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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.

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Review: Gunny Hunter LT sets new standard for user knives

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Just when you think something can’t be improved upon, it happens. That is the case with the new Bark River Gunny LT. About all I can add is “WOW”!

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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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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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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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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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