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Condor TK Bushlore – Badass Knife of the Week

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.

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Kershaw Chill – Badass Knife of the Week

For those days when you just want to chill, our latest Badass Knife of the Week has you covered.

The Kershaw Chill is a slim, affordable folder that’s happy to be your EDC when you feel like lounging around or taking it easy.

Measuring 3.1 inches, the blade features a narrow, drop point design that excels at both slicing and piercing. The bead-blasted 8Cr13MoV stainless steel is functional, resistant to corrosion, and resharpens without much effort.

The knife comes to life quickly and efficiently thanks to its silky smooth flipper manual opening action. Without thumb studs adorning the blade, the profile of the knife remains thin and inconspicuous.

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CRKT RSK Mk 5 – Badass Knife of the Week

These days, Doug Ritter is best known for founding Knife Rights and fighting for the rights of knife enthusiasts around the country. But, as our latest Badass Knife of the Week reminds us, Ritter isn’t just some guy in a suit; he’s a survival expert that knows a thing or two about what to look for in a good knife.

When you think of the typical survival knife, you probably envision a massive fixed blade with sawback serrations and a hollow handle to conceal a few basic things. The CRKT RSK Mk 5 skips all the fads of modern survival knives and fits everything you need in a compact design that weighs less than an ounce.

Standing for the Ritter Survival Knife, the RSK Mk 5 has an overall length of 3.81 inches with a 1.75-inch blade and skeletonized handle made from stonewashed 2Cr13 steel.

If you think a knife this small can’t help in a survival situation, think again.

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Spyderco Dragonfly 2 – Badass Knife of the Week

Dragonflies are among the most elegant creatures in existence. They hover and glide with grace, making every move with precision and purpose. The dragonfly is lightweight and quick while fading into the background until it needs to come into focus.

That’s why it’s no surprise the latest Badass Knife of the Week takes its name after the winged insect.

The Spyderco Dragonfly 2 is an efficient and lightweight knife that flies from task to task with aptitude and finesse.

Here is a glowing review from Everyday Commentary (who reviewed the ZDP-189 version):

With a blade length of a mere 2.25 inches, the Dragonfly 2 may look like a small knife but it feels large in the hand, thanks to a forefinger choil and thumb rest that allows you to fill out your palm with the knife.

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Benchmade North Fork – Badass Knife of the Week

If you’re looking for a handsome folder that’s built for more than just everyday carry, look no further than the latest Badass Knife of the Week.

The Benchmade North Fork is a knife that will make people look once at its beauty and then look twice at what it’s able to accomplish.

The handsome knife boasts a 2.87-inch blade made from S30V premium stainless steel. Featuring a modified drop point design and a slight recurve, the blade is made to handle all types of processing duties in the field. The design also lends itself to everyday tasks.

Here is an excellent visual overview from Moose’s Gear Goo Review:

As part of the Hunt series from Benchmade, the North Fork joins the ranks as one of the most advanced hunting knives ever, thanks to its use of premium materials and the renowned AXIS locking mechanism.

The line is built upon a foundation of rigorous testing and research and development for use by real hunters.

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KA-BAR Folding Dozier – Badass Knife of the Week

Most people think you can’t get a reliable and high performing EDC without selling a kidney on the black market. The Badass Knife of the Week proves otherwise.

The KA-BAR Folding Dozier is a hard-working budget folder from one of the great knifemaking minds of the last few decades.

Bob Dozier has made thousands of knives over his career and nearly left knifemaking after feeling burned out. But he eventually returned to the craft with a new philosophy: making basic hunting knives using high-quality materials at reasonable prices for those who will actually use them.

That philosphy manifests itself in the Folding Dozier from KA-BAR. This folding hunter features a 3-inch blade made from AUS 8 stainless steel and utilizes Dozier’s award-winning lockback design.

Here’s a good video overview from SpartanJohns:

The knife in the main image features an oval notch for easy one-handed opening and a clip point blade. But it also comes in a drop point blade design with thumb studs.

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Buck 113 Ranger Skinner – Badass Knife of the Week

This is the week when we celebrate the independence of our great nation after the Continental Congress decided that the 13 colonies should be its own country known as the United States of America.

With that history in mind, it was only right to choose an American-made knife that represents the ethics and spirit of the country: the Buck 113 Ranger Skinner.

Here is a quick video breakdown for you visual people:

At one point, the Buck 113 Ranger Skinner was a limited edition model, but the demand was so high Buck decided to make this into a full production knife. Now, you have the opportunity to own the excellent Ranger Skinner.

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Cold Steel Black Talon II – Badass Knife of the Week

If you can find a knife that’s as fearsome and savage as our latest Badass Knife of the Week, we don’t want to know.

The Black Talon II, a collaboration between Cold Steel President Lynn C. Thompson and custom knifemaker Andrew Demko, projects an image so intimidating that even the most fearless attacker would run away at first sight.

Described as a modern masterpiece by Cold Steel, the Black Talon II features a curvaceous blade with a swept-down point and pronounced belly for maximum damage. When Cold Steel updated the original, the team used American XHP super steel and reinforced the tip to prevent breakage.

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Gerber Ultralight LST – Badass Knife of the Week

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.

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Hibben Legacy Combat Fighter – Badass Knife of the Week

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.

The Hibben Legacy Combat Fighter is the first ever collaboration between Gil and Wes and the results are spectacular.

Here’s a quick visual overview:

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.

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