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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, gunny sidekick

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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Hemphill knives, SCS Pantenburg

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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Aurora Hunter, bark river knives

Aurora Hunter: Bark River combines two great knives to make a better hunting knife

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What happens when two great knife designs – the Kalahari blade and Aurora handle – are combined? In this case, a really great hunting knife is the result!

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Lon Humphrey knives, Tarpon

Lon Humphrey Tarpon | Check out this superb Every Day Carry knife

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Sometimes the most effective blade length for a job is under three inches. This Tarpon from Lon Humphrey Custom Knives, packs a lot of utility use in a small package.

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I made this knife and cardboard sheath 40-some years ago. The blade is quite usable and the sheath still does its job quite well! It doesn't work all that well for small game cleaning.

Choose the right knife for small game hunting

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You can skin and field dress squirrels, rabbits, upland game and smaller animals with many different styles of knives. Here’s how to pick one that can do the job well for you, while not breaking the budget.

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Jason Thoune, bravo 1, best all around knife

Bark River Bravo 1 3v – Possibly the Perfect Hard Use Knife

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How many times have we heard “What knife would you pick for…” (fill in the occasion)?
Most of us can only base our opinions on a few knives. Jason Thoune has access to literally thousands of knives in all shapes, sizes, steels, handles and grinds. Here is the knife he chooses.

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Hemphill knives, SCS Pantenburg

SCS Pantenburg is the best hunting knife for me

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I have not “needed” another knife for decades. But I couldn’t resist when custom knife maker Jesse Hemphill  told me “Design your grail knife and I’ll make it.” Here is what we came up with.

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bark river knives, fingerling

Bark River Fingerling review: This may be the hunting knife you’ve been looking for

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Bark River’s Fingerling reproduces a classic design with new, improved materials. This is going to be a very popular knife among hunters.

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Survival Knife Video and Review: Cold Steel Master Hunter

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The Cold Steel Master Hunter’s name says it all. If you could only have one knife for big game hunting, the Master Hunter just might be the best bet.

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Genesis 6, LT Wright Knives

Best survival knife? L.T. Wright Genesis 6 proves itself on ‘Alone’

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The L.T. Wright Genesis is one of my go-to bushcraft knives. So it took some convincing that it could be improved upon. If you’re looking for the ultimate bushcraft knife, the Genesis 6 is worth considering.

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