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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.

Cross Knives, best hunting knife, A2 steel, best deer hunting knife

Video: Cross Knives Forged Hunter combines good looks with usability

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Don’t let the good looks fool you –  this Cross Knives Forged Hunter, handmade by Pete Winkler, is pretty as well as being a hard working user. 

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Bark River Knives, Bowie knives, best Bowie knife

Video Bowie review: Bark River V-44 combines historical accuracy with new materials

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The Bark River V-44 Bowie combines modern materials with a time-tested design.

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Hatchet or saw: Choose the best portable survival kit woodcutting tool

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Should you carry a hatchet or a saw? It depends. When choosing any tool for wilderness or urban survival, anticipate where you might be when you may need the tool, and what tasks it will need to perform.

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Hyken Lite Hunter, Bark River knives

Another look at the Hyken Knives Lite Hunter

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Thinking about the best tools for deer hunting? A useful, quality knife should be right at the top of your list. This Hyken Knives™ Lite Hunter proved to be a superb hunting knife.

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This could be your favorite knife for deer hunting: Jesse Hemphill Town Creek II

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Jesse Hemphill has come up with another excellent knife for deer hunters. Here is how the Hemphill Town Creek II performs in the field.

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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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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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