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How to choose the best knife

How to choose the best knife for emergency situations, hunting, skinning, general purpose, cooking, outdoor recreation.

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Before you buy any knife: Check out what kind of steel is in the blade

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Before you buy any knife, consider the steel in the blade. Here are some steels in knives I have used and trust.

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Jesse Hemphill custom Damascus, Damascus steel, best deer hunting knife

Can Damascus steel cut it in the deer hunting world?

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Damascus steel is REALLY pretty in a knife blade. But how does it work in the field? I took a Jesse Hemphill custom blade on a deer hunt, and used it hard. Check out the review.

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Bark River Snowy River, best hunting knife

Best hunting knife? Bark River Snowy River update shows knife can hack it

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The Bark River Snowy River has proven to be a stellar performer as a hunting knife.

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What survival knife do you carry every day?

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Question from Reader: “You’ve written abut the best survival knife, the best EDC knife, the best hunting knife, fillet, pocket knife, etc., etc. Skip the options, the analysis and potential survival scenarios and answer this: What is the knife you have on you right now?”

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Review: Check out the Zoe Crist Santa Fe – it may be the hunting knife you need

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I’m always looking for a good hunting knife. So when the Zoe Crist Santa Fe became available last year, I got one and tried it. by Leon Pantenburg Kniveshipfree is a sponsor of Survivalcommonsense.com, but I don’t get free knives from the company, nor do they have any input in any knife reviews. There are many things I liked about…

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The L.T. Wright Next Gen worked really well to process 80 pounds of chicken at a company picnic.

Check out these ten top everyday carry knives

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What are the best choices for that knife you’ll carry every day and use for everything?

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The Bravo/Gunny, bottom, takes some of its design from the Gunny

Check out my new ultimate EDC knife: Bark River Gunny/Bravo

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Sometimes, a couple small tweaks can change something from almost perfect to WOW!

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Cross Knives Lil Whitetail

Review: Cross Knives Lil Whitetail Hunter

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The Whitetail is worth looking at if you’re doing a lot of whitetail hunting, and it will do just fine on elk or bigger western deer.

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Stuff that works: My Buck 371 folder served me well for decades

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Equipment users find good gear and work it hard. That happened to the Buck folder I bought 40 years ago.

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The Mountain Man, bottom, bears a strong resemblance to the replica Russell.

Thick or thin? What’s the best blade design for you?

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One thing to consider before investing in a knife is how thick the blade is. Blade thickness directly affects how the knife can be used, and how effective it will be. Here is how to chose the best thickness for your needs.

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