reduce the overall weight of the 12-inch knife.
When there’s a quick and dirty job that needs to be done on the fly, sometimes you don’t want to reach for your midtech everyday carry. For those times, there’s the latest Badass Knife of the Week, which is the perfect beater knife for all your needs.
Coming in at 3.3 inches, the liner locking drop point blade is made from functional 7CR17 stainless steel. The version highlighted in the main image comes with serrations, but it’s also available with a plain edge. A thumb disk allows for quick and easy opening with either hand, even if you’re wearing gloves.
Today is the day we honor the countless men and women who have died while serving the country. So we thought it was only pertinent to look at a knife that was used by those in the military.
After the events of World War II, General Curtis LeMay, the head of the Strategic Air Command (SAC), sought the creation of a survival kit for crews of long-range bombers. Because of the nature of the missions and issues with space, the survival tool needed to be lightweight, versatile, and effective.
After the Randall Model 14 was found to be too heavy, Boker’s input was requested on the knife. The end result was the Boker Air Force Pilot Survival Knife, which quickly became the official survival knife of the U.S. Air Force.
It’s rare that a budget knife captures the hearts and minds of bushcrafters around the world, especially because bushcrafters often put their lives on the line. But that’s exactly what the latest Badass Knife of the Week accomplished when it was released a few years ago.
The Schrade SCHF42 is a rugged and functional fixed blade from the mind of Brian Griffin. The streamline design is nearly 10 inches of pure strength and dependability.
It starts with the 5.12-inch blade made from 1095 carbon steel. The blade features a full flat grind, which is versatile and preferred by many bushcrafters, and a rolling recurve that offers a deep cutting belly. The recurve gives you more options while out in the field. If you prefer a straight edge, the SCHF42D is a simpler version of the knife.
Grivory scales are fastened to the full tang. The material is not only virtually indestructible in all types of weather conditions but it’s comfortable in the hand.
The typical badass knife is adorned with sharp angles, black-coated blades, speed-assisted mechanisms, massive serrations, and more. But just because a knife eschews those design elements doesn’t mean it’s not one of the most badass knife you’ve ever held.
When you want to see the work ethics and craftsmanship humans are capable of achieving, look no further than the Fallkniven FH9 Black Hawk. Like the FH9, all Fallkniven models boast a smoothness and fit that blow all comparable models out of the water.
Here is a good video look at the knife from DevonReview:
The knife features a 2.63-inch drop point blade profile with a classic nail nick. The blade itself is anything but classic, however. Made from laminated Cobalt Special steel, the blade is 20% stronger than solid stainless steel and keeps an edge like few others.
There are countless ways to use a knife — from opening packages and cutting twine to sharpening pencils and saving lives. While knives are great for accomplishing an array of functional tasks, sometimes they’re good for a little entertainment, such as throwing knives.
Here’s a great video overview from shooter1721 on YouTube:
Like shimmering trout swimming through a river, these wavy throwers from Boker are engineered for speed and efficient movement. The throwers are designed by the great John Bailey, who has won first place in the World Quick Draw Knife Throwing Competition several years in a row.
Badass knives come in all shapes and sizes, but this tactical folder from Kershaw may have the quintessential look of the generally accepted image of a badass knife.
The Kershaw Lifter features a large 3.5-inch blade made of 4Cr14 stainless steel and a modified tanto profile and slight recurve that’ll leave you wondering why all knives don’t have the unique design. The profile offers a strong and piercing point with a curved belly to accomplish nearly any task with ease.
Modeled after the classic American Bowie, this knife boasts a jumbo-sized 9.75-inch blade made of 1095 carbon steel, which is insanely tough and easy to sharpen. Although it’s not corrosion resistant, the steel is coated with epoxy textured powder coating for extra protection from the elements and to minimize the steel’s reflective properties.