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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 Hauk, Scandi knives

Is the Bark River Hauk the belt knife you’ve been looking for?

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This Bark River Knives™  traditional-design belt knife has a lot going for it, and it might be the EDC or bushcraft knife you’re been looking for.

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Ambush Tundra, best hunting knife

Check out these 12 top knives for deer hunting

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Here are some blades worth checking out.

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Bark River 5 inch Kephart

Best utility knife? Check out the Bark River Kephart five-inch blade

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The Kephart design blade is a proven performer. This latest Kephart from Bark River may prove to be the best version yet.

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C.T. Fischer and Bark River Nessmuk knives

Review: C.T. Fischer Nessmuk Knife – a contender for best all-around knife

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Sometimes a knife just looks right, and that’s what drew my eye to an ad for a “Nessmuk” knife. It looked like a quality workhorse.

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Building an effective snow cave takes hard work and the right tools.

Do you need a machete in your emergency kit?

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I carry a machete in my car survival kit, and there are some tasks that a machete is ideally suited for. If you think one of those big South American knives is only good in the jungle or rain forests, think again!

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Jesse Hemphill custom Damascus, Damascus steel, best deer hunting knife

Can Damascus steel cut it in the deer hunting world?

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Damascus steel is REALLY pretty in a knife blade. But how does it work in the field? I took a Jesse Hemphill custom blade on a deer hunt, and used it hard. Check out the review.

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True Saber Shawnee, deer hunting knife, best hunting knife

Review: The True Saber Shawnee may be the hunting knife for you

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There’s nothing like a several-hour, hands-on meat cutting session to help you decide if you like a knife or not.

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Helle Tamagami, Les Stroud

Review: Is the Les Stroud Temagami survival knife worth the money?

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I am leery of celebrity-endorsed products. But the Helle Temagami knife, designed by “Survivorman” Les Stroud, has proven to be a solid performer.

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Bark River Knives, ambush tundra, best deer hunting knife

Review | Custom Ambush Tundra combines new handle design with old wood

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My latest knife collaboration combines an Ambush Tundra blade with a custom walnut handle by Pete Winkler. It is sooo cool.

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breaking beef, field test knives, best hunting knife

Field test | How do these hunting knives perform as meat cutters?

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To test a hunting knife for its intended purposes, you must do some meat cutting and processing. I took several to a butcher shop to do some hands-on testing.

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