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Which survival knives work best for different emergency situations, or hunting, fishing, skinning, rope cutting, general purpose? Leon Pantenburg reviews many top shelf survival knives and puts them through extensive field testing.

dry creek scout II, best wilderness knife

Review: Fire Creek Forge Wilderness Scout II may be your best all-purpose knife

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If you’re looking for a knife that can cover a wide range of  wilderness blade tasks, this Wilderness Scout is worth considering.

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Benchmade Puukko knife, scandi knives

Review: Traditional design Benchmade 200 Puukko is super scandi-style belt knife

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Check out this utility knife with a design that goes back about 1,000 years. The Benchmade Puukko may be that user you have been looking for.

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Great Eastern Cutlery, stockman pattern

Dixie Stockman may be the best pocket knife for you

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A classic knife design got that way because it has been proven to work. This classic Great Eastern Cutlery stockman may be the everyday carry knife you’ve been looking for.

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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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north country edc, best hunting knife

Best every day carry knife? We field test the Bark River North Country EDC

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Size matters, particularly when it comes to user knives. This North Country EDC is a compact, hardworking knife that might easily find a place in your every day carry tools.

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Best machete on the market | Another look at Bark River’s big knife

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The only valid cutlery review is one that uses the blade for the purpose it was designed. That’s how the Bark River Machete was tested. It was wrung out on one of the most abrasive and challenging mediums imaginable – bamboo. Here’s a second look at how it worked out.

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Five things to make your Mora Companion a better knife

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The Mora Companion is the best beginner knife on the market, and it is also the choice of experts. Here is how to make the sheath safe and secure.

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Top ten deer hunting knives I used last season

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When the smoke clears, you have hopefully made a quick, clean kill on a trophy whitetail or mule deer. You need a good knife, because that animal deserves to be treated with respect. That means field dressing and skinning the animal quickly, so the carcass will cool rapidly, and so none of the meat will spoil. I used these knives during the last year’s deer seasons, and you can depend upon them too.

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Six old knives I’ll never sell

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I review many different kinds of knives. To stay in business, I barter, trade or sell knives to pay the bills and acquire more knives for reviews. A reader asked if I had one knife I wouldn’t part with. Actually, I have six that are not for sale..

A reader asked if there was one particular knife I wouldn’t sell. Here are six.

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Five knife fads and fashions that need to go away

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Cutlery goes through fads and fashion cycles just like anything else. Here are a few that need to fade into the sunset.

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