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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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Top 7 Best-Selling Fallkniven Knives at Knife Depot

Anyone who has read this blog knows just how big a fan I am of Fallkniven.

There’s so much to love about the company. The craftsmanship is nearly unparalleled, the designs eschew all the unnecessary bells and whistles of modern knives, and the company is still a family-owned business.

One of the major downsides of Fallkniven products is the price, but that hasn’t stopped countless people from taking the plunge. However, the company says the longevity of their knives are more cost effective and better for the environment than cheap knives you may have to buy a dozen times over a lifetime.

If you’ve never owned a Fallkniven, here’s a look at some of the top-selling models at Knife Depot over the past few years. As always, these can change over time.

7. Fallkniven F1

Number 7 on the list is the first and one of the most iconic knives from Fallkniven: the F1. I can’t describe it more succinctly than Fallkniven itself:

A new world standard was set with the F1 through attention to important details including technical design, ergonomics and economy. The Fallkniven F1 surpasses international standards for strength, personal security capabilities, and value for money.

Development started in 1987 when founder Peter Hjortberger received a request from the Swedish defense department to make a survival knife for the Swedish Air force. Since 1995, the Fallkniven F1 has been the official survival knife of Swedish Air Force pilots.

The knife wasn’t specifically designed for combat but more for survival or use in the wet climates of Scandinavia. It has a reasonable blade length of 3.81 inches made from laminated VG-10 steel, which has some of the edge qualities of carbon steel with excellent corrosion resistance. A reader over at The Truth About Knives gushed over the steel, if you’re interested.

The Thermorun handle is exceptionally durable and grippy in all types of weather conditions.

You can even pick this up in different coatings and blade materials if you choose. You can also get it with a leather or Zytel sheath.

6. Fallkniven A1

Thanks to the success of the Fallkniven F1, the company decided to make a line of the knives in different sizes. The A1 is on the larger end of a survival knife with a 6.3-inch blade and 11-inch overall design. The blade is made from VG-10 without the option for other steels.

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Victorinox Swiss Army Knife Now Available to U.S. Armed Forces

In a move that represents a rare exception for the U.S. Defense Logistics Agency (DLA), a Victorinox Swiss Army Knife was added to the official order list for the U.S. Armed Forces.

The DLA is the Department of Defense’s combat support agency that supplies the military with weapons, parts and materials.

What makes this such a rare accomplishment for Victorinox is that the DLA typically only contracts with American manufacturers. According to a Swiss media outlet, the famous Swiss company is now an official supplier of military and one of its knives will be available to members of the U.S. military. Although military personnel could already buy Victorinox knives on their own, this allows them to buy through official channels.

The U.S. knife is called the Combat Utility Knife, which is just a take on the recently redesigned Victorinox Soldier that is used in some iteration by Germany (the official German Army Knife is available for sale), Singapore, Norway and the Netherlands. The knife features a one-handed opening locking blade along with screwdrivers, a wood saw, reamer and more.

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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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Repeal of Michigan Switchblade Ban Signed into Law

The slow march toward repealing the switchblade ban in every state continues with Michigan being the latest state to make automatic knives legal to carry.

Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder signed a bill (SB 245) on Thursday that contains a complete repeal of Section 226a of the Michigan penal code. That section was added in 1952 and made it illegal to sell or possess a knife with a blade “which can be opened by the flick of a button, pressure on a handle or other mechanical contrivance.” The new law becomes effective on October 10, which is 90 days after it was signed.

The language of the switchblade ban was so vague that sometimes people who owned spring-assisted knives were prosecuted under the law. In many places in Michigan, police didn’t enforce the law at all, creating confusion among residents of the state.

“Spring-assisted knives are not defined in the law,” state Sen. Rick Jones, who introduced the bill, said Friday in a statement. “The section refers to a pocket knife opened by the flick of a button, but there are now many different knives that may or may not fall into this category. Knives of this type are sold at major retailers throughout the state and are carried by many citizens.”

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Watch Ingenious Knifemaker Forge a Knife with Drill Shavings

I’ve said it countless times before but if you’re not following Steve Calvert’s Green Beetle YouTube channel, you’re doing something wrong with your life.

Steve is a national treasure (if you narrow the scope of “national” to knife community and “treasure” to nominally entertaining). I kid, of course, because Calvert makes some of the best knifemaking videos out there.

He usually conducts entertaining experiments and tries new things when making knives in his videos (like his ‘Murica Knife, which uses bacon, fries, beer, and Tums, and his most-viewed video on making a knife from a cable).

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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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Knives Save Lives: Bird Edition

It’s been a while since my last installment of Knives Save Lives, a series exploring the many ways knives have been used to save people’s lives over the years.

While nearly all of those stories involved human lives, sometimes knives can be used to save animal lives (such as the Spyderco Whale Knife).

In a recent video posted on Facebook, a man shows how a Kershaw Blur can be used to rescue a hawk. Take a look:

This hawk was noticed being covered in chollas and was not flying very well. Thanks to a kind man, it was saved and freed… 😊 Credit: ViralHog

Posted by NTD Life on jueves, 22 de junio de 2017

The raptor apparently flew a little too close to a cholla, one of those fierce cactus plants found in places like Joshua Tree (if you’ve never been to the Cholla Tree Garden at the park, I highly recommend it). Not only is the cactus extremely painful but it can be difficult to get out. They have barbed spines that will attach themselves to almost anything that even lightly touches them.

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Keep Your Body Sharp with the Ancient Art of Knife Massage

How much do you love knives?

I know most of you collect dozens (if not hundreds) of models and just the mere fact that you’re reading this means you follow a knife blog or click on knife-related things from Facebook or Twitter.

But how many of you would let someone massage you with butcher knives?

According to recent news articles, the knife massage is a new craze around Taiwan that involves cleavers being chopped in rhythmic motions around your face and body.

The reality is that the practice actually dates back to China more than 2,500 years ago. Although it fell out of favor, it slowly came back to life in Taipei with more than 150 of these knife massage centers currently across the city. A slew of recent articles based on the video below have resulted in a bunch of poorly sourced write-ups.

Knife massage is called daoliao and the LA Times did a great write-up back in 2015. Here’s an excerpt from the article:

Turns out daoliao is not some New Age wellness fad. People in China have been undertaking knife massages since the Spring and Autumn Period (770 BC to 476 BC) in Chinese history, said Wu Wei-chuan, chairwoman of the World Daoliao Assn. in Taipei. Back then, those suffering from mysterious illnesses not easily treated by traditional medicine would ask Buddhist monks to ease their afflictions with knife therapy.

The masseur uses heavy cleavers with blunt edges (despite what all the latest articles have been saying). People believe that the heavy blade can reach places that fingers cannot and that the steel helps remove bad energy from the body.

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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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