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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.

Bark River Knives, Bark River Cub, best bushcraft knife

Field test: Bark River Cub proves its worth

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The Bark River Cub is a proven design that works very well for a hunting/survival knife. Here is what I found out when I field tested one on a whitetail.

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Best outdoor/kitchen knife? We review the Bark River Petty Z

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My knife testing generally starts in the kitchen, since that is where most people use knives. In some instances, you can tell right off the bat that the blade is not going to work for food preparation. In others, the knife might work so well that it never gets out of the kitchen. This Bark River Petty Z is at home in both outdoors and inside environments.

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Knife review | Bark River UP Bravo first look

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All cutlery aficionados have that grail knife somewhere in the back of their minds. 
But this Bark River UP Bravo meets all my requirements for a hunting/bushcraft knife, and my search for the grail may be over. Maybe.

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Why you should carry a multi-tool and a knife

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Best do-it-all knife? It doesn’t exist! But a combination of a fixed-blade knife and a multi-tool will probably be able to handle all your outdoor/survival cutlery needs. Here is why you need a combination of those tools.

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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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L.T. Wright GNS

How to choose the right grind for your bushcraft/survival/preparedness knife

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The grind, or edge confirmation, of a blade will determine what jobs it does well. Here’s how to choose that best grind for your knife.

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Review | Fire Creek Forge Bushcraft knife is solid user knife

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Sometimes the best cutlery reviewers are people who have a lukewarm interest in knives. Forget design, steel, handle material etc. – for these folks the bottom line is simple: Does the knife work?This Fire Creek Forge Bushcraft knife works quite well.

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L t Wright knives, gen 5

Knife review |L.T. Wright Gen 5

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A solid, dependable bushcraft knife can be invaluable and a life saver. The L.T. Wright Gen 5 may be the bushcraft knife you’ve been looking for.

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Review: Bark River Gunny Sidekick 3V is great user knife for hunters and outdoorspeople

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The Gunny is one of Bark River’s bestsellers, and one of my favorite EDC knives. The Sidekick combines the Gunny handle with a real user blade. It is going to do very well.

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Do you need a super steel knife blade? Five things to think about

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One of the most important aspects of a knife is the steel in the blade. But at what point does a designer or super steel blade become overkill and an added, unnecessary expense?

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