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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.

Including a quality knife in your survival gear is a no-brainer. Here's a tool to save the edge on that survival knife

Save your survival knife’s edge – add a utility knife to your emergency gear

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Including a quality knife in your survival gear is a no-brainer. Here’s a tool to save the edge on that survival knife

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SCS Hemphill Custom Canadian may be my grail knife

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If a highly respected custom knife maker invited you to design your grail knife, what pattern and materials would you use? Jesse Hemphill made me that offer, and here is what I came up with.

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Knife review: Bark River Manitou combines super steel with classic design

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Combine a classic knife design with modern materials and you get my business every time. Bark River has done it again with this recreation of my first good sheath knife.

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Review: Bark River JX-6 Companion is great hunting and EDC knife

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The Bark River JX-6 probably shouldn’t be the only knife to take on a deer hunt, but it is one that shouldn’t be left behind.

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Mini Tundra and Tundra

First impressions of the Bark River Mini Tundra

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I’ve been singing the praises of the Ambush Tundra since it came out several years ago. The latest verse may need to include the most recent incarnation – the Mini Tundra.

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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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Five reasons you don’t need a choil on your knife blade

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Knives go through fashion cycles, just like any other product. One fad is the choil, a ground-out section in front of the handle. Here is why you don’t need one.

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